Author: Richmond World Affairs Council (Richmond World Affairs Council)

The Asian Glass Ceiling: America’s Diplomatic Dilemma
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The Asian Glass Ceiling: America’s Diplomatic Dilemma

For the past decade, United States foreign policy has been characterized by its relationship with the Middle East. That relationship’s roots began in 1919, when Woodrow Wilson made the United States a key player by using his League of Nations to establish the now defunct Ottoman Empire’s colonial boundaries. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s hosting of Ibn...

Role of Women in Japan
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Role of Women in Japan

Japanese culture has historically emphasized gender roles. Expectations for men and women have traditionally aligned with societal obligations in the private and public sector. Women dominated the household but outside of the home, their families dictated their behavior. Although ancient philosophies like Confucianism and feudalism laid the foundations for the status of women, turning points...

Brexit: The Pros and Cons
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Brexit: The Pros and Cons

On June 24, 2016, the people of the United Kingdom made a decision that reshaped their country’s place in the world.  In a stunning vote of 52 percent to 48 percent, they voted to leave the European Union. Around the globe, people reacted with shock as news of this historic decision, known as ‘Brexit’, filled...

English Vs. Mandarin Chinese: The Fight for the Global Reign
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English Vs. Mandarin Chinese: The Fight for the Global Reign

As the world evolves and cultures blend, the concept of identity often becomes blurred. Slowly, English has grown more popular and come to be understood as the common tongue of the world. However, the fate of thousands of other languages is at risk of being overshadowed by English’s rapid spread and influence. Formerly regarded as...

Growing Economic Disparity in Modern China
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Growing Economic Disparity in Modern China

On April 3rd 2016, an anonymous source leaked 11.5 million documents containing sensitive financial and legal information to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. This leak, the largest in history, is known as the Panama Papers. The documents originated from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, the world’s fourth largest law firm specializing in offshore money...

“We Are Whatever They Want Us to Be”: Identity Politics and Hungarian Roma
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“We Are Whatever They Want Us to Be”: Identity Politics and Hungarian Roma

  Despite their status as the country’s largest minority, Hungarian Roma remain excluded from the political and cultural movements—and the basic human rights—enjoyed by their non-Roma compatriots. Reflecting the broader European trend of Roma exclusion, Hungarian Roma suffer at significantly higher rates than other minorities from infant mortality, shortened life expectancy, and extreme poverty.  ...

(Not) Made in China
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(Not) Made in China

In 2014 China reported yearly economic growth at 7.3% of GDP. In 2015, it reported 6.9%, the slowest annual growth rate since 1990. On March 5th Premier Li Keqiang announced China’s GDP growth target for 2016 to be between 6.5% and 7%. Forecasts from the IMF estimate an expansion of 6.3%. In January of 2017...