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Belly Dancing For The Dead

NPR’s Louisa Lim spends a day with one of China’s top professional mourners, Dingding (“Dragonfly”) Mao: As the ceremony starts, the strains of “The Internationale” ring out, and Zhang...

Henan Officials Commit a Grave Error

China saw 41 self-immolation protests against forced evictions between 2009 and 2011. One might expect that death would at least be the end of the problem; but not in Zhukou city in Henan province, where local authorities are...

Hospital in China Fends Off Angry Mob

Professional mourners have long been a part of funerals in China. Now, the bereaved can also hire mobs of pitchfork-wielding protesters to add teeth to demands for compensation, while beseiged hospital staff are taking up arms...

China Curbs Fancy Tombs That Irk Poor

In China, a movement towards more austere funerals so as to not alienate the poor. From the New York Times: Ever since Deng Xiaoping signaled in 1978 that it was fine to get rich, much of China has seemed hell-bent on that goal....

The Joys and Sorrows of a Professional Mourner

Danwei translates a Beijing News story about professional wailers who perform songs of mourning at funerals: One can make a decent amount of money being a proxy mourner. The profession recently came to the attention of the...

Funeral jobs Hot among Shanghai Graduates

Desperate graduates apply for funeral jobs in Shanghai, via China Daily: It is the one business that is never short of clients, and 366 college graduates will this week find out if the city’s funeral industry is the answer...

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