Identity: My Life as a Third Culture Kid

"Home is everywhere and nowhere." ~Ruth Van Reken Travel has always been a major part of my life. Change, I have always accepted and moved on. But as I matured and grew up and once again had to move from my home, leaving behind everyone and everything, I was forced to break through the norms …

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Are ‘eco-cities’ truly the answer that can solve China’s environmental problems?

What started out as experimenting with new green urban designs has turned into something even bigger. China is currently developing 285 eco-cities. 285.   They're being built all across China, as a part of China's attempt to rapidly transition and stabilize its many fronts. 80% of all prefectural-level cities are said to have at least one …

Hong Kong vs Taiwan: Comparing lives in two different places

Having lived in both Hong Kong and Taiwan, here I'll recount some of the differences between the two places. Accompanied by comics from Taiwanese artist Jie Jie. 1. Air Quality. Hong Kong citizens have gotten used to the higher-than-average level of PM 2.5, and even when the AQI number rises, they continue on their day …

Typhoon Nesat and Haitang: Highlighting another storm that we cannot weather

My friends detail to me the way the typhoon has hit Taiwan - sudden, fast, and vicious. I remember experiencing super Typhoon Meranti barreling into Taiwan last year, bringing destruction and torrential rains with it. The winds shook our apartment building, the numerous glass windows creaking under the vicious hand of the wind. Towels were …

The Hong Kong-China Train: Bringing over not only passengers, but laws

It's the latest controversial plan in Hong Kong: one that would allow Chinese mainland law to apply in Hong Kong territory. Hong Kong has unveiled a plan to build a high-speed train that links West Kowloon to the Shenzhen border - an attempt to streamline operations at the upcoming Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, due …

Liaoning and OOIL: The show(s) of force in Hong Kong

Liaoning, China's first operational aircraft, arrived in Hong Kong Friday morning (July 7, 2017), just days after the Chinese President Xi Jin-ping warned the city against independence forces. As protests raged on behind him, he warned Hong Kong that challenges to the Beijing government was "impermissible". The political climate around Hong Kong and Beijing has grown …

North Korea’s Missile Addiction: The controversial sparks explained

North Korea has long been noteworthy for its "remarkable" dictatorship, but it proved to truly be a force to be reckoned with, when it fired at least six test missiles in 2006. Since then, North Korea has boasted their nuclear power from flaunting missiles during the Day of the Sun, to launching a new type …

China’s One Belt, One Road: The changing status quo

"Spanning more than 68 countries and encompassing 4.4 billion people and up to 40% of the global GDP, China's One Belt, One Road project is not short on ambition," CNN writes. It's true. Promises of massive economic boosts and being able to lift millions out of poverty have been boasted by China, but could this just be another …