Author: Jiankun Wu

US-China Trade War

While exploring the food systems and rural communities of Iowa on an Alternative Spring Break trip, two things surprised me. The first, is that I became a vegetarian. The second, is that Iowa has become a geopolitical battlefield at the center of a recent trade dispute between the US and China. On March 1, President… Read more »

Professor David Collings: Giving and Receiving in Literature and Life

Outside the white-latticed window of Massachusetts Hall, I witnessed the fall of the last ruddy leaf in November with my Oxford edition of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in hand. With Professor David Collings, I had my first “French pronunciation” class–The Ravages of Love, a first-year seminar through the English Department. Lost in his soothing voice, we… Read more »

Covering Up Child Abuse in China

November in China was turbulent. Following the anger incited by juvenile abuse in a day care center in Shanghai, people were again unsettled on Friday, November 24th by similar reports from the RYB (Red Yellow Blue) Education Kindergarten in Xintiandi, Beijing. Reports claim that three-year-olds in one class were fed white pills, needle punctures were… Read more »

Will Outdoor Activities Ever Be Popular in China?

Exhaustion, excitement, nostalgia, fatigue, hope, apprehension… Mixed feelings fill our chests when we start our college lives. To ease this especially hard transition, colleges design orientation programs. At as early as five in the morning, Bowdoin College students start off their journeys to Maine locations that range from Indian Pond to Vinalhaven Island. For many… Read more »