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The Washington Post, Dec. 1, 2022
How China’s vaccine strategy stoked its looming ‘zero covid’ crisis
“China has painted itself into a corner,” Andrew Noymer, [associate professor of public health], an epidemiologist at the University of California at Irvine, said in an email. “The idea that the covid pandemic will be the 1918 flu, and that countries can just ‘hunker down for a year,’ has proven to be a mirage.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

The Economist, Nov. 17, 2022
Fifty years after expulsion, Asians are thriving again in Uganda
But the “insecurities of expulsion” linger, to borrow the title of a forthcoming book by Anneeth Kaur Hundle, an [assistant professor and] anthropologist at the University of California, Irvine. … “The government has really perfected ways to reincorporate Ugandan Asians and welcome new south Asians…but still maintain them as racial outsiders,” she says. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 1, 2022
Explainer: What’s Behind the Protests in China?
“We have never seen such a large gathering and outpouring of concern and disgust of where the way China has been going,” says Wang Feng, a professor at the University of California, Irvine. Wang says the protests go beyond the strict coronavirus measures. They also have to do with censorship and political control, with the demonstrations coming shortly after Xi started an unprecedented third term as China’s leader ….

Long Beach Business Journal, Nov. 29, 2022
High interest rates, low inventory subdue housing market
However, what has been perhaps more significant than the interest rates themselves has been the rapidity of the increases, said Edward Coulson, [professor and] director of research at the University of California, Irvine’s Center for Real Estate. … The Fed thinks “that this inflation is . . . so pervasive that really aggressive action is needed—that’s my personal opinion,” Coulson said. For potential home buyers who are flexible with their timing, Coulson urged them to wait at least a couple of months. … “You should be cautious about buying right now.”

Irvine Standard, Nov. 29, 2022
In awe of nature and its restorative power
Paul Piff, an associate professor of psychological science at UC Irvine, studies awe, which many people experience while spending time in nature. This lofty sensation … is good for you, he argues, strengthening resilience in the face of life’s hardships. “Awe can reduce fixation on day-to-day worries and reorient people to life’s bigger picture,” Piff wrote in a recent paper …. “The array of natural wonders available to us in Orange County, from the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean to the grand vistas of the mountains, make awe easy to find if we take the time to look for it,” Piff says.

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