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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As Towering Star Retires, China Is Unprepared to Replace Him

With Yao Ming set to announce his retirement from the NBA tomorrow, China is set to lose its largest (and tallest) international sports star. The New York Times reports: For nearly a decade, China has been enthralled by the cult of Yao spun by Communist Party propagandists and corporate sponsors: the winner, the gentle giant, the favorite son. His image was ubiquitous here, and the

July 19, 2011 7:33 AM

China’s Online Population Rises to 485 Million as Access by Mobile Phones Spreads

The number of people online in China has been skyrocketing over the past decade. The statistics this year are still impressive, with 485 million people now using the Internet, but growth has slowed ever so slightly. From the Washington Post: The number of Chinese Web users, already by far the world’s biggest, rose by 15.5 percent over a year earlier, according to the government-sanctioned

July 19, 2011 7:21 AM

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