New York, a city with one of the largest Chinese populations outside of Asia, has long been home to many Chinese immigrants. The earliest Chinese immigrants to settle in the Big Apple can be traced back to the 1840s and 1850s. Today, the Chinese population accounts for six percent of New York City’s total population, and it’s increasing each year.
The Chinese-American community there has been documented through the lens of photographers such as Bud Glick and Thomas Holton, who have shown the tenacity and grit of New York’s Chinese diaspora.
The founder and CEO of United Family Healthcare (UFH) and New Frontier Health (NFH), Roberta Lipson has over 40 years of experience as a trailblazer in China’s healthcare industry. She co-founded UFH’s predecessor company, Chindex, in 1981, expanding the business from China’s top medical equipment distribution company into China’s first and largest foreign-invested healthcare system.
With a dedication to offering comprehensive premium healthcare services in China, UFH was later acquired by China-focused investment firm New Frontier Corporation in 2019. Staffed by more than 600 full-time doctors from 25 different countries and regions, UFH currently owns and operates nine hospitals and 14 clinics in cities like Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou.
Zheng argues against those who say that Omicron is a game-changer, that China’s “dynamic zero” policy of eliminating the virus will have to change, because even if it might succeed, the costs of that success are too high, particularly because Omicron is usually closer to a bad cold or a flu and thus less dangerous than earlier variants of the coronavirus. Zheng refutes such views by pointing to concrete situations around the world which suggest other perspectives.
Wu Jun is a medical doctor, presumably originally from China, who now works at the City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California. The text translated here is Wu Jun’s contribution to a debate about how to manage the pandemic in China, published online by the journal The Intellectual. The debate began with a contribution from Zhang Zuofeng 张作风, another Chinese medical doctor working in Los Angeles, who, on March 29, argued essentially that the nature of the Omicron variant means that China needs to dial back its strategy of eliminating the virus and move toward a strategy of coexistence. Wang Liming 王立铭, a Professor at Zhejiang University’s Institute of Life Sciences, replied on March 30 that Zhang might be right eventually, but that his suggestions were not appropriate in the current situation. A third text, published on April 1, put Zhang and Wang in dialogue, so that they could discuss their points of agreement and disagreement. Wu Jun’s contribution to the debate, published on April 3, takes Zhang Zuofeng’s side.
Youthology is a Chinese marketing company that attempts to connect brands to young people and young people to brands, and as a part of their business publishes articles on youth issues on their blog. During the covid lockdown in Shanghai, Youthology asked their Shanghai readers to share their thoughts and experiences, and I translate those snippets here.