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March 7, 2016

Speaking at Asia Society in New York last week, former Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said that to maintain peace across the Taiwan Strait, “we should let the young people of the two sides get to know each other — as soon and as many as possible.” Ma added that Taiwan’s democracy may be having an endearing influence on young mainlanders, and said that during his re-election campaign of 2012 he was “astonished” by how much it was discussed on the mainland’s internet.
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In the new book Makers and Takers, Global Financial Columnist for the Financial Times Rana Foroohar describes how finance, once a sleepy profession concerned with allocating money to businesses, emerged as a major industry in itself, and what the consequences have been for the American economy. In an interview with Asia Blog, Foroohar discussed how she fell into journalism, why she honed in on the finance industry, and what disturbs her about the Trump administration.
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When he was 19, Chad Lewis took a two-month crash course in Mandarin before heading off to do missionary work in Taiwan. It was the start of a journey that would culminate in a nine-year National Football League career that included three Pro Bowl appearances. In an interview with Asia Blog, Lewis discussed the prospects for American football in China, his process of learning Chinese, and how he drew on his time in Taiwan to become a professional athlete.
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