COVID-19: systemic and procedural issues inhibiting transparency and efficacy

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In the past week or so a lot of disturbing rumors have been emerging from China about the COVID-19 viral outbreak. Most of them are unofficially reported and just pass through the grapevine, for example about hospitals in Wuhan turning people away because they’re at maximum capacity, doctors abandoning their posts, human-to-human transmission since almost […]

Is it worth learning Chinese?

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People often ask me if it’s worth learning Chinese. Usually, the question is posed by those who have the option of taking it in high school or college and have been told that “it’s the language of the future,” so are considering whether it’ll be advantageous to learn. The short answer, perhaps surprisingly, is probably […]