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Tian Yi

I moved to the US in 1992 to pursue a graduate degree in science. Not satisfied with Darwin and Einstein, I jumped over to the business world in 1998 and stayed there for 6 years. Unable to emulate Steve Jobs, I moved back to Beijing in 2004 to embark on writing and film-making. Currently I travel between the US and China. You can find some of my random observations of the cultural complexities in our increasingly globalized world on BloggerBlogger and MSN Spaces.

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Latest posts by Tian Yi

The Law of Love in China

How to regulate love in China? A mock law on love has been circulating online in China as early as 2002 and was recently picked up by mainstream media. Joel...

Too Many Rights in The Prison?

Flying Yangban applauds the South Korean government's consideration to officially abolish the death penalty. However, he shudders at the thought of extending voting rights to prisoners.

China's Tiny Step towards Facing Its Past

The Peking Duck gives China credit for opening up the first Cultural Revolution Museum for the people to remember the past – “Yes, it (China) can do a lot more....

Democracy on Tabloid?

On The View from Taiwan, Michael Turton and readers discuss how Apple Daily, the top selling tabloid newspaper in Hong Kong and Taiwan, reflects the regions’ democracy, freedom of speech...

Marxist Class Analysis in Hong Kong

Simon on Simon World considers that “Marxist class analysis pervades even the world's free-est economy, that darling of laissez-faire economics, Hong Kong”. He cites the latest budget discussion as evidence.

How Many Parents Can Toby Have?

So far 10 South Korean have claimed to be either Toby Dawson's birth parents or relatives. Toby Dawson was born in South Korea, adopted by his American parents at age...

All Quiet on The Chinese Front

The topic of Internet and press censorship in China continued to draw heated debate after the US congressional hearing on this issue last week. Rebecca MacKinnon wrote a comprehensive review...

Political Posture on China in the US Congress

US Congressman Tom Lantos sharply criticized the US hi-tech firms for helping the Chinese government censor the Internet at Wedn's congressional hearing. Chinese blogger Keso compares that to Chinese government's...

The Threat of China, Inc.

To acquire sophisticated engine technology, China is buying a car engine plant in Brazil, breaking it up and shipping the pieces back to China for re-assembly. Richard and readers of...

Racism in China and South Korea

Matthew Stinson observes the similarities and the differences between the Chinese and the Koreans regarding racism.

Gulag for Those Who Talk in North Korea

On The Korea Liberator, Joshua recalls the North Korean cheering squad whose presence at the 2002 Asian Games sparked a mood of reconciliation between the North and the South. A...

How to Take a Stand on Censorship in China?

In PowerPoint bullet-point style, Beijing Loafer explains on Beijing or Bust the many complex issues on the topic of Internet censorship in China and why it is difficult for him...

Taiwan's International Relations, a Detailed View

Douglas Adams on Jujuflop gives a detailed analysis and update on Taiwan's foreign relations: “When it comes to international relations, only two things really matter in Taiwan: Taiwan’s relationship with...

The Benefit of Owning ICBMs

Kim Myong Chol, North Korea’s unofficial spokesman in Japan, boasted of North Korea owning a fleet of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) capable of unleashing retaliatory nuclear strikes on the US...

Kimchi-Based Anti-Bird-Flu Air-Conditioners

The Lost Nomad reports that South Korea's LG Electronics has begun selling air-conditioners equipped with enzyme to fight the bird flu. The enzyme is extracted from kimchi, Korea's staple pickled...

Hong Kong, Here Comes The Pollution

China has just announced the building of two large nuclear power plants in Southern China. HK Dave reminisces on Simon World about what the announcement says about China's skyrocketing energy...

The Famous Director Goes to Court

Chen Kaige, one of the most prominent Chinese film directors, is suing a young man for making a video spoofing the director's latest martial arts fantasy epic, The Promise. Chen,...

No Chinese Arrested for Internet Writing?

People's Daily, the propaganda mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, recently published a piece in which a Chinese official claimed “No Chinese has arrested for Internet writing”. The Chinese blogosphere...

Panda Remorse

In the midst of the debate in Taiwan over whether to accept China's “generous” offer of pandas, The Foreigner in Formosa points out that “American zoos are having a bit...

Korean Husbsters

The Lost Nomad and his readers discuss Korea's fascination with “hubs”. One reader comments that “a nation claiming to want to become the hub of this and the hub of...

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