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Bloomberg, Feb. 10, 2021 (Opinion)
Opinion: Patriotic Education in Hong Kong Won’t Make the Grade
Education is one area that, once tampered with, could push many of Hong Kong’s middle-class parents to take up Britain’s offer of sanctuary for more than 5 million residents — over 70% of the population — even if few were frontline protesters. They want their children to be able to compete and succeed. Beijing is also squandering a soft power opportunity, says historian Jeffrey Wasserstrom of the University of California, Irvine. Hong Kong’s film and arts scene, which has produced gems and Hollywood remakes, is unlikely to emulate South Korea’s current success under such restrictions, plus a leadership that prizes a monolingual, monocultural China.

Daily Pilot, Feb. 10, 2021
O.C. nonprofit hopes to combat childhood depression and anxiety caused by pandemic
UC Irvine psychology [associate] professor Jessica Borelli described the increasing rate of mental health problems in kids as “pretty dramatic.” Borelli is studying the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of children. “We are seeing a pretty significant increase in things like depression, anxiety and also aggression, impulsivity, irritability and all kinds of behavioral problems in kids,” Borelli said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Wired, Feb. 11, 2021
Games Don’t Judge You for Expressing Your True Self
Bo Ruberg, an assistant professor in film and media studies at UC Irvine, literally wrote the book on queer games. The Queer Games Avant-Garde is the natural result of The Queerness and Games Conference, which Ruberg first organized with friends in 2013. … Ruberg asserts that games allow trans people, queer people, and others with marginalized identities to present themselves in whatever way feels best to them. … Ruberg says, “It was a really important stepping stone for a lot of people to later coming out or transitioning, that they got to do that in online game spaces.”

Voice of OC, Feb. 10, 2021
OC Officials Say Coronavirus Vaccines at Soka University Supersite Not Affected by Storage Issues
Three sites are slated to open at CVS pharmacies in Irvine, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach to vaccinate people 65 and older. … Dr. Shruti Gohil, an infectious disease doctor who treats virus patients at UC Irvine Medical Center, said she doesn’t understand why those three sites were picked compared to places in Santa Ana, Garden Grove and other hard hit areas. … “It really should be centered around the hardest hit communities,” Gohil said.

EdSource, Feb. 11, 2021
Why the University of California is seeing a massive surge in freshman applications
Across the UC, the campuses that saw the biggest spike in applications are those that are traditionally the most selective, such as Berkeley, Los Angeles, Irvine, San Diego and Santa Barbara. Dale Leaman, executive director of undergraduate admissions at UC Irvine, said he expected the surge in applications when the university decided to go test-free. … “There’s no doubt that many students in the past have not applied to UC who had SAT or ACT scores that they didn’t feel were competitive,” Leaman said. …The Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara campuses also each had at least 10,000 more freshman applicants than a year ago.

Previously “In the News”