I was rushing to catch my train in Union Station in Washington last Wednesday evening when I tripped over an uneven piece of pavement on the platform and hurt my ankle, only slightly. Exiting New York's Penn Station a few hours later on 7th Avenue, I saw the exact same thing happen to a woman, only she looked much worse off than me and had to lean on her husband to walk.
It would be hard for people to understand the reaction or overreaction of African Americans if they haven't studied the history of slavery and racial discrimination in the United States. Likewise, it would be impossible to correctly interpret the action, reaction and overreaction of Chinese if they haven't studied the history known as the "century of humiliation".
When US news media found out that the July 18 evening speech given by Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, mimicked in a few places a speech given by current first lady Michelle Obama in 2008, they were outraged at the alleged plagiarism and sought an apology and the firing of the speechwriter from the Trump campaign.
The relationship between China and the United States could often look depressing if people just read the headlines and listen to the rhetoric by US presidential candidates. But that clearly does not reflect the correct picture at the subnational level.
Washington DC teems with historical sites of African Americans struggle for equality, whether it's the Frederick Douglass House, the U Street or the relatively new Martin Luther King Jr Memorial designed by Chinese artist Lei Yixin.
An editor and writer at China Daily USA in New York, William Hennelly is a print and digital media veteran. He previously was managing editor of TheStreet.com financial news website in New York, and has worked at daily newspapers in New Jersey. Hennelly is a journalism graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
General manager of China Daily USA's San Francisco bureau. Based in the Bay Area, she covers a wide range of topics including corporate news, Silicon Valley innovation, US-China cooperation in various forms and profiles of interesting personalities, as well as overseeing office operations.