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The recent article published by Maddie D’Iorio in defense of Tigers for Liberty’s “Commie Cookies” display is worth reading. It clearly establishes that Tigers for Liberty (TFL) is concerned with shock value, not activism or substantive debates. Instead of responding to the extensive investigation of the historical context for Maoism in China, D’Iorio elected to dedicate the entire article to doubling down on their racist display, leveraging all the classic justifications for racism to boot....

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In this column, I hope to clear up some of the misconceptions around Tigers for Liberty’s (TFL) tabling last week on the subject of Mao’s founding of the People’s Republic of China. I’ve heard that some people were offended at us handing out fortune cookies in order to raise awareness about the horrors of Mao’s China. However, I would respond to this simply — is it not more upsetting to remember the fact that 60...

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The Trinitonian has recently run a series of columns about the importance of civic engagement. From debating difficult issues with people with whom we disagree, to engaging with local politics, these pieces have stressed that college students have both the right and responsibility to make their voices clear in civic conversations. I have little to add to these editorials besides expressing my esteem and agreement. But when I think of civic engagement among young people,...

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Former U.S. secretary of defense Ash Carter visited Trinity as this year’s Flora Cameron lecturer. Carter focused on international security, on changes in administration and on U.S. relations with foreign competitors and agitators such as Russia and China. The lecture is a part of an annual series that focuses on politics and was held on March 21 in Laurie Auditorium. Carter drew in a diverse crowd from around San Antonio including many residents, college students from...

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On our first date, he bought me a mooncake. We strolled through the park behind New Town Plaza, a sprawling commercial metropolis only two train stops from my residence at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He invited me to sit on quiet bench, where he cut the cake into four pieces. “We eat it for the mid-autumn festival, to celebrate the harvest moon,” he told me, presenting me a piece speared on a small...

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The International Arts Vocal Recital held in Ruth Taylor Recital Hall showcased how vocal performances are capable of telling stories and immersing audiences in new cultures. I am in no way familiar with Chinese music or language, but I can definitely say that each and every song performed left me speechless and wanting more. Skilled musicians from the Music School of Henan Polytechnic University, a school of mines in China’s Henan province, performed in the...

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As students in a multicultural age, we are bombarded with media produced from all corners of the globe. This growing web of pop culture is by no means limited to the United States. A new course is coming to Trinity to analyze just how the cultural products of the world are affecting a different country: China. China Pop in Globalization is an upper-division Special Topics in Communication Media course to be offered in the 2018...