7/18/2018, Miranda Sita

Midday on WNYC: China's Railway Expansion

Midday on WNYC: China's Railway Expansion

Via WNYC, Guest host Arun Venugopal speaks with journalist Will Doig about his new book, High-Speed Empire: Chinese Expansion and the Future of Southeast Asia. Today, China owns a network of 14,000 miles of high-speed rail, far more than the rest of the world combined, and it is now pushing its railway expansion further into Southeast Asia. The… more

5/9/2018, Miranda Sita

High-Speed Empire: Journalist Will Doig

High-Speed Empire: Journalist Will Doig

Less than a decade ago, China did not have a single high-speed train in service. Now, the Pan-Asia Railway portion of the One Belt One Road initiative could transform Southeast Asia. Will Doig traveled through Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore to chronicle the dramatic transformations taking place. Do ordinary people have a voice in this… more

4/5/2016, Jacob Kushner

Is Latin America’s China Boom Even Bigger than Africa’s?

Is Latin America’s China Boom Even Bigger than Africa’s?

When Europeans began arriving in the New World at the end of the 15th century, they used the region to source silver, gold, coffee, and wool. Today, China is the foremost trading partner with several Latin American countries, and buys oil from Venezuela, Mexico, and Ecuador; iron ore from Brazil; beef from Argentina; and copper… more

2/11/2016, Will Doig

Why China’s ‘Tide of Return’ Migration Is a Good Thing

Why China’s ‘Tide of Return’ Migration Is a Good Thing

On February 1, at China's Guangzhou Railway Station—a battle royale on a good day—a snowstorm stranded tens of thousands of passengers. The timing couldn’t have been worse. It was the beginning of the world’s largest annual human migration, the Lunar New Year, when reuniting Chinese families run up three billion trips in a matter of… more

10/15/2015, Clay Shirky

How China’s Apple Became Successful Overnight

How China’s Apple Became Successful Overnight

In simple environments, people acquire new capabilities by acquiring new objects. In complex environments, people acquire new capabilities by using new services. And as anyone who’s busily added apps to their smartphone knows, the one problem apps are no good at solving is the problem of having too many apps. Environments with rising complexity always… more

10/13/2015, Clay Shirky

The Top Producer of Goods in the World Is Also Becoming the Top Consumer

The Top Producer of Goods in the World Is Also Becoming the Top Consumer

There are a lot of people in China. This fact can seem like a bit of local color, a background association like France and cheese or Thailand and beaches. For people who live here, though, and especially for people who work here, population is a force like gravity, affecting almost everything else. Once you leave… more

10/6/2015, Clay Shirky

This Phone Is Not Only Made in China, It's Made for China

This Phone Is Not Only Made in China, It's Made for China

A couple of years ago, while I was doing some work at NYU’s Shanghai campus, I got lost on the subway. As a New Yorker, it takes a lot to make me feel like a country mouse, but at triple the population of my hometown, Shanghai does it. Even though the Shanghai subway system is… more

8/24/2015, Clay Shirky

Why China's Economy is OK—but China's Government Is Not

Why China's Economy is OK—but China's Government Is Not

You can sum up what's happened to the Chinese stock market this summer in a few quick figures. If you'd invested in the Shanghai Composite a year ago—August of 2014—when the index was around 2,200 points, your investment would have increased in value by 45 percent through today. If you'd waited until Jan. 1, 2015… more

8/20/2015, Will Doig

When China’s Disasters Remind Us of America

When China’s Disasters Remind Us of America

In Brockton, Massachusetts, you can purchase a car at Shoe City Auto Sales, drive it to the Shoe City Tavern, and afterward, recycle your bottle at the Shoe City Redemption Center. What you can’t do is manufacture a shoe—not since 2009, when workers at Brockton’s last remaining shoe factory, FootJoy, threaded their final eyelets and… more

8/13/2015, Columbia Global Reports

Kirkus Reviews Calls 'Little Rice' an 'Intelligently Delivered Update on China'

Kirkus Reviews Calls 'Little Rice' an 'Intelligently Delivered Update on China'

When Clay Shirky was planning his move to China to teach at the campus of NYU Shanghai, he found out about a new little publishing imprint called Columbia Global Reports, and immediately wrote to its director Nicholas Lemann, proposing to spend a year chronicling China's attempt to become a real innovator in digital technology. One… more