Author: BakChiZai

American companies get into the spirit of Lunar New Year, hoping good fortune comes their way

As Asian-Americans across the US mark the Lunar New Year, they can celebrate by eating Mickey Mouse-shaped tofu, sporting a pair of Year of the Pig-inspired Nike shoes and by snacking on pricey cupcakes. The delicacies and traditions that once made a generation of Asian-Americans feel foreign are now fodder for merchandising. Between now and…

University of Iowa readmits Chinese student Yin Pengzhen, a serial cheater who admitted plagiarism, after court blunder

A University of Iowa student from China expelled for repeated academic misconduct has been readmitted after the school blundered by failing to use his written admissions of cheating against him in court, the school confirmed Tuesday. A judge said that her order in the high-profile case, reinstating business student Yin Pengzhen, now appears unjust given…

‘Speak English’: US author Barbara Ehrenreich hates clean-up queen Marie Kondo, says her using Japanese proves US is a declining power

US author and progressive political activist Barbara Ehrenreich is known for bestselling books such as Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream, and most recently, Natural Causes, released in 2018. But in a since-deleted xenophobic tweet, Ehrenreich made a comment about fellow author…

Polarising US President Donald Trump even has Chinese feng shui masters divided as predictions fly for Year of the Pig

So much has been said about polarisation under Donald Trump. And now even feng shui masters are divided over the US president, with contrasting outlooks on how he will perform in the Year of the Pig. One Hong Kong fortune-teller said impeachment was on the cards for the president, while another went as far as…

Uygur restaurateur from Xinjiang, detained in Turkey for suspected terror links, wary of China’s reach

Late at night on October 31 last year, Wang Yi and her husband Kerem Mamut had just returned to their home in Basaksehir, a middle-class Istanbul neighbourhood, after a visit to the doctor to treat one of their children who had a fever. The couple who are from China’s Xinjiang province, but have lived in…

Live burials, underage sex: El Chapo drug trial’s most shocking and bizarre moments

Until his trial began, much of the public perception of accused Mexican drug lord “El Chapo”, real name Joaquin Guzman, had come from rumours and legend. But over the past three months the court has heard what the lead prosecutor, Andrea Goldbarg, called “a mountain of evidence” against the notorious leader of the Sinaloa cartel,…

When Trump opens his arms to Kim again, could they close the door on the Korean war?

When military leaders from the United States, North Korea and China signed an armistice in 1953 after three years of bloody conflict, they agreed to reach a “peaceful settlement” to the war within months. The settlement never came, and the Korean war never ended – officially, it continues to this day. But that could change…

Donald Trump picks World Bank sceptic David Malpass to lead institution

This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by Victoria Guida and Ben White on politico.com on February 4, 2019. US President Donald Trump is expected to tap Treasury Department official David Malpass as the US pick to lead the World Bank, according to senior administration officials, a clear…

What gave Beijing an edge in 2022 Olympics decision? ‘Everything is easier in dictatorships’ says world ski chief Gian Franco Kasper

International ski chief Gian Franco Kasper suggested on Monday that “everything is easier in dictatorships” in reference to the awarding of the 2022 Winter Olympics to China. “Dictators can organise events such as this without asking the people’s permission,” the 75-year-old honorary International Olympic Committee member told Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger. “For us, everything is…