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5th Cohort Welcome Day

We formally welcomed our fifth cohort on August 24th – an incredible group of 131 individuals from 40 countries and 98 universities. Scholars heard from Founding Trustee Steve Schwarzman, Executive Director Amy Stursberg, Dean Xue Lan, and many other alumni and staff members about the upcoming year and the founding mission of the program: to…

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New York & Beijing, December 4, 2017 – Schwarzman Scholars, the Master’s degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, today announced its third class. 142 Schwarzman Scholars were selected from over 4,000 applicants. The Class of 2019 is comprised of students from 39 countries and 97 universities with 41% from the United States, 20% from…

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Overall, China’s national strategy of developing its sports culture is starting to yield results. The acquisition of the Ironman triathlon series of races by Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group led to some of the first large scale triathlons in China. Two world championship qualifying half-Ironman distance races were produced by Wanda in 2016, attracting more than 1,500 athletes each from over 50 countries, with another five races planned for 2017.

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By neglecting to define the role of women, Confucius (Kongzi, 孔子) allows those interpreting the texts to belittle women. One of the only direct references to women in the Analects is “Women and servants are hard to deal with” (Analects 17.25). The passage continues on to say that one loses their reserve being near women and servants, and one is resentful being far.

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If what Confucianism and Judaism share is a strong ethical orientation, then filial piety is their archetypal shared principle. In Confucianism, filial piety is considered the paramount virtue, the first step on the road to benevolence (ren, 仁). Because duty to one’s family is the most quotidian and, thus, feasible form of ethical behavior, it is regarded as the root of all other virtue. The concept is denoted by the character xiao (孝), which is pictographically comprised of a child holding up his elder.

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The topic of ethnic food is widely recognized in the academic literature on tourism, travel and leisure. However, because of this discipline’s focus on optimization and sales, the problems of ethnic relations are often reduced to business problems. This observation does not satisfy the need for a culturally conscious analysis of the perceptions of ethnic cuisine.

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Good science fiction is almost always a commentary on our present values and principles. Liu Cixin’s epic science fiction trilogy, Remembrance of Earth’s Past (地球往事), more commonly known as The Three Body Problem (三体), has sold more than a million copies globally. The series has been credited with bringing Chinese science fiction onto the world stage; the novels even featured on President Obama’s and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s reading lists for 2015.

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Central American and Caribbean countries must be proactive. Doing so will set a strong foundation for a mutually beneficial relationship moving forward. However, to ensure that their relationship produces win-win outcomes, governments in the region must design a long-term strategic plan for engaging and cooperating with Mainland China to solve long-standing infrastructure, energy, and trade challenges. Only by doing so will it be ensured that mutual friendship will also lead to mutual prosperity on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.

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Over the past twenty years, China has witnessed a splendid transformation. Interestingly, this came at a time when debate over East and West was at its least pronounced.

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China’s growing influence in the Middle East stems primarily from its expanding economic ties with the region. Today, China is the top net oil importer in the world, and Middle East’s biggest consumer of oil. Four of the top six sources of Chinese oil are Middle Eastern countries. Furthermore, China is the largest foreign investor in the oil and gas sectors of Iraq and Iran, two of the region’s main oil producers.

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