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Johns Hopkins SAIS
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Culture, Democracy, Diplomacy, Economy, Ethics, Globalization, Governance, Innovation, Justice, Peace, Religion, Security, War
Tell everyone a little about yourself and what you hope to gain from the Global Ethics Network.
My professional and academic interests mainly involve China; it's what I study and what I plan to focus my career on. I think there is substantial need for a conversation in China about mediating market economics with ethical concerns. Since China "opened up" there has been a growing sense of despiritualization, rampant consumerism, and materialism (i.e. the same concerns as ever that come with modernity). But there is really not much of a conversation of what to replace Maoist ideological fervor with besides empty capitalism. Where do markets fail? What are China's common values? How do you translate those values into policy? These conversations needs to happen, and I hope I can facilitate them.

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Ideological Contradictions on Tiananmen Square

Posted on August 6, 2013 at 1:19am 0 Comments

"Hold high the great flag of socialism with Chinese characteristics, under the guidance of Deng Xiaoping theory, the important thought of 'Three Represents,' and the Scientific Outlook on Development, and firmly and steadfastly advance on the road to socialism with Chinese characteristics, so as to build an all-around moderately-prosperous society and…


Modernity and the Chinese Experience

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 11:42am 0 Comments

This is a piece I wrote that was published in the SAIS Observer, a student-run monthly at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

I am one of two international students in my “Modernity and World Social Thought” class at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center; the other twenty or so are all Chinese students. Every week we talk about questions of modernity and modernization: whether a country can become technologically “modernized” without being culturally and psychologically…


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At 3:10am on October 18, 2012, Cinthya said…

Welcome William.

It's nice to see you here. I'm Cinthya from Indonesia.

By the way, I'm really interested with what you wrote about China. And I'm Chinese-Indonesian anyway. I'm thinking to join this --> http://www.carnegiecouncil.org/about/announcements/0066.html . So I'm really interested in having some conversations with you. We may collaborate if we have the same thought I guess.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.



At 12:06pm on October 16, 2012, Evan O'Neil said…

William, welcome to the Network. We look forward to some of your thoughts from China. Original posts are always the best, but you are also welcome to cross-post from China and Its Discontents.


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Global Ethics Weekly: Human Rights on the Ground, with Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox

Quinnipiac's Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox discusses her work researching the conception of human rights in a community in rural India. She tells the story of Chaya Kakade, a woman who went on a hunger strike after the Indian government proposed a tax on sanitary napkins, and has since built her own production center in Latur. How does Kakade understand human rights? How can Westerners move beyond a legalistic view of the concept?

The Future is Asian, with Parag Khanna

"The rise of China is not the biggest story in the world," says Parag Khanna. "The Asianization of Asia, the return of Asia, the rise of the Asian system, is the biggest story in the world." This new Asian system, where business, technology, globalization, and geopolitics are intertwined, stretches from Japan to Saudi Arabia, from Australia to Russia, and Indonesia to Turkey, linking 5 billion people.

China's Cognitive Warfare, with Rachael Burton

How is China influencing democracies such as Taiwan, Korea, and the United States? "I think there are three areas that you can look at," says Asia security analyst Rachael Burton. "The first is narrative dominance, which I would call a form of cognitive warfare. Beijing has been able to set the terms of debate . . . and once you're asking the questions, then you're able to drive intellectuals or policymakers to a certain answer."





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