Listener Questions, The Pandemic Baby Bust, and China's Hanification

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In this latest issue of my weekly podcast, I answer listener-submitted questions. Is multi-generational housing a long-term trend? Are we transitioning from an ‘era of logic’ to an ‘era of emotion’? Is America paralleling the decline of the Roman Empire? I go in-depth on all of these questions and more.

China accelerates "Hanification" efforts. Xi Jinping's cultural campaign aims to transform all non-Han cultures in China into "Han" culture. These efforts include promoting Han food, Han dress, Mandarin, and the spread of Confucius institutes. It also means the suppression of local languages and religions.

EU set to impose new sanctions. The EU has agreed to sanction four unnamed Russian officials involved in the persecutions of Alexei Navalny. The sanctions will include travel bans and asset freezes. The EU will formally adopt these measures in March.

Births fall in China. From 2019 to 2020, the number of registered newborns in China fell by 15%. The steep drop underscores the demographic headwinds facing the country, which has long struggled with a long-term birthrate decline.

Births fall in Europe. New numbers from Italy and France indicate that these countries are also seeing pandemic-era baby busts. Figures from December 2020 and January 2021 show that births in several major cities have declined 10% to 25%.
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