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Fighting with Fur: Identity Disputes in the Tibetan Plateau

By Max Zimmerman Published November 8, 2013

The Tibetan plateau has been the home to a dispute that has lasted almost 70 years now between the local population and the Chinese government. Since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ascended to power, the Tibetans have endured its attempts to commodify Tibetan culture, traditions, and values as well as replace them with those of the mainland. Now, Tibetans are speaking up -- using fur.

China needs a (Soft) Power Play

By Max Zimmerman Published October 11, 2013

Despite being a country of over a billion people with a 5000 year uninterrupted history and, arguably, the most remarkable level of sustained economic growth ever, the Chinese government and people have a hard time exporting their culture abroad and gaining trust from the international community.