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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World Cup Fever Strikes China

As 32 countries compete in the World Cup games in Brazil, millions of Chinese soccer fans are enthusiastically staying up all night to watch. Official media has blamed one death on World Cup Fever, and fans who can’t make it to the office following a soccer bender can download doctor’s notes excusing them, courtesy of Taobao, or purchase insurance for World Cup-related

June 16, 2014

Three Sentenced to Death for Tiananmen Attack

Three people have been sentenced to death for planning the attack on October 28 near Tiananmen Gate, in which a car plowed into the crowd and killed two people, as well as the three assailants. From Reuters: The Xinjiang Intermediate People’s Court also handed a life sentence to one suspect, among eight put on trial for allegedly planning the attack. Four of those received sentences

June 15, 2014