Author: Sophie Beach

Sophie Beach lives in Berkeley, California. She previously served as senior research associate for Asia at the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based press freedom organization. She received her master's degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Her writing about China has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post, The Nation magazine, and other publications.
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The Anatomy of a Shanghai Land Grab

For Marketplace, Rob Schmitz tells the story of an elderly woman, Xie Guozhen, and her husband who were brutally kidnapped in Shanghai and held while their home was demolished. Xuhui, the city district where they lived, is a run-down neighborhood that has long been coveted by real estate developers: In 2005, a developer hired by the Xuhui government set fire to a house in Maggie Lane.

October 16, 2013 10:48 PM

Old Dreams for a New China

For the New York Review of Books, Ian Johnson posts photos and an essay about the propaganda poster campaign accompanying the idea of the “Chinese Dream,” a phrase employed by Xi Jinping, the meaning of which is vague and nebulous enough to defy definition. As Johnson writes, the posters may provide the clearest explanation yet of Xi’s meaning: Propaganda posters

October 15, 2013 11:04 PM

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