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China Sees Dwindle In The Number Of African-American Students

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For many years The people’s Republic of China has been the preferred destination for students from around the world. Many countries have schools and colleges that have entered into student-exchange programs with the educational institutions in China. This is helpful in fostering a sense of camaraderie amongst the young people of the world. These students even hail from economically developed countries like USA and Japan.
There are several reasons why students prefer to travel all the way to China to complete their education.
The educational institutions in China offer world-class quality education.
Students from western countries like the US or the UK, where tuition fees are very high, prefer to study in China, where the semester fees are very low.
The cost of living here is lower than that of countries like Japan, making it affordable for students living on a budget.
China boasts of a rich heritage and vibrant culture that attracts adventure-seeking students.
Students see viable future employment opportunities in China due to its fast-paced economy.
Knowledge of Chinese language is slowly becoming essential to business, as China is the second largest economy in the world.

america1But, in recent times, China has been seeing a reduction in the number of African-American students. Some have attributed this decline to the Chinese obsession with a pre-conceived notion of beauty, aka, their preference for fair-skinned people. Many African-Americans have experienced some form of bigotry or other during their stay in China. This usually involves unnecessary stares or pointed remarks regarding their color or hair. The culture-shock too sometimes overwhelms them.
The situation has gotten bleak lately. Many students have left for the US, vowing never to return back or ever endorse higher education in China to their community back home. This situation might be resolved if China imparts a bit of ethnic-sensitivity training to its citizens.

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Aung San Suu Kyi In First Civilian Myanmar Government

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It’s a new dawn in the southeast Asian nation of Myanmar. The Burmese people are waking up to a new reality. For many a Myanma, it still feels like the dream they so closely cherished in their hearts, a dream where their nation undergoes a transformation from a total military dictatorship to a totally democratic country. But, the undeniable fact is that the Burmese people have been finally granted their most desired wish- A government, of the people, for the people and by the people. For them, the last part is what they wanted the most from this much-heard definition of Democracy- By The People.

suukyi1The election results have been officially announced. In what many analysts term as a major political milestone, civilian leaders, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, have successfully won the elections and have replaced the generals who have been governing the nation for more than a half-century.
The outgoing president, ex-general U Thein Sein, has formally relinquished his post and welcomed his successor, U Htin Kyaw. Under U Thein Sein’s five year rule, the military dictatorship had taken the first few steps towards democracy, forming almost a hybrid system of government.

One of the greatest disappointments, however, was the fact that political activist Aung San Suu Kyi was denied the chance to head the fledgling democracy. She had been barred from assuming the post of President as the law in Myanmar clearly states that Myanmar’s having a spouse or children of Foreign nationality, cannot become the head of the nation. Many people around the world have termed this as being unjust as the 70-year-old Suu Kyi had spent more than half of her life under house arrest while demanding the expulsion of the military government.

On the other hand, Suu Kyi herself is wasting no time and is instead busy sculpting a challenging role as a “Super Minister”. In charge of four portfolios: education, foreign affairs, energy and the president’s office, she has no plans to indulge in a Game Of Thrones.

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Controversial Film ‘No Más Bebés’ Highlights Latin Women’s Plight

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For many, the concepts of womanhood and motherhood are so intertwined, that it’s impossible to imagine one without the other. A woman’s most cherished dream is to lovingly hold her child in her hand.

womenBut in 1975, for 10 Latin-American women, this dream was destined to remain unfulfilled. And, all thanks to a piece of paper that they unwittingly signed before undergoing emergency C-sections. Around 40 years ago LA County doctors allegedly performed unauthorized Tubal Ligation on these immigrant Mexican women. Tubal Ligation is an irreversible sterilization technique. The doctors acted on the belief that these women could do without any further children. The matter only came to light when the women approached their doctors with doubts regarding reversible family planning methods. They then sued the state and the U.S. government violating their civil rights.

This lawsuit, Madrigal v. Quilligan, forms the basis of director Renee Tajima-Peña’s poignant film No Más Bebés (No More Babies), which aired on PBS. The film follows the mental anguish and legal battles that these women faced. It also takes a look at the Government funded family programs, the under-resourced maternity wards being manned by inexperienced doctors and how women from the lower income group were targeted to undergo sterilizations without their knowledge and consent.

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Works Of Hitler And Anne Frank Enter Public Domain

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World War II was one of the most destructive wars in human history. Today, not many people are alive from that era and it’s only from the monuments in the places most affected by the war, do we get a glimpse of those dark times.

Many, however, learn more about the war from the books written at that time. Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf (My Struggles) and Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl can be considered as the two sides of the same coin. These two iconic books are instrumental in providing a rather grim view of those times. While one outlines the rather perverted anti-Semitic idealism that led to a state-sponsored genocide, the other, gives a personal account of a young life where hopes are replaced by fear.

These books are now back in the news for a different reason. Both have entered The Public Domain, i.e., they have now joined the ranks of creative works that are available to the public without being subject to copyright or other legal restrictions. Both The Bavarian State, that held the rights for Mein Kampf, and the organization called Anne Frank Fonds, that held the copyright of Anne Frank’s Diary, had to relinquish their rights when these books entered The Public Domain on 1st January 2016, as the original authors have been dead for more than 70 years.

World’s Billionaires Join Governments’ Pledge To Save Earth

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A startling and totally unexpected announcement right at the start of The COP21 World Climate Change Conference, the 12-day climate-change summit that was held in Le Bourget, Paris, has added a much needed financial boost to the environment-saving measures being adopted by many countries in the world today. The summit saw delegates from nearly 200 countries as well as many famous business-philanthropists.

Mission Innovation aims to generate a renewed and recharged interest in the efforts made by countries to develop and implement clean energy sources. The list of high-profile billionaire business moguls who attended the ‘Mission Innovation: Accelerating the Clean Energy Revolution’ meeting at the COP21 includes many eminent and charismatic personalities like:
Microsoft founder Bill Gates,
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg,
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos,
Virgin’s Richard Branson,
LinkedIn’s founder Reid Hoffman
Jack Ma of Alibaba, etc.

The summit also had the presence of powerful world leaders like Barack Obama.

Here, 28 of these billionaires went on to prove that it’s not just their pockets that are full, but so are their hearts. These industry innovators, some of whom have been pioneers in science, technology and business, have decided to give a part of their wealth back to the world. Together, and with the support of 20 countries, they have announced their full support for Mission Innovation. At the summit, Bill Gates led the announcement that they were joining hands to combat climate change by forming a new partnership called the Breakthrough Energy Coalition.

This consortium hopes to steer more private capital into clean energy research and deployment. By pledging a part of their wealth to this cause, they have paved the way for a boost in the annual spending on clean energy implementation efforts worldwide.

Hopefully, this partnership between the Government and Billionaires will lead to a better, cleaner and healthier Planet Earth.

China Bids Adieu To Its One-Child Policy

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For 35 years, China had been a staunch advocate and ruthless enforcer of one of the world’s most controversial family-planning policies of all time. The One-Child Policy was the crown jewel of China’s communist government. But now, the Chinese Government has decided to revise its policy. They have changed it to a Two-Child Policy, effective from 1st January 2016. This change in policy has left many hailing it as the “end of an era”.

A Bit Of History
China saw an enormous surge in population during the ‘70s. This massive increase had the potential to deplete the natural resources of China. Imagine a country, through which great rivers constantly flow, facing a severe water crisis in the future, caused not by drought, but by a flood of people! The Chinese Government sought to change this bleak future, and thus the Family Planning Policy was officially adopted in 1979. The plan restricted families from having more than one child. Provincial governments imposed fines for violations by collecting a penalty in the form of the “social child-raising fee” from both parents.

Why The Change?
Well, for starters, there’s the social impact. Parents traditionally preferred boys to girls, so the sex-ratio ended up getting skewed. As there was only one child, many Chinese families over-indulged and spoilt them. Also, the burden of looking after the elderly parents and even grandparents fell up the shoulders of these single children. Then, natural calamities, like the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, and other disasters robbed many families living in those areas of their sole heirs.

The One-Child Policy has left a mark even in the Chinese economy. Today, China faces a shortage of a young workforce as well as young consumers. The older generation vastly outnumbers the younger one. This has brought about a drastic change in the economy resulting in the formulation of radical economic policies, such as this one.

Thought the two-child norm will not bring about immediate changes, it will definitely have a positive impact in the long-run.

A Biocontainment Unit For Kids- Only At Texas Children’s Hospital

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For ordinary people, just hearing the terms like Ebola epidemic and fevers like Avian or Swine could cause a severe heart attack, for the images associated with these dreadful and contagious viral diseases, especially of a deadly contagious Ebola infected corpse, show the full horrors of an excruciatingly painful death.

There are many people around the world, especially in the African continent, who have had the misfortune to be the victims of such diseases. Some are the victims of a recent threat called bioterrorism, where these pathogens are weaponized. Whether they survive or not depends on the availability of state-of-the-art healthcare institutions that are equipped to tackle highly infectious diseases caused by any pathogen, be it a virus, bacteria or toxins. Such hospitals will require special areas called Quarantine Wings. But, today, mere quarantine is not enough as it only prevents the spread and does not facilitate diagnosis of the different strains of pathogens.

A Biocontainment Unit effectively addresses this need. It’s a special unit located in a separate area of a hospital designated as the treatment wing for highly infectious diseases. It’s still essentially a quarantined area, but it contains state-of-the-art facilities and equipment specially designed to diagnose and treat these life-threatening diseases.

The Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston has pioneered a new type of Biocontainment Unit, specially made for kids who have fallen prey to these deadly diseases. The facility contains eight beds, each having an antechamber, where doctors and nurses will put on protective gear like Bio-suits, gloves and ventilated hoods. After treating the child, they can strip the equipment off in another room. There are large glass windows through which these children can be observed by the doctors and nurses.The infected blood samples are safely tested in the unit’s own laboratory so that it never has to be carried to the other parts of the hospital.