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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At golf, China swings – and misses (Asia Times)

China now ranks fifth in the world for number of golf courses, but the country’s golfing craze is causing a myriad of problems, including destruction of crucial farmland, lost revenue, and encouragement of a corrupt lifestyle. Some even call golf “green opium”. Asia Times writes: Many investors jumped into the market in search of cheap land, which they then developed

May 6, 2004

Journalist gets a taste of the prison dramas he loves (SCMP)

The South China Morning Post ran a profile of Southern Metropolis News editor Cheng Yizhong, who just spent his 39th birthday in prison: “In an interview late last year with a men’s magazine, Southern Metropolis Daily editor-in-chief Cheng Yi- zhong said his favourite movies were prison dramas. He cited The Shawshank Redemption – a story of a miscarriage of justice

May 6, 2004

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