China, IR

Who are the winners and losers? Government Shutdown, Economic Trends, Politicians, Halloween

Oh Tuesday mornings seem to be the hardest for me— was falling asleep all over the place as I was getting to work. But it’s almost hump day! I hope you are all having a pleasant morning with freshly brewed coffee. I am having my own cup right now.

The government has ‘shut down’ and now we are just left wondering what is happening to our country. I didn’t think it would really happen, that perhaps they would be able to negotiate their way out of a shut down but seriously, this is just quite ridiculous. To the republicans who oppose the healthcare so much that they are willing to shut down the government, putting hundreds of thousands of federal employees jobs on hold, putting government services on hold that affects all of us, inducing our own financial crisis… it’s just unacceptable. If you can’t get rid of a bill.. aka obamacare, then that means the nation wants it and needs it. Don’t throw a tantrum and put your CONSTITUENTS in jeopardy.

From Foreign policy: “As the deadline neared, markets took a hit in anticipation of Congress’s failure but steadied Tuesday morning. Members of Congress are expected to meet throughout the week to resolve the impasse. If the deadlock persists, though, it could threaten Congress’s ability to raise the federal debt limit by Oct. 17, causing the United States to default on its debts.”

And for those of you who just want to know how this will affect your life: Here you go

IF anyone wants a real low-down on Obamacare- this indepth guide by Politico seems perfect

It’s not only in fashion that trends go in and out. This article explores some economic trends that have changed—and I think it gives a great overview on what is happening now.

Life is full of contradictory situations. Are Indian surrogate mothers being exploited or empowered as they give birth for couples to earn money they wouldn’t have been able to otherwise

Chinese politicians and their wealth— staggering!

Halloween is coming!!! I have a love/hate relationship with being scared. Who wants to go to Fright Night with me??!?! I would love to go but I’d probably be worse than some of these people

China, IR

Are the best things in life—free? Unpaid Internships, Obamacare, Shutdowns, and Innovation

Another week, another start of daily round-ups!

Hope everyone’s weekend was relaxing—I had a great time chilling on canvas art, sleeping in the sun, and general lazy-ing on Saturday with my best friends.

This was a very interesting article to me on why China’s innovation is lacking. Never thought of it this way but “to understand why China has such a tough time producing world-class innovations, take a look at how the Chinese play games”.

Been hearing all over the place that there could be a government shutdown? Yet again this year, this topic has been bumping all over the place. Seriously, get it together. Here’s a pretty helpful guide from CNN.

All the talk talk talk about Obamacare and its frivolousness, drains on society, to me are just excuses. Do people not understand that healthcare in America is in serious need of reform? You may say that we should just improve Medicaid but I believe that Obamacare is the first on a list of long needed reforms to make healthcare up to standard. Yes, the Affordable Care Act may not be perfect but it sure is the first step to making healthcare affordable, transparent, and available to everyone. Here—you can track the  Affordable Care Act.

As a former unpaid intern, I agree with NOT working unpaid if you can help it. I had two unpaid internships- one with the U.S. Department of Education and another with the State Department, Embassy in Seoul, and while both provided as a wonderful learning experience,  I still think, bottom line, paid internships equals a higher chance for a JOB. Especially your junior year of college, try like hell to get a paid internship. That is a gateway for a paid job and carefree senior year.

Cheers to the week!


China, IR

Chuck Those Lists: College rankings, College Loans, Banned Exports, and a Few Other Things

Happy Hump day! Had a late night last night—attended a Carnegie Mellon young alumni event then went to possibly the best thai restaurant I’ve had (sorry noodlehead in Pittsburgh.. I still love you) called Room Service.

But down to business!

I am a proud CMU-er, although half the time people have never heard of Carnegie Mellon, the other half automatically assume I’m an engineer or software engineer. As someone who, admittedly, has applied to CMU based on name recognition and U.S News college rankings—I really appeal for a new college ranking system. This New Yorker article (albeit old) explores this issue in depth.

To my fellow recent graduates and future graduates- student loans are such a pain. Maybe this new option will apply to some of you. Personally, I will be applying to graduate school in the next few years and I am not looking forward to that price tag.

The Asia pivot that was emphasized under Secretary Hilary Clinton seem to have disappeared with the Middle East presenting a bunch of urgent issues to the table. Iran, Russia, Syria—those are the three big players that took center stage at the United States General Assembly under Obama’s speech. Will peace and diplomacy take over or will it still be the same old story? Still, lots of exciting developments.

 China has released a new list restricting items to be exported to North Korea. “Banned items include Ebola, a virus that can be used for medical research as well as a biological weapon; nickel powder; radium; flash X-ray generators; and microwave antennas designed to accelerate ions.” China acts like a parent to North Korea, yet again.

Reportedly, Jackie Chan to build new theme park in Beijing. Awesomeness.

Mayor Bloomberg will receive an award at the Clinton Global Initiative tonight

Carpe Diem! Julie

China, IR

Stay Classy- Goldman Sachs, Revenge Porn, Income Inequality, Facebook

Daily Round up-

I’ll start off with some fun today. I clicked on this Goldman Sach’s Guide To Being A Man  with the intention of hating it (because I hate how mysogynistic their twitter handle is) but… I kind of love it.
Especially this: Desserts are for women. Order one and pretend you don’t mind that she’s eating yours.
I would fall in love with a man like this. This should, however, just be renamed: how to be a classy motherfather for both men AND women. I’ve learned something.

On to the heavy stuff

Should revenge porn be illegal? If your hypothetical boyfriend/girlfriend releases nude photos of you, there is no real legal action that you can currently take. But now there might be. And that is good. But for now, I’d say if you’re going to give up photos of yourself, make them give you some too. Unless they’re exhibitionists but you should really know them better before you give pictures to them.

Okay as someone who would love to be a foreign service officer and has interned at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, this story about Asian American diplomats not being able to serve in East Asian countries  due to “security” reasons is appalling. Covering racism with pretensions of fear is just unacceptable. Come on! We need a more representative foreign service– this is not helping.

There’s been a lot of talk of Income Inequality these days, especially in New York City, which makes me giddy since I believe that we are not doing enough in this arena. Why? “while the recession did indeed officially end in 2009, what we’ve had since then is a recovery of, by and for a small number of people at the top of the income distribution, with none of the gains trickling down to the less fortunate. Adjusted for inflation, the income of the top 1 percent rose 31 percent from 2009 to 2012, but the real income of the bottom 40 percent actually fell 6 percent.”
Do conservatives really think that cutting foodstamps will really help the problem? My goodness, no.

Okay this is a big one. China lifts ban on Facebook and Twitter — but only in Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone. But I smell a bigger change coming. Don’t you? Perhaps the next time I’m in China (fingers crossed), I won’t have to use my slow VPN.

China, IR

Mo-Town and Bo Xilai


Detroit- Motor City or as we hippily call it, “ Mo-Town” is steadily trudging towards its demise. My best friend interned for Chrysler for the FIAT brand so I was able to visit Detroit. It really is quite sad that these huge car giants are not able to do more for the city. On a side note, on my megabus ride to Michigan from Pittsburgh, a guy tried to swindle me and later on, a guy invited me to watch fireworks at his party in Downtown Detroit. Friend or foe? But “Toast”, a restaurant somewhere in Michigan that I forget.. had some scrumptious drinks.

Bo Xilai’s life sentence imprisonment– I first heard of Bo Xilai while I was in Beijing last spring 2012.. and the trial has final finished. Unless there is an appeal– seems highly unlikely there will be a happy ending for him. This trial just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Did he reallly deserve a life sentence imprisonment? I would think twice about being a Chinese government official. One day you are their darling, the next day you’re gone.

Sorry, the daily round up is quite short today. I have a busy schedule but will be back tomorrow.

Cheers to the week! And will anyone be at the DUMBO Arts festival in New York this saturday? I’ll be there

Xo, Julie

IR, Uncategorized

PR Diplomacy, China Smog, and a Pope We Can All Love

Hi! Welcome to my new blog where I will do daily roundups on the two important topics in my life: International Relations and of course, modern day Romantic Relations.

The most interesting development in our apparent ‘diplomacy month’ this month- is now Senator John McCain’s op-ed in Russia’s online newspaper, Does someone need a lesson in PR? If you’re going to publish an opinion piece, maybe make sure it’s the most reputable? PR lesson number 1. Senator McCain, if Vladimir Putin publishes an article without bashing President Obama, hypocrisy or not, perhaps you should have considered focusing on the issue at hand: FOREIGN POLICY AND SYRIA.

China will start naming its most polluted cities each month— to that I say a good start! Though I still miss my smoggy times in Beijing with a sort of unclear nostalgia.

AS the House of Reps votes to cut $40billion in cuts over 10 years to the federal food stamps program, maybe they should take a good long look at their own food budget.

And finally! Loving the new Pope. Finally preaching what we all need to hear. Focus on your own issues, and not on others.
“…he criticized the church for putting dogma before love, and for prioritizing moral doctrines over serving the poor and marginalized. He articulated his vision of an inclusive church, a “home for all”

Happy Friday!