All posts by Bailey Hu


The Necessity of Strait Talk

One of the Strait Talk delegates put it this way: Imagine you’re on a date with a girl. While you’re eating, you notice that she has something on her face. Do you tell her on the spot? Perhaps you hesitate out of politeness. After all, you don’t want to embarrass...


Rethinking Chinese and American Education

Over the seven months I spent in China, one of the most frequent questions people asked me was this: What’s the educational system like in the US? Often, the unspoken assumption behind this question was that whatever it was like, it must be better than China’s. This attitude seemed to...

Harbin, China: A Fresh Start

The well-known Saint Sophia Cathedral on a smoggy day. BY BAILEY HU “You’re going to study in Harbin?” My aunt asked in me in Chinese, her expression a mixture of amusement and alarm. “You know it’s negative 30 degrees Celsius there right now!” She paused for effect, perhaps expecting me...

The Spectacle of the Chinese Historical Drama

BY BAILEY HU Flip through the channels on a TV in China, and you might come across something like this: attractive women and men dressed in the elaborate costumes of the Chinese imperial court, speaking in riddles and plotting against each other. On a recent evening in Shenzhen, China, I...