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Foreign Policy
It’s time to stop pandering to China on Taiwan
Being wary of China drove Taiwan’s coronavirus success story
Hong Kong is fading away

Hong Kong Free Press
Taiwan’s global participation should go beyond WHO inclusion
Blocking Taiwan from helping the world fight the coronavirus
Make no mistake, this is Xi Jinping’s coronavirus

NewsLens International
Why Taiwan’s China Airlines and CPBL should change their names
Hong Kong’s two-faced identity


Foreign Policy
China still needs Hong Kong despite protests
For Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen, Xi Jinping is a poster boy 
China could unleash its paramilitary police in Hong Kong  
Hong Kongers won’t bow to Beijing, but their leaders will
Why does Beijing keep blaming foreigners in Hong Kong
End of Hong Kong is almost here

Hong Kong Free Press
Hong Kong’s “top” competitiveness masks its poor livability
Hong Kong was already in decline before the protests

NewsLens International
Can Asia stand up to China?
Xi’s “unification” demand shows Tsai’s stance to be correct

National Interest
Don’t count out Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen

My Taiwan awakening

Asia Review of Books
Out of the Gobi: My story of China and America

Rough Guides
What to see and do in Taipei besides the usual
6 great smaller cities to explore in Asia

Global Times
Asia Cup kicks off


Foreign Policy
China’s Greater Bay Area, a Massive White Elephant
China’s Propaganda Blitz is a Snooze
China Keeps Playing the Victim

Hong Kong Free Press
China’s overbearing, absurd attempts to bully Taiwan
Taiwan’s potential as a free speech and tech stronghold
China’s nebulous Greater Bay Area threatens Hong Kong

News Lens International
Missing photographer is latest victim of China’s arbitrary detentions
Hong Kong tech budget critique

Asia Review of Books
Lord of Formosa
Formosa Moon
Next Factory of the World- How Chinese Investment is Reshaping Africa
Taiwan Tales Vol 2- An Anthology
Home is not Here

Rough Guides 
Southern Taiwan’s art and history highlights
Japan’s Setouchi Region

Global Times
Arsenal’s Unai Emery vindicates his hiring


Asia Review of Books
End of the Asian Century
Everything Belongs to Us

Trickle-Down Censorship

TimeOut Hong Kong
Traveling Sri Lanka

Redefining Taiwan’s identity through diversity

Hong Kong Free Press
Beijing’s migrant crackdown affects entire society

Global Times
China’s other great capitals
Hong Kong more than just a shopping hub
Hunan heat

Arsenal overwhelm Everton
Top teams run wild
Arsenal hold Chelsea in surprising draw
Arsenal halt slide with Bournemouth win
Two sensational Test cricket upsets dent outlook

West Indies defeat signifies dire decline
Arsenal start off season with seven-goal thriller
Arsenal prevail over Chelsea in latest chapter of rivalry
Jon Jones reclaims LHW throne with spectacular KO

Arsenal lagging behind rivals in more ways than one

Mayweather, McGregor demean themselves with traveling circus
Arsenal summer heats up
Portugal look like favorites in Confederations Cup
Olympics hopes for lift from new sports
Season finishes with little drama as Liverpool pip Arsenal
 to 4th
Gunners end fantastic week with blowout of nemesis

Spurs run over Arsenal in North London Derby
Arsenal overcome City in FA Cup semifinal
Sunderland’s woes not just down to Moyes
Chelsea continue ruthless title charge
Gareth Southgate era starts with loss, win but still on right track
As Arsenal woes deepen, Wenger must decide soon
Barcelona, Arsenal experience historic week but for different reasons
Loss to Liverpool, Sanchez row worsen Arsenal’s troubling season
Relegation scrap is where the real action is in Premiership

Whether Wenger leaves or stays, it will be “Wright” decision

Familiar problems doom Arsenal against Chelsea
Big teams stumble as Liverpool lose in a shocker
Payet’s disappearing act a disgraceful lack of professionalism


Asia Review of Books
Vietnam- a New History
Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside

Global Times
Sri Lanka travel feature

Arsenal’s disastrous week sees return to old habits
Gunners serve notice this season may be different
Chelsea take apart City in clash of Premiership’s top two
Gunners end tricky November with a flourish
Bitter rivals clash in World Cup qualifying
Arsenal, Spurs share spoils after hard-fought London derby
Arsenal rely on trusty Giroud to beat Sunderland
Mourinho’s return to Chelsea results in shocking thrashing
Countries battle across the world in World Cup qualifying

Rampant Arsenal rock Chelsea in shock reversal 

Arsenal quietly building up steam

Criticism of Wenger for “overspending” is wrong

Rio Olympics pass halfway stage with dual character

$100 million for Higuain reflects madness of football

Olympics to kick off in two weeks clouded with controversy
Premiership clubs get busy right away after Euros
France-Ireland stands out amid poor Euro knockout games

Copa semifinals feature intriguing matchups
24-team Euro 2016 get underway with Welsh joy, English dismay
Would Gunners and Jamie Vardy be right for each other?
Real Madrid edge Atletico in cruel repeat of 2014 final
LVG’s sacking not surprising but showed lack of class from United

Crazy season finally ends but not without more drama

Leicester may have sealed title but still other compelling storylines

Arsenal fans right to be furious but wrong to blame Wenger

Arsenal’s toothless performance underlines troubles
West Indies live up to ‘Champions’ swagger in T20 final

England spring surprise but let’s not get too excited

Arsenal salvage some pride in North London derby

Super Sunday sees super heroics as Arsenal fight back

South African stars come out on top despite draw
Packed holiday schedule leaves top teams reeling

Time for Taiwan on the international stage


City Weekend Beijing

Milan travel piece
Who’s afraid of the big, bad dragon? book review

Global Times

Hong Kong competitiveness decline reflects reality
Hong Kong anti-mainland protests show ugly side of society
Declining retail sales, mainland visits may be an opportunity for Hong Kong

Shanxi’s Datong travel piece
Arsenal serve up a shocker but they had company
Mourinho’s sacking, LVG’s struggles put Arsene Wenger in new light
Wenger’s Gunner pull off great escape

Arsenal struggle to win as big teams continue to stumble
Big teams stutter on super weekend as Jamie Vardy makes history
Arsenal injury crisis deepens with Coquelin injury
Wounded Arsenal still in title mix
Chelsea, Mourinho malaise deepens 
Super Saturday sees goals galore as United go top, Spurs crush City
Wales agonizingly close to ending 57-year tournament drought
Big teams find themselves in unfamiliar territory early
Big teams’ spending spree not exactly a good thing
Manic Mourinho fails to prevent humbling by City
Season starts off with “nervous” Arsenal, lucky United
Mourinho’s taunts backfire as Arsenal finally beat Chelsea
Gold Cup controversy mars CONCACAF reputation
Australia roar back to crush England and level Ashes
Precocious Raheem Sterling forces through big move
Messi, Argentina come up short in major final again
Disgraceful Jara, disappointing Brazil mar Copa America quarterfinals

Copa America moves on after scrappy group stage
John Oliver’s message to Jack Warner leaves Trinidad grappling with notoriety
Juventus can hold heads high in Champions League defeat
Arsenal FA Cup triumph marks great end to improved season
Goalfests, heartbreak mark Premiership’s final day
Premiership teams fear Europa League, which is a bad thing
Gerrard still firing on as he ends illustrious career
Beijing Guoan match night shows CSL can be decent

Arsenal can take heart from Chelsea stalemate
Klopp stuns Dortmund with exit, but he’s earned the right

Manchester City’s defeat means two-team race for second place

Arsenal rip apart Liverpool to power on to top-three finish
Australia crush NZ to end hope of fairytale Cricket World Cup ending

A better Cricket World Cup would still need the smaller sides

Fight for top 4 Premiership places, not title, is the big race

Arsenal’s shock loss to Monaco not that surprising
Cote d’Ivoire win Africa Cup marred by off-field issues

Australia crown fine Asian Cup with first-ever victory

Asian Cup sees massive shocks

Saints keep marching on in the top four

Africa set to rumble come this weekend

Asian Cup kicks off as regional power aim for glory
New Year needs fresh Arsenal resolutions


Global Times

Hong Kong activists should focus on practical issues
Pitfalls of pragmatism for Chinese
Seoul – An Asian metropolis

Anhui charms-Huangshan, Hongcun, and Xidi
Hanoi – Vietnam’s fine capital
Diversity of Chinese culture (HK v Taiwan)
Chinese laughing at themselves
(how Chinese don’t banter)

Global Times -Extra Time sports column
Dire Dortmund head into winter break still searching for answers
Arsenal storm back with superb wins but Liverpool falter
Arsenal horror show may signal end of top-four status
Arsenal get back to winning ways with surprising defensive resolve
Arsenal comes out second best again against old rivals
Wales fight hard, Spain show new promise
Arsenal’s defensive weaknesses shown up in both Champions League, Premiership
Wide-open Premiership continues
Unfancied Southampton continue to rise after summer turmoil
Ebola strikes another blow to African football
International break brings shocks, pleasant surprises
Arsenal’s Ozil, Welbeck respond strongly to critics
Costa continues proving he’s for real as Chelsea romp to victory
England slammed after poor friendly match but criticism might be premature
Wild Premiership weekend a thrill for fans but not managers
Racist texts controversy reveals vile characters, troubling society
Premier League opening weekend sees lots of action, drama, even laughs
China, England suffer from same problem, but different causes
Commonwealth Games still have a place
in today’s sporting world
Real’s Rodriguez signing might mean Galactico part 2 but not necessarily success

Back to business for clubs, players after World Cup ends

This year’s World Cup – fantastic or flawed?

Champions League final result doesn’t tell the whole story


Global Times
Overindulge in Osaka
Forever Shaanxi – Xian and Huashan
Evergrande carrying China’s hopes -ACL final preview

China Daily
Exploring Hanoi
Taipei’s Yongkang Street
Durban’s unheralded delights
Resting place of tranquility- Luoyang, Henan, one of China’s four great capitals

The Asian Review of Books on the Web
China’s Silent Army-the Pioneers, Traders, Fixers, and Workers who are Remaking the World in Beijing’s Image
Scattered Sand: The Story of China’s Rural Migrants


Taiwan Review magazine
Coexisting on campus- mainland students in Taiwan

The Asian Review of Books on the Web
India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India
Eating Bitterness: Stories from the Front Lines of China’s Great Urban Migration
Lost Colony: The Untold Story of China’s First Great Victory over the West
The Secret Army: Chiang Kai-shek and the Drug Warlords of the Golden Triangle

Money in Mandarin site
5 Wonderful Ways to Make Your Grandparents Proud


Taiwan Review magazine
Pursuing higher education in English in Taiwan

The Asian Review of Books on the Web
The Wandering Falcon
The Scramble for China: Foreign Devils in the Qing Empire, 1832-1914

Diaspora Chinasmack
Embracing my Chinese identity


Matador Network
A look at the World Cup 2010 African teams

The Asian Review of Books on the Web
The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-shek and the Birth of Modern China
China Bound and Unbound-History in the Making: An Early Returnee’s Account

BootsnAll Travel
The Debate over Slum Tourism
Getting Away From It All in Taipei
Five of the Best Lesser-known Places to Enjoy in Hong Kong


The China Post

World’s Naval response to Somalia piracy a band-aid solution
Lessons from star athlete’s end

Foreign Community
An interview with Martin Jacques China’s rise will be on own terms
Economist Richard Thaler hopes to ‘nudge’ for good
Sharing her passion for Taiwan with foreigners

PrimeTime feature
Auctions taking a big hit from crisis

Book reviews

Eating the Dinosaur
Out of Mao’s Shadow
And Then the Roof Caved In: How Wall Street’s Greed and Stupidity Brought Capitalism to Its Knees
Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China
Lake with No Name
Dragon House
What the Dog Saw
The New Age of Adventure- The Best of Traveler Magazine
William Walker’s First Year of Marriage: A Horror Story
Her Fearful Symmetry
How to Tell Anyone Anything
When China Rules the World-The Rise of the Middle Kingdom and the End of the Western World
The Zookeeper’s Wife
Rich Brother, Rich Sister
Snow Falling on Cedars
Free-The Future of a Radical Price
Enough-Breaking Free from the World of Excess
Fugitive Denim-A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade
The House at Sugar Beach
Infinite Riches
The Accidental Billionaires
Hit the Ground Running
The Enchantress of Florence
The Second World: How Emerging Powers Are Redefining Global Competition in the Twenty-first Century
Rivals: How the Power Struggle Between China, India and Japan Will Shape Our Next Decade
Gang Leader for A Day
Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who ruled Europe
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
House of Meetings
Descent into Chaos
Rooftops of Tehran
A Year in the Merde
How the Mighty Fall
It’s Not About the Coffee
Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Forces
Problem Solving 101
Confucius From the Heart, Prisoner of the State
The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Generalissimo
On the Grand Trunk Road
The Angel of Grozny
How Starbucks Saved My Life, From Concept to Consumer
Spin-Free Economics, Nudge (written by a friend)
Forbidden Nation-A History of Taiwan, Talk to the Snail
The Way of the World, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
Then We Came to the End, Born on a Blue Day
The White Tiger, Freedom Writers Diary
Peaks and Valleys, When You are Engulfed in Flames (written by a friend)
Outliers – the story of success, Bull in China
Deluxe How Luxury Lost its Luster, Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire


The China Post

A Taiwan experience in South Africa and Swaziland
Asian views on life in Taiwan- Expatchat
American journalist teaches local media

Canadian Immigrant magazine

The high life-successful Indian-born, Hong Kong-raised realtor
Celebrating Caribana
Sweet success-ethnic marketing helps Tropical Treets succeed
Singing from the heart
Successful lawyer, writer and community leader
Czech immigrant brings pain relief
Acting out (Young activists)

York Excalibur (York University community newspaper)
If you’re wondering why I’ve got my university paper stories up, it’s because I started this blog and this list while I was in university and I keep it for memory’s sake, not because I want to make my article portfolio seem inflated.

Book review-A journey through the Congo
York ups security
Congo conference educates students
Pouncing on the Asian tiger
Toronto’s poor citizens don’t get to share the wealth in economic high times
Student rally for Pakistan
‘Lest we forget’ the Rwandan genocide
Book explores tragic story of oil in turbulent Africa

A remembrance of the Nanjing Massacre


The China Post
NSC unveils licensing expo participants

York Excalibur (York University community newspaper)

AIDS fundraising
Monk-led protests spotlight repressive Burmese military rule
Former PM Joe Clark gives lecture
Halal options contested
Sudanese Lost Boy’s novelised memoir
The strange rise of modern India
Hillel criticises Columbia University over Ahmadinejad visit
York introduces Jewish studies
New rules to prevent long OSAP pick-up lines
Virtually mapping a real-life genocide
Archives of Ontario move to York

Opticians eyeing York Lanes
Human rights and foreign intervention
Emergency bursaries offered
West African warlord finally on trial
Support Centre funding cut
Universities prepare for cohort 2.0
Students create note-archiving website
Development continues


Caribbean Living
Interview with co-leader of Caribana 2006 Band of Year Carnival Nationz 1 2

York Excalibur
Atkinson renovates
York updates Code of Conduct
The Thrifty Manifesto


York Excalibur (York University community newspaper)
Learning from others
Students and provincial debt
TTC blues


Schmap Toronto guide- CN Tower

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