Category: history

The Swaying Bauhinia

Flag of Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the archetype of a global city. The city commands immense geopolitical power, and it remains one of the most internationally connected cities in Asia. Its very name is synonymous with international business and global trade. Long before cities like Beijing, Tokyo, Shanghai, Taipei, or even Seoul, Hong Kong was the mega city in East Asia. But this week, that position may have started to take a dramatic shift. China’s president, Xi Jinping, visited the semi-autonomous region, marking the 20-year anniversary of the transfer of sovereignty to mainland China. Many of the people living in the city are …

Reflecting on America’s Maverick

Sen. John McCain

Honor. Integrity. Grit. Candor. Respect. Courage. These were words that John McCain exemplified while representing the Grand Canyon State. From decorated POW to a member of Congress to presidential candidate to eminent statesman, he continued his family’s storied tradition of service to country. Few politicians’ words carried weight like McCain’s, and now the nation has lost a vital voice in statecraft and in our everyday political life. May his example be the guiding star for all of us in our lives and in our continuing discourse. Thank you, Senator McCain for offering such a historical and political legacy. You will …