Tagged: China

Contemplating the Future of the Two Koreas

About a month ago, I attended my second and last conference as Korea Foundation Fellow for the Pacific Forum-Center for Strategic and International Studies. My first conference participation was in Maui, Hawaii in June, and my second one was in Honolulu, Hawaii. Because the first conference involved participants from the U.S., South Korea, and Japan, […]

Costa Rica’s Encounter with China

Last week, I attended a conference on China’s Reforms held at the University of Costa Rica (UCR), located in the capital of the country – San José, Costa Rica. I benefitted from information in books on Costa Rica prior to the trip. Other than my previous short trips to Mexico, this would be my first […]

Workshop on Media in Contemporary Chinese Politics: Does the Party Still Control the Message?

The Chinese government is still in control of their media by monitoring newspapers or broadcast news, one way or the other. It was a wonder how they actually manage to send out gong-an (公安局) officials just in time between near the break of dawn for newspaper delivery and waking hours to tear newspapers containing reports that were not favorable to the CCP. Under harsh circumstances for journalism, it is only natural that one gets curious about how serious media control is in China as of late.