Airport Bomber Wins Praise, Reinvestigation

Beijing airport bomber Ji Zhongxing is in custody in an undisclosed location following surgery to amputate his left hand, injured in Saturday’s blast. The explosion appears to have been a desperate protest after eight...

Revisiting Leslie Chang’s “Factory Girls”

At Tea Leaf Nation, Gloria Wang surveys Chinese reactions to Leslie T. Chang’s Factory Girls, recently released in simplified characters five years after its original English-language publication. The book follows two...

Ministry of Truth: Occupiers, Workers, Molesters

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Central Propaganda Department: Without exception, do not report or comment on [information] about...

Chinese Democracy Has its Benefits

A recent study suggests that China’s village elections have led to some concrete improvements for local residents since the early 80s, despite widespread meddling by Party officials. Among the reported benefits are greater...

Southern China’s Unwanted Masses

Shenzhen’s attempts to ensure a trouble-free Summer Universiade this August have disgruntled some of its neighbours, according to China Real Time Report: As readers may recall, the Guangdong city of Shenzhen in April...

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...

Protest By Suitcase Workers Sent Packing in China

The Jianrong Suitcase Factory in Dongguan, Guangdong closed without warning, and gave its workers only 60% of promised October-December wages. William Foreman of the Associated Press reports on the ensuing riot: On Friday...

Migrant Workers Trek Back to Sichuan

As the financial crisis raises concerns about the impact of rising unemployment in China, Danwei summarizes a story in the Chongqing Evening News about a group of migrant workers who were laid off after the boss of their factory...

A Blue Christmas at China’s Own North Pole

Toy manufacturing companies have received huge hits since the 2008 economic crisis, with the most recent example being the November 25th closure of the Guangdong Kai Da Manufacturing factory. Once key factors in China’s...



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