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Los Angeles Times, Feb. 9, 2020
Taiwan tries to keep coronavirus out while asserting itself against China
Lev Nachman, a doctoral candidate in political science at UC Irvine and a Fulbright research fellow in Taiwan [said] it is too soon to give a verdict on the government’s overall handling of the coronavirus crisis. But regardless of the outcome, it will almost certainly be a talking point for the Democratic Progressive Party in the future, just as the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests were in the last election. “This also serves that kind of frame of, this is why creating close ties with China is bad for Taiwan,” Nachman said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Voice of America, Feb. 10, 2020
South Koreans Celebrate Parasite’s Historic ‘Best Picture’ Win
“’Parasite’ tells a universal story in a way that has made it obviously very successful worldwide,” said Kim Hyung-hyun, a professor of visual studies at the University of California, Irvine. “The film touches on South Korea’s over-education syndrome, but also deals with things like climate change and economic inequality.”

The Atlantic, Feb. 8, 2020
The Divides That Make Hong Kong and West Berlin
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of history writes, “Hong Kong and West Berlin stand about as far apart as two cities can be. Yet for most of the second half of the 20th century, they were doppelgängers in an important way: Each was a focal point of Cold War tensions, linked by the shared stresses of being a battleground for two diametrically opposed ideologies.”

Medium, Feb. 9, 2020
The future of humanity is genetic engineering and neural implants
Two scientists are working at the cutting edge of tissue engineering. Adam Feinberg from Carnagie Mellon University and Ronke Olabisi from UC Irvine are undertaking groundbreaking work in healing ‘unhealable’ wounds with adult stem cells and creating 3D bio-printed materials that can be used in biomedical research to test new drugs and print new organs such as hearts and lungs.

Slate, Feb. 7, 2020
Voting Issues Tend to Stem More From Low-Grade Incompetence Than Malfeasance
In this week’s Amicus, Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Slate contributor Rick Hasen, [Chancellor’s] Professor of law and political science at the University of California–Irvine School of Law, for Part 2 of a five-part series on voting and elections. Lithwick and Hasen, who is also the author of the forthcoming book Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy, speak with Joel Kurth, managing editor of Bridge, a nonprofit news source in Michigan, about what happened in the state during the 2016 election, when candidate Hillary Clinton requested a recount to confirm the tally.

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