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Why Does Santa Play a Saxophone?

Mark Fisher from the Washington Post reported on eight fascinating facts on Christmas in China, which included a 'war on Christmas' and Santa's sisters. Fisher also reports on why Santa Claus in China is always depicted playing...

Recycling America’s Christmas Lights

China's hunger for materials and its powerful economies of scale can make a viable business of recycling what would occupy landfills elsewhere. At The Atlantic, Adam Minter describes the town of Shijiao, whose factories recycle...

Party Members Warned Over Religion

A high-ranking official has spoken out against a resurgence of religious practice among Party members which breaches regulations and, he claimed, threatens the CCP's unity. From The Associated Press: Party members are required...

China's Fake-Christmas-Tree Hegemony

This year, 96% of artificial Christmas trees in the U.S. are expected to come from China. A 15-cent per tree tax on fresh trees imposed by the Department of Agriculture and intended to help fund promotion of the home-grown...

Christmas Blossoms in China

Several foreign media reports look at the rising popularity of celebrating Christmas in China. From the BBC: Only an estimated 2% of China's population are practising Christians so, for people such as Ms Liu, there are no...

Chinese Toy Makers’ Struggles Dim Christmas Joy

Barbara Demick reports for the LA Times, from Dongguan, China: Growing up in the Chinese countryside with only an elementary school education, Yang Yanjun had never heard of Christmas until she landed a job painting pink-cheeked...

China Falls For Christmas — Reuters and The Christian Science Monitor

From Seattletimes.com: It was the week before Christmas, and the crush of shoppers elbowing their way past stalls at the Tian Yi market would have been familiar to holiday gift buyers anywhere. So would the brightly colored baubles, red and gold bows, and strings of flashing lights from which the crowds were choosing: After all, […]

Traditional Toys Sales Skirt China Recalls – Mindy Fetterman

A predicted Christmas cataclysm for toys “made in China” has failed to materialize in the U.S. The reason? Children don’t read the news. From USA Today: A series of high-profile recalls of Chinese-made toys in the fall left many consumers vowing that they wouldn’t buy toys made in China this year. Some analysts feared toy […]

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