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The High-Tech—and Very Low-Tech—Tactics of Corporate Espionage

No matter the methods, the motivations are the same.

The Rest of the World


The 2 Cultures of China

The U.S. has red states and blue states. China has rice provinces and wheat provinces, and the profound differences between them provide evidence of how cultural assumptions arise.

The Future of Money


The Fall of China’s Renminbi

Changing monetary policy in China reminds us that all national currencies are little more than constructions, open to manipulation and wild fluctuation.

Burgh Diaspora


Why Is Brooklyn Dying?

The borough has experienced a drop in average per capita income, but there’s a good reason for that.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30


The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The First-Generation American Who Wants to Improve Asian-American Relations

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.



IPO Gives Us a Look Inside Sina Weibo, a Company Struggling With Censorship

Weibo, “China’s Twitter,” started offering shares on NASDAQ last week. Its regulatory disclosures reveal a company’s balancing act between censoring too much and too little.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30


The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Accomplished Economist Who Wants to Empower Whole Societies

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

Burgh Diaspora


The International Trade of Talent

Just because a net migration number is negative doesn’t mean there is brain drain. A shrinking population doesn’t always indicate a dying place.

The Rest of the World

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Asia Watches as Taiwan’s Democracy Falters

Student protests in one of Asia’s most stable democracies are facing violent police crackdown. The effects could echo throughout the region.

Burgh Diaspora


Peak Talent

Talent has replaced the depletion of natural resources as the world’s biggest crisis.

You Don't Know America


Detroit, China

Chinese investors are buying up much of the bankrupt city’s real estate. What might this mean for the future of the country Detroit is often used to symbolize?

Sociological Images


Sleep, Snuggle, Socialize: In China, People Do Just About Everything in Ikea

What seems like appropriate behavior is a matter of cultural agreement.



Rural China Is Dying

Everybody is leaving the farm for the city as China moves from an agricultural economy to an industrial one.



From Hu’s the Boss to Xi’s in Charge: A First Season Recap of China’s Still-New Leader

A year after the arrival of China’s new president on the world stage, it’s time to ask if he’s achieving his twin goals of being the new Deng Xiaoping and not the new Mikhail Gorbachev.



China’s Pittsburgh Moment

Pittsburgh peaked as an industrial powerhouse in 1910, but now it’s part of the same job creation conversation as the cities comprising the Texas Triangle. As it shifts to a consumption-based economy, China looks poised to enjoy a similar turnaround.



The Way We Mourn Now

Could this code be the new way to remember the dead?



China Lost 14 Million People in World War II. Why Is This Forgotten?

Historian Rana Mitter believes a better understanding of China’s future actions can follow a truer understanding of its World War II past.



How a Chinese-Funded Costa Rican Soccer Stadium Explains the World

And how it affects the United States’ chances of qualifying for the World Cup before the weekend.



Americans Now Love Wine as Much as Beer

Over the past five years, wine has made massive gains in the hearts of Americans.



­The Tagalong Metals

Inside the mining industry’s epic but surprisingly fragile push to keep pace with demand for the raw materials of modern life.



The New Bronze Age

Worries about oil and gas hog the airwaves. But copper is also essential to keep the world running: It threads through your house, your computer, your eco-correct hybrid car. And it’s getting just as difficult, expensive, and environmentally menacing as oil to extract. We have entered the era of tough ore.



Will China Ever Be Able to Support Itself Agriculturally?

Food safety is becoming a bigger worry than food security after a series of scandals.



The Long-Term Harm Caused by Short-Term Exposure to Violence

A study of the political upheaval in Kenya shows what harm violence can have on the children who witness it.



Can You Die From Fright?

Death is imminent. Do not try to escape.



Why eBay Failed in China

Successful in dozens of countries, the multi-billion dollar business was no match for China, where citizens place a premium on interpersonal relationships and high-quality social interactions. What lessons can others learn?

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Don’t Text and Drive—Especially If You’re Old

A new study shows that texting while driving becomes even more dangerous with age.

Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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