Imperial Examination, the Gaokao, and the Measure of Success

How do we decide who is intelligent in our society? Qualified? Successful? Does everyone have an equal shot at these things, or do certain people have special advantages over others because of their parents, their money, their language, or other factors?
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The Silk Road, International Trade, and Global Prosperity

How do goods, wealth, technology, and culture spread? What is gained or lost in the exchange? Does trade benefit all sides equally? Who sets the terms of international trade?
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Adapted in part from open sources.
China’s ancient capital of Xian became a cosmopolitan melting pot because its position as a crossroad of the Silk Road trading network, a home to Buddhists and Muslims, where almost anything that was for sale in the ancient world could be bought or sold. (Xian, China, 2015.)

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The Great Wall and Borders Beyond Our Control

How and why do governments regulate the flow of people and information? Is the government’s interest always the same as the people’s?

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China: Ancient History, Modern Nation

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