My Farewell By: Han Han Translated by: Margaret Xuanyi Lu Many people do not know this, but I was the class representative for math in elementary school. Afterwards, due to my carelessness and my preference for writing, I didn’t do as well in math anymore. Shortly after that, I met my first girlfriend, ‘Z’, who ranked among the top three students in our school. Z was the kind of girl who could solve the hardest geometry question on any math test using several different methods. I was the kind of guy who wanted to disregard calculations and simply use a measuring instrument to find the answer. With Z’s grades, she was bound to be accepted into one of the city’s best high schools. However, she was also very proud and would never let anything interfere with her schoolwork. Even if I did well, the best high school I could hope to get accepted to would have been a high-ranking community high school. I knew that Z would never deliberately do worse so that we could attend the same high school. All I could do was to work hard myself. Never believe people who tell you that distance isn’t a problem in love. You’re not mistaken if you thought that this story sounds like the plot of my novel Triple Door. The only exception is that in Triple Door, the...Read More
Category: Society & Culture
Young people in both the U.S. and China remain in the spotlight of politics, whether they are being discussed as a group, praised, or criticized. But are students in the US and China actually involved with politics in their respective countries? Has student involvement changed historically? While it is difficult to compare American and Chinese student involvement in politics because of how incredibly different their governments are in terms of structure (communist state vs. constitutional federal republic), how political parties operate (one major party vs. two major parties), and political outlooks (the system as a means to an end and betterment of the country vs. the system as morally just). This article serves as a brief examination of what political participation can...Read More
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Every week, China Program’s Senior Advisor Dr. Robert A. Kapp compiles a reading list and provides commentary, for you to better understand China.
Robert A. Kapp is senior advisor to the China Program at the Carter Center. He has been principal of Robert A. Kapp and Associates, a business consulting firm, since 2004. From 1994 through 2004 he served as President of the United States-China Business Council…