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China at the Crossroads of Renewal and Breakdown

In nearly 9,000 words at The Globe and Mail, Mark MacKinnon recounts his recent 22-day train journey around China, loosely following the course of Mao’s Long March. He met officials and protesters, nailhouse residents and...

China’s Blood-Stained Property Map

An interactive, participatory map project aims to show each and every violent land grab incident in China. The Wall Street Journal blog reports: Called “the Blood-Stained Housing Map,” the project uses Google Maps to plot...

Fighting Eviction: The Videogame

A new videogame pits feisty “nailhouse” owners, or property owners who refuse to be forcibly evicted, against property developers. From the Wall Street Journal blog: Nail Household vs. Demolition Team, released by...

Defiant Beijing Family Loses Home

Another nail house has been pounded to the ground, this time in Beijing. From the BBC: Bedecked with posters, slogans and flags, the city-centre shack had been attracting attention from neighbours and passers-by. The Yu family...

Stand-off at Beijing ‘Nail House’

From BBC News: A Beijing family are refusing to move from their city centre home, despite a court order threatening to throw them out. Family members say they are not being offered enough compensation for the home they bought 60...

A Nail House in the Heart of Beijing

From the Time-blog: Beijing is full of patriotism these days. National flags adorn cars and “I [heart] China” t-shirts are in fashion. But it’s hard to match the display of one small store in central Beijing. A national flag...

UPDATE: The Shengzhou Nailbuilding



John Kennedy at Global Voices provides extensive background on reports earlier today that a 90-year-old woman in the Zhejiang town of Shengzhou threatened police with a homemade
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