Bitcoin 'mining': A new way for North Korea to generate funds for the regime

Sep 13, 2017 | By Qin Chen | CNBC

North Korea appears to be funding itself with bitcoin, according to a recent report. Recorded Future, an intelligent research firm backed by Google Venture and In-Q-Tel (CIA's investment division), reported that North Korea began "mining" bitcoin on May 17 and could be using the digital currency to generate income for the regime… READ MORE

Shanghai’s shikumen: When East and West came together in one architectural phenomenon

July 30, 2017 | By Qin Chen | Medium

A few weeks ago, in the backyard of a dive bar, I was explaining shikumen houses, an unique architecture style in Shanghai, to an interior designer who was moving to Asia: “built in colonial days,” — sip of beer — “a mixed…style of the East and West” — pause — “lots of renovations and demolition” — pause — “quintessential Shanghai… READ MORE

Meet the 25 year old selling supercars to rich Chinese college kids

Jun 28, 2016 | By Everett Rosenfeld and Qin Chen  | CNBC

Nick Lam is a modern-day matchmaker: He connects his elite clientele with the perfect cars. The 25-year-old co-founder and CEO of New York Auto Depot makes it his business to help rich Chinese college students navigate the American car market ... READ MORE

The business of being superstar DJ Steve Aoki

Jun 2, 2015 | By Qin Chen and Han-Ting Wang | CNBC

He's the son of a restaurant legend, but that's not stopping Steve Aoki from making his own mark in the pop culture spotlight. The 37-year-old DJ—and son of the late-Benihana founder Rocky Aoki—is well-known for his high-profile music collaborations with A-listers such as, Iggy Azalea and Linkin Park ... READ MORE