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Golden Week in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 5. Politics, Shanghai by Yuka Niwa2 Comments

Chinese politics is both complicated and straightforward depending on who you talk to. On October 1st, China celebrated “国庆节” (Guoqing jie) or the National Day of the People’s Republic of China which also marks the first day of ‘Golden Week’, a week long holiday for Chinese Nationals and NYU Shanghai students. October 1st is the “official” day for when the …

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A Drunkard or A President? How About Both.

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 5. Politics, Prague by Vivian1 Comment

When you Google, “Czech president”, the first search bar recommendation that pops up is, “Czech president drunk”. Now if that doesn’t concern you, or at least catch your attention, I don’t know what will. Coming to Prague, the first thing I expected was to finally escape the lunacy of what is notoriously known as the Trump presidency. Though I did …

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Getting a Seat on the Subway Has Been the Most Golden Part About This Week

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 5. Politics, Shanghai by Brooke1 Comment

As I elbow my way through a throng of people, practically get pushed down the stairs just to barely make it on to the overflowing subway and have my nose touching the glass window, I knew it was Golden Week in Shanghai. Golden Week begins on October 1st and it’s to celebrate the founding of the People’s Republic of China, …

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A Hopeful Future

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 5. Politics, Shanghai by Rachel1 Comment

In my Chinese class, I learned that the Chinese language doesn’t use gendered pronouns. Instead, the word ta refers to he/him and she/her pronouns. According to The Economist, it was sometimes hard to tell if 9th century Chinese love poetry, during the Golden Age of Chinese literature, was directed towards men or women. Currently in mainland China, homosexuality is no …

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The Great Wave

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 5. Politics, Berlin by Ashley Jankowski1 Comment

As a journalism student, I am often confronted with the question of whether or not to cover something or someone. The debate in New York City newsrooms typically centered around Donald Trump’s tweeting habits; here in Germany, I find that the the question shifts towards coverage about the newly established Parliamentary presence of the Alternative for Germany, or AfD. The …

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Dónde Está Santiago Maldonado

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 5. Politics, Buenos Aires by Kiana1 Comment

“History has a way of repeating itself.” No. The progression of time doesn’t make the same mistakes, people do. Governments do. An increasing gap in understanding between opaque leadership and a furious public perpetuates itself, but the day the inflictors take responsibility is the day these patterns are broken. Today, we find Argentina in the midst of this blame game. …

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How will France be?

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 5. Politics, Paris by Howard1 Comment

Started from the Enlightenment, figures such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau argued that individual rights could be guaranteed “only by a “social contract” among the citizens, thus suggesting the need for a formal constitution, which at the time neither the English nor the French had”. (Censer and Hunt, 35) Rousseau’s concept of “general will” simultaneously provided the origins of democracy and the …

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Vote Yes

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 5. Politics, Sydney by Falynn1 Comment

Since the day I entered Sydney, I heard talk on the news, radio, in restaurants, anywhere and everywhere about Australia’s Marriage Equality Postal Survey. At the moment, same-sex marriage is still illegal in Australia. This definitely surprises me, considering that the areas of Australia that I have seen or heard of are relatively laid back and socially progressive. Also, there …

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Tomio Okamura: Racist Czech-Japanese Politician who claims he can’t be racist

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 5. Politics, Prague by Maria Alejandra1 Comment

I will not deny the fact that a part of me decided to study abroad again to escape Trump’s U.S. It was not long before I found out that—surprise surprise—Czech politics are not all that great either. The rise of conservative, right-wing, parties and politicians seems to be a universal phenomenon. I first learned this the hard way in Paris. …