The Bookworms of China

At The International Herald Tribune, Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore reports on the Beijing International Book Fair. Despite official restrictions, the Chinese book market is now the world’s largest, with 7.7 billion volumes...

Amartya Sen: Quality of Life: India vs. China

In the New York Review of Books, Nobel Prize-winning Economist Amartya Sen looks at the rapid economic growth in India, which some say may surpass that of China, and discusses comparisons between India and China on basic...

Father of Hanyu Pinyin Turns Sweet 106

Zhou Youguang, father of pinyin, celebrated his 106th birthday (January 13th) with two cakes, one shaped like a typewriter and the other like a copy of his latest book. Among the enormous changes he has witnessed since his...

China’s 60th Anniversary, By the Numbers

Fast Company created a graphic delineating the statistical differences in a number of areas between China in 1949 and in 2009: See the full version here.

China Cites Some Advances for Women – Ching-Ching Ni

The Los Angeles Times writes about a government report which declares that life is getting better for the country’s women: Since the implementation of two programs aimed at improving the lives of women and children in 2001, more than 4 million rural women have been lifted out of poverty, according to Huang. Women’s average life […]

Numbers of Illiterate Chinese Increased Dramatically to 116million

From CNN News: The number of people in China who can’t read has shot up to 116 million, wiping out years of hard-won gains against illiteracy as rural poor leave the farm and school for work in the city, state media said Monday. Migrant workers in China’s urban centers do not have access to public […]



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