The coronavirus outbreak in China highlighted the nation’s huge “digital divide”—the uneven distribution of information technology’s accessibility, use, and impact between different socioeconomic and demographic groups. At the...
by Samuel Wade | Jun 16, 2014
Caixin’s Lan Fang describes the predicament of China’s first generation of migrant...
by Samuel Wade | Jul 29, 2013
In the final installment of his Street of Eternal Happiness series, Marketplace’s Rob Schmitz revisits two of its inhabitants, 95-year-old qipao tailor Chu Hongsheng and migrant florist Zhao Silin: I ask Zhao about...
by Samuel Wade | Jan 20, 2011
Beijing authorities have announced a variety of measures for managing the city’s expanding population, in accordance with the 12th Five-Year Plan. In addition to limiting the influx of migrants which has driven the...
by Liu Yong | Dec 26, 2009
From Telegraph: Surveying the rubble of their recently demolished village, the huddle of Chinese peasant-farmers is in an openly mutinous mood, their list of gripes and grumbles against the local government spilling out one...
by Sophie Beach | Dec 1, 2008
Chinese officials are worried that migrant laborers may be the newest high-risk group for AIDS in China. From Reuters: “Other at-risk groups are rather small, but this one is huge,” said Sun Xinhua, head of an office...
by Zhaohua Li | Aug 21, 2007
Beijing’s Ministry of Public Security released figures yesterday showing the capital’s population is nearing 18 million. From AP via the International Herald Tribune: The population rise is straining the city’s natural resources and environment, with Beijing long having passed the food self-sufficiency mark of 14 million, the report said. It said the population included 12.04 […]
by Liu Yong | Jun 8, 2007
From The Economist: In a narrow alleyway in Liguanzhuang village, residents idle away a hot afternoon near a stinking rubbish dump, worrying about when the bulldozers will come. To prepare for the Olympic Games next year, Beijing’s authorities are removing such eyesores. Old villages surrounded by the expanding city are being demolished. With them goes […]
by Sophie Beach | Jul 5, 2006
From the Los Angeles Times: As capitalism transforms this nominally communist nation, it has quietly reshaped the lives of China’s rural young, creating a new underclass called liu shou er tong, or the “left-behind children.” An entire generation is growing up without parents in deserted villages populated mostly by the very young and elderly. Here […]
CDT in the News
- SCMP – Foreign journalists in China report state backing for rising intimidation during Henan floods
- Forum2000 – Data colonialism: Where China and the West diverge
- FT – China flood response reveals Beijing’s need to prepare for extreme weather
- LA Times – Amid crushing floods in China, officials focus not on climate change, but on control
- RFA – “Drowning” has become a sensitive word during Henan floods