We tend to imagine China as a monolith: 1.3 billion people sharing the same language, history, and culture. The truth is far more interesting. China is a mosaic of several distinct regions, each with its own resources, dynamics, and historical character.
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The New York Public Library’s venerable lion-guarded building on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street is to be renamed for the Wall Street financier Stephen A. Schwarzman, who has agreed to jump-start a $1 billion expansion of the library system with a guaranteed $100 million of his own.
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Silicon Valley, the wellspring of the digital technologies fueling globalization, is itself a collection of remarkably local clusters based on industry niches, skills, school ties, traffic patterns, ethnic groups and even weekend sports teams.
Originally saved in Times File on Dec 29, 2007
Germany requires all bookstores, including German online booksellers, to sell books at fixed prices. But the Swiss lately decided to permit the discounting of German books — a move that some in the book trade here fear will eventually force Germany itself to follow suit, transforming a diverse and book-rich culture into an echo of big-chain America.
Originally saved in Times File on Oct 29, 2007
Hundreds of thousands of Chinese are setting off to do business in Africa, a part of the world that had been terra incognita.
Originally saved in Times File on Aug 18, 2007
Gregory Clark, an economic historian at UC Davis, believes that the Industrial Revolution occurred because of a change, either cultural or genetic, in which people gradually developed values of nonviolence, literacy, long working hours and a willingness to save, which emerged only recently in human history.
Originally saved in Times File on Aug 8, 2007
A look into the life of Chinese gold farmers, workers who are paid to “play” massive multiplayer online role-playing games all day, capturing as much loot as possible so their employers can sell it to Americans who don’t want to spend the time earning it the old-fashioned way.
Originally saved in Times File on Jun 18, 2007