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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China to Abolish Contentious Agricultural Levy – Ching-Ching Ni

From the Los Angeles Times: The Chinese government Thursday approved plans to abolish the agricultural tax, a centuries-old levy imposed on farmers that communist authorities had continued for more than five decades. China’s rural population of 900 million has largely been on the losing end of the country’s dramatic economic growth, which has created huge gaps in

December 30, 2005

Crouching U.S. studios, hidden Chinese market – Bruce Wallace,

From the Los Angeles Times: The Art Deco glory of the Cathay Theatre on Huaihai Zhong Road still beckons to those who love movies, a renovated bit of 1930s Americana in Shanghai that is a reminder of Hollywood’s long history of building dream palaces in China. War, a communist revolution and a capitalist reawakening have roiled the country since then, and modern Shanghai’s

December 30, 2005

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