Read — 2013/02/27
Today’s selection of articles includes:
- “China Seeks to Boost Health Care in Lagging Rural Areas“, by Laurie Burkitt (Wall Street Journal). China encourages doctors to serve the non-citydwellers.
- “The Unhappy Hookah“, by Merlyn A. Griffiths (Wall Street Journal). Debunking the myth that hookahs are healthier and less addictive than cigarettes. Hookah smoking is seen as a relaxing social activity, more shared than individuals standing in a circle taking drags of personal cigarettes. I guess the hope is that an effective campaign revealing the facts about hookah health will dissuade young people from this recreational activity.
- “Desperate Hunt for Day Care in Japan“, by Hiroko Tabuchi (NY Times). Add “finding childcare” to the list of obstacles working women must overcome. Interesting statistic: “Almost 70 percent of Japan’s social welfare spending is directed at people 65 or older, while less than 4 percent supports children and families”.
- “Home, Where the Fizz Is“, by Julia Moskin (NY Times). Quick poll: Which is more fun to hack, cell phones or soda-making machines?
- “Gay Couples Face a Mixed Geography of Marriage“, by Kirk Johnson (NY Times).
- “How Same-Sex Marriage Came to Be“, by Michael J. Klarman (Harvard Magazine).
- “Online Evolution Accelerates” (Harvard Magazine). Developments present and yet-to-come in online education.
- “Cheating the Reaper“, by Erin O’Donnell (Harvard Magazine). Take your pick: Brisk walk 150 minutes a week, or twice the exertion in half the time. But get out there and move!