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  • How Two Chinese Brothers Built a Bubble Tea Empire, From Shaved Ice Stalls to Billions

    How Two Chinese Brothers Built a Bubble Tea Empire, From Shaved Ice Stalls to Billions

    Bubble tea, also known as boba tea, has become a global phenomenon, especially among Millennials and Gen Z. While its origins can be traced back to Taiwan in the 1980s, it was two Chinese brothers from central China that built bubble tea into a multi-billion dollar business. Humble Beginnings Selling Shaved Ice In 1993, Jiang…

  • How Singapore’s Biggest Banks & Sovereign Funds Acquired Powerful Stakes in China’s Financial Industry

    How Singapore’s Biggest Banks & Sovereign Funds Acquired Powerful Stakes in China’s Financial Industry

    China’s Rapidly Growing Financial Industry Attracts Singaporean Investors China’s banking system is one of the most promising investment destinations around the world. The country, with more than a billion people, an ever-increasing middle-class and an economy that is booming, has led many investors globally to acquire stakes in China’s financial system. This leaves no other…

  • Looking Wealthy Isn’t Always The Mark of True Riches

    Looking Wealthy Isn’t Always The Mark of True Riches

    In today’s image-driven culture, it’s tempting to think that flashing expensive possessions means someone is rich. However, many truly wealthy individuals avoid conspicuous consumption and extravagant lifestyles. What motivates rich people to live modestly and avoid showing off their wealth? Here are five key reasons. Rich People Understand the Value of Money Individuals who are…

  • How to Spot and Counter Manipulation Tactics

    How to Spot and Counter Manipulation Tactics

    Manipulators use psychological tactics to control and exploit people. Learn how to recognize common manipulation techniques like gaslighting and protect yourself from deceit. Have you ever felt tricked or pressured into something by a salesperson, boss, or even a romantic partner? Unfortunately, manipulation happens more often than you might think. Master manipulators prey on vulnerable…

  • The Secret Behind Jewish Success: Why Are There So Many Rich Jewish People?

    The Secret Behind Jewish Success: Why Are There So Many Rich Jewish People?

    Jews make up less than 3% of the US population. However, about a quarter of the Forbes 400 richest Americans are Jewish. This includes Larry Ellison, worth almost $150 billion, Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google worth $110 billion, and Michael Bloomberg, worth $96 billion. The pattern repeats in Europe. Every European country has at…

  • An Overview of Major Political and Economic Ideologies

    An Overview of Major Political and Economic Ideologies

    Political and economic ideologies shape policies and systems worldwide. Their core tenets influence governance and rights. This article explains key ideologies like conservatism, liberalism, capitalism, socialism, syndicalism, and more. Understanding these schools of thought is essential for informed civic participation. Their perspectives on human nature, equality, governance, and economics vary tremendously despite some overlap. Conservatism…

  • How a Farmer in China Spent $1 Billion to Raise Fish and Turn a Desert into an Oasis

    How a Farmer in China Spent $1 Billion to Raise Fish and Turn a Desert into an Oasis

    In the barren Ktag Desert in western China, an old farmer named Hien Jong risked everything on an ambitious goal – to raise fish where no one thought fish could live. After over a decade of setbacks that pushed him to the brink of financial ruin, Hien’s crazy dream paid off in a big way.…

  • China’s Breakthrough in Chipmaking Signals Worrying Shift in Global Tech Leadership

    China’s Breakthrough in Chipmaking Signals Worrying Shift in Global Tech Leadership

    The release of Huawei’s Mate 60 smartphone represented a breakthrough for China’s advanced chipmaking capabilities that has alarmed US officials. At the heart of the device is Huawei’s new Kirin 9000s processor, which is manufactured using 7nm production technology. This demonstrates that China is now only 4-5 years behind the most cutting-edge 3nm chips, rather…

  • Fentanyl Flows from China to the US Causing Overdose Deaths to Skyrocket

    Fentanyl Flows from China to the US Causing Overdose Deaths to Skyrocket

    The opioid epidemic in the United States has taken a deadly turn with the influx of the synthetic opioid fentanyl. The drug is 50-100 times more potent than morphine and overdose deaths have skyrocketed as a result. The DEA estimates that 90% of fentanyl originates from China. Chinese companies produce precursor chemicals that are then…

  • The Challenges and Opportunities of Modernizing American Currency

    The Challenges and Opportunities of Modernizing American Currency

    The US dollar is one of the most widely used currencies in the world, yet it lags behind many other countries when it comes to adopting modern features. In 2023, the US Federal Reserve will spend $9314 million to print paper bills, but there are growing calls to overhaul and upgrade American cash. Other countries…

  • 10 Countries Where Americans Are Not Welcome To Travel

    10 Countries Where Americans Are Not Welcome To Travel

    An American passport can open doors to amazing destinations around the world. But there are some places that are far less welcoming, with major risks and restrictions for U.S. citizens who want to visit. Politics, safety concerns and cultural differences make these 10 countries dangerous or nearly impossible for Americans to travel to. Russia –…

  • Singapore’s surprising connection to Israel during the Six Day War

    Singapore’s surprising connection to Israel during the Six Day War

    In 1965, Singapore experienced a turbulent separation from Malaysia that left the tiny island nation suddenly independent and vulnerable. Still recovering from a communist insurgency and caught in confrontations between Indonesia and Malaysia, Singapore had to rapidly build up its defenses. But with only two understaffed infantry battalions and minimal military assets, Singapore seemed destined…