Translation: Long Lockdowns in China’s Border Towns

As China doubles down on its zero-COVID policy, Shanghai struggles through a sixth week of lockdown, and Beijing expands mass testing and targeted closures, many smaller Chinese cities and towns have endured much longer periods...

Eastern Promise in Guangzhou’s Little Africa

While China’s presence in Africa attracts ever more attention, Kit Gillet explores the other side of the coin in Guangzhou’s “Little Africa”: “When it comes to Africa, the US and Europe think about aid,...

Xi’s Visit Lifts a Village, But Lays Bare Rural Woes

China’s countryside, where almost half of its population still lives, lags far behind the cities in its level of development. Average incomes are less than a third of their urban counterparts, and economic migration has...

One-Child Policy Accused of Breeding Mistrust

An Australian study published last week attempts to quantify the psychological effects of the “one-child policy” on those born under it, who have often been disparaged as a generation of spoiled “Little...

Africa’s Chinese Diaspora: Under Pressure

While the controversies surrounding Beijing’s massive economic and soft-power investments in the African continent are frequently explored by the media, Andrew Bowman looks at an aspect of the China-Africa...

Mysterious Document Gives Rights to Migrant Workers

China’s household registration, or hukou (户口) system, has long been a subject of contention, limiting China’s many migrant workers access to public services in the cities where they work. While reform has been...

Empty Chairs Symbolise Pain of Rural China

Ministry of Tofu has posted a set of photos by Xinhua’s Liu Jie, which poignantly reflect the separation of millions of families by mass labour migration and tight residence restrictions. Due to the massive urbanization...

Groaning on the ‘Industrial Migration’ Trail

Some Chinese factories moved inland in hopes of securing cheaper and more readily available land, as well as lower labor costs. Caixin reports on the impact of “industrial migration”: Inland cities and regions are...

Stefan Lovgren: China’s Boom Is Bust for Global Environment, Study Warns

From National Geographic News: According to Vital Signs 2005“a new report by the Worldwatch Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based environmental nonprofit”China is now driving the consumption and production of almost everything, threatening to deplete the world’s resources… China is in the middle of the largest rural migration in human history, with millions of its people leaving […]

Chicago Tribune: Migration of a nation

From Chicago Tribune: “For rural China’s destitute farmers such as the Bai family, jobs exported to the cities–many from America–offer a profound new hope for a better life.”



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