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Past articles by Ilaria:

A brief and Catholic history of one of the 21st century’s favorite words: propaganda

Even today you can walk down Rome's Via di Propaganda, as indeed many tourists do, whether they happen to notice its name or not. → Read More

Hong Kong’s coronavirus panic buying isn’t hysteria, it’s unresolved trauma

Hong Kong has never fully healed from the wounds inflicted by the 2002-2003 outbreak of the SARS coronavirus. → Read More

China says Taiwan was always part of it, but an old stamp shows a telling propaganda snafu

As China embarks on a campaign of "national map" awareness, it's worth remembering a positively Freudian slip-up in a past depiction of national territory. → Read More

Hong Kong is having flashbacks to the bad old days of police corruption and mafia ties

A police beating of people in a subway station reminded many of thug attacks earlier this summer, and darker times further back. → Read More

Chairman Mao is making an appearance at the Hong Kong protests

“He did make a revolution. His quotes are very useful.” → Read More

Hong Kong has become a gallery of political poster art

Hong Kong's witty political creativity has never been on greater display. → Read More

Hong Kong’s last major riots reshaped the city into the one we know today

The 1967 China-fueled riots made colonial authorities realize Hong Kong was not as stable as they thought, forcing them to make significant changes in their aftermath. → Read More

Hong Kong is sending its “Umbrella 9” democracy leaders to prison

Two leaders of the movement, legal scholar Benny Tai and retired sociology professor Chan Kin-man, were sentenced to two years in prison. → Read More

Tiananmen Square 30 years later: China has never been so free —

Late '80s China was in social, political, and cultural upheaval, a place heady with possibilities. It was more than just something in the air. Then came Tiananmen. → Read More

Hong Kong’s “Umbrella 9” have been convicted for fighting for democracy

The activists were in good spirits at the court, despite fully expecting to go to prison. → Read More

Hong Kong awaits the verdict on the Umbrella Movement

The “Umbrella 9,” a group of academics, former student leaders, politicians, and lawmakers, were tried for their actions in Hong Kong's 2014 pro-democracy protests. → Read More

Italy will be the first G7 country to join China's controversial Belt and Road project

The move bears the stamp of political newcomer Michele Geraci, a finance professor who taught for a decade in China. → Read More

Chinese footbinding was about work, not sex—and it was complicated

A woman whose feet did not allow her to walk too far would stay at home to do economically useful things like spin thread, weave or embroider. → Read More

Planting rice is a subversive art form in land-starved Hong Kong

In a city that imports nearly all its food and features the world's least affordable housing, artist Monti Lai is sowing the seeds of protest. → Read More

Hong Kong is planning a $60 billion city in the sea nearly everyone opposes

Its leaders want to build a series of artificial islands totaling more than 4,000 acres that can house a million people. → Read More

Hong Kong’s trial of its “Umbrella 9” democracy protesters is beginning

Slowly but implacably, the people who animated 2014's Umbrella Movement protests are being brought before the courts. → Read More

Check the label: China now dominates the low-cost hair extension business

The Made-In-China label may not be popular, but it sells well. → Read More

Pakistan’s new government is trying to walk back from alarming Chinese debt

China's ambitious initiatives across the globe are being hindered by the unpredictability of democratic elections. → Read More

Senegal is building a futuristic city to deal with its congestion problems

The new Diamniadio city is part of president Macky Sall's plan to fast-track Senegal's 2035 development vision. → Read More

Italy's right-wing government says it’ll fight immigration by helping China invest in Africa

"Let’s help China help them" is a novel twist on the long-deployed "let’s help them in their own homes." → Read More