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River Crab Archive: Remember Me on Qingming

When something disappears from the Internet in China, netizens joke that it has been “river-crabbed,” a play on the euphemism “harmonized.” The River Crab Archive is a collection of blog post titles, weibo, and other materials...

New Flu Cases Rise in Shadow of SARS

The death of a 38-year-old chef in Zhejiang from a new strain of bird flu has brought the number of reported fatalities to three, following news on Sunday of two earlier deaths in Shanghai. Ten H7N9 cases have now been...

China Rights Activist Beaten at Cemetery

The New York Times reports on the beating suffered by Sun Wenguang, a 75-year-old retired university professor in Shandong, when he went to a cemetery to pay his respects to Zhao Ziyang on Qing Ming day: As he entered the...

Tomb Sweeping Day in China

The Qingming festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, takes place today. It is a centuries’ old festival held to remember the deceased. As the first Qingming since the May 2008 Sichuan earthquake, this year’s...

Video: Chinese Remember Zhao Ziyang on Qing Ming

From RFA Unplugged: One by one, people file quietly into the home of Zhao Ziyang, the late former Communist Party leader who fell from grace in the wake of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Zhao’s family have set up a...

Qingming, Grave-sweeping Day

Although Qingming jie is an ancient Chinese holiday to commemorate the dead, it was only last December that the Chinese government made Qingming an official holiday. From China Daily: People are walking to a cemetery in the west...

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