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State Media Responds to Rights Report

Human Rights Watch recently released its 22nd annual World Report, whose 676 pages include a country-by-country overview of human rights developments around the world and a series of essays on themes including the Arab Spring...

China's Urbanization Paradox

A Monday Global Times piece debunks the urban dream for rural Chinese students, who used to view acceptance to an urban university as a “golden ticket” which allowed them to shift their rural hukou (residence permit)...

Video: Zanta!

Zanta! is a documentary film by journalist Jocelyn Ford which follows the lives of widowed Tibetan street hawker Zanta and her seven-year-old son, whom she brought to Beijing so he could get an education. The film is in...

Beijing Population Passes 17 Million – AP

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 […]

No Place to Call Home – The Economist

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 […]

Orphans of the Chinese Economy – Ching-Ching Ni

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 […]

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