Sauna for the Soul

A Finnish proverb says, “If a sick person is not cured by tar, spirits [alcohol], or sauna, then they will die.” Sauna is the only Finnish word to have entered the international lexicon, and appropriately so: saunas are emblematic of Finnish culture.  The country boasts 3.3 million of them, a statistic made even more impressive when compared to Finland’s population of 5.3 million.  The average Finn family, urban or rural, owns at least one.   Dating back thousands of years, this unique bat...
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A Changing Strategy: China in Third World countries

  By examining China’s different focus on Africa since mid-1950, when the People’s Republic of China was just founded, and Latin America since the recent decades, one can clearly see how Beijing’s strategy in dealing with third world countries evolved and became more sophisticated. This change of policy results not only from different contemporary context but also China’s different diplomatic need. Originally when Chou En-lai started his Safari and China started its interaction with Afric...
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