Shaanxi

Reappearance of Dreaded “Health Codes” Stokes Alarm

As the one-year anniversary of the lifting of China’s “zero-COVID” policy approaches, residents in many provinces in China have been dismayed and alarmed by the apparent return of mobile phone app-based health codes. Screenshots...

How China Invented Cats

The Atlantic’s Rebecca J. Rosen describes surprising new archaeological findings on early...

Police Turn Blind Eye To Baby Smuggling Trade

Zhang Suxia, an obstetrician in Shaanxi’s Fuping county, who for eight years allegedly sold her patient’s healthy babies on the booming black market, is at the heart of a recent baby-trafficking scandal, which has...

Secret Folk Music Holds Firm In Badlands

NPR’s Anthony Kuhn, recently returned to China, introduces the Shaanxi folk music known as lao qiang  (老腔), or “old tune”: Traditionally, Lao Qiang musicians would accompany a puppeteer, who would tell stories...

Migration in Shaanxi Complicates Farmer’s Lives

Ian Johnson reports for a New York Times series on mass migration in China that a 200 billion dollar project will relocate 2.4 million farmers from the Shaanxi mountains to towns that have been “built from scratch on...

Ministry of Truth: Real Estate Fraud Cover-Up

“Journalist Liu Hu” (@记者刘虎) posted this image of a propaganda directive on Weibo today: “Boss, there’s public sentiment on Weibo. What should we do?” “Figure out a way to wipe it out as soon...

Drawing the News: Silly Old Bear

A roundup of online political cartoons from the past two weeks. Click any image to launch gallery view. Want more? Check out CDT Chinese’s Sunday series, Empire Illustrated (图说天朝). During Xi Jinping and Obama’s meeting at...

China’s Ragtag Shale Army Far from Revolution

China’s vast estimated shale gas reserves may hold the eventual promise of lower-carbon energy—at least compared with the country’s current diet of coal—and freedom from the need to secure oil supplies from the...

All Eyes on New Guangdong Party Chief, Hu Chunhua

Among a slew of other new appointments this week, Xinhua reported that Hu Jintao protégé “Little Hu” Chunhua is to be the new Party chief of Guangdong province. His time at the helm of the economic powerhouse is...

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