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Rural School Kids Suffer Malnutrition

While childhood obesity expands in China’s cities, many children in impoverished rural areas still suffer from chronic malnutrition and hunger. Lan Fang and Wang Heyan at Caixin Online report that research into the problem...

Aging Chinese Face a Bleak Picture

After a pilot launched in 2008, research for the landmark China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS) began in 2011 with support from Peking University, the National Science Foundation of China, and the World Bank....

Extreme Poverty in China Crashes Since 1981

While China’s severe income inequality has become an increasingly prominent issue in recent months, new estimates from the World Bank on extreme poverty around the globe (PDF) show another side to the country’s...

Three Self-Immolations Amid Crackdown, Debate

Three Tibetan self-immolations have taken place in recent days, according to exile media, amid vigorous discussion of the protests and a continued crackdown by Chinese authorities. From Dharamsala-based Phayul.com: Tsezung Kyab,...

Guizhou Journalist Sent on “Forced Vacation”

On November 15th, five brothers and cousins aged between nine and thirteen died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a Guizhou dumpster, where they had lit a fire to keep warm. Their deaths prompted a frenzy of soul searching in both...

The Key to Bringing Democracy to China

At Foreign Policy, MIT’s Yasheng Huang suggests that the best way to promote democracy in China would be to stress elite self-interest over moral values. Huang also challenges the argument that asking China to democratise...

Photographs Capture a Disappearing China

With rapid and profound economic and social changes underway in China, many aspects of day-to-day life are being transformed. Several artists have recently made efforts to document the current way of life for Chinese families as...

China to Raise Poverty Threshold

On Tuesday the central government announced that they would raise the rural poverty line from the 2009 per-capita threshold of 1,274 yuan (about $200) to 2,300 yuan (about $360, or just below $1 a day). This means that many more...

Photos: The "Rat Tribe" of Beijing

In air raid shelters and tunnels below Beijing, migrant workers, young graduates, and other workers who can’t afford Beijing’s steep housing costs have fashioned homes for themselves in spaces rented out by...

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