Electromagnetism Fears Spark Protests

China has seen numerous protests triggered by fears of chemical pollution. Two incidents in the past month have revolved instead around concerns over health threats from electromagnetic radiation, despite the lack of evidence...

Wang Xiaofang Exposes World of Chinese Bureaucracy

Author Wang Xiaofang has written a novel about corruption and the inner workings of Chinese bureaucracy that is not so loosely based on his experience working as secretary to Ma Xiangdong, deputy mayor of Shenyang who was...

2 Dead, 223 Injured from Beijing Fireworks

Xinhua reports on casualties from Beijing’s traditional New Year fireworks barrage: The dead, two men, were killed respectively in the explosion while setting off shoddy fireworks in the early hours of Thursday, the first...

Liaoning Police Take Live Video Petition

Liaoning residents carrying grievances may now file petitions via video conferencing. From Global Times: Residents in Liaoning Province who want to file a complaint or request on public security issues may do so remotely at...

Parallel Fate of a Man and His City  

From Economic Observer Online: Chinese writer Wang Xiaofang, 48, kicked off his latest book signing tour in June. It is the third of his Beijing Office Director series, which launched him to his role as an icon of the...

Al-Jazeera on the Yilishen Ant Farming Scandal

Below is Al Jazeera’s news video about the Yilishen scandal, via Youtube: Thousands of people across China have been conned out of their life savings in a massive investment scam involving ant farms. A chairman of one...

38 Hummers Block Traffic in Shenyang – Beijing Morning News

A rich family in Shenyang, Liaoning Province used 38 Hummers for a wedding ceremony last Saturday. These cars jammed Shenyang streets and ran red lights. However, it was difficult for police to track and punish them, as the license plates of the Hummers were covered in advance. Story from Beijing Morning News and photo via […]

Passions Cool after China Ant Aphrodisiac Protest – Reuters

An update of the Ant Farmers’ protest, via Reuters: Tensions have eased after thousands of people in northeast China besieged government offices demanding help to get their money back from a get-rich-quick scheme to raise ants to make an aphrodisiac tonic. Several thousand irate investors from across Liaoning, a rustbelt province striving to attract investment, […]

Bankrupt Ant Farmers Prepare to Protest – John Kennedy

From Global Voices Online: Shenyang was mobbed today with furious ex-ant farmers, former employees of Yilishen, a media darling and one of China’s most well-known brands in the health supplement market, as the company has just closed, taking the huge amounts its peasant-class employees had invested with it. The city’s ant farming industry is no […]

Mayors’ Hotlines Not Efficient Channels, Say Disgruntled Public –

From Having a hotline to the city mayor sounds like a good idea but the initiative has been panned by the public in a poll, with eighty percent of those surveyed giving a resolute thumbs down, according to a series of surveys conducted by the People’s Daily. Wuhan city in central China’s Hubei province […]

Casualties of China’s Transformed Economy – Jeannet Catsoulis

From the Washington Post: Bracketed by stunning long shots taken from the front of a moving freight train, Wang Bing‘s epic, three-part documentary, Tie Xi Qu: West of Tracks,” is an astonishingly intimate record of China’s painful transition from state-run industry to a free market. Filming between 1999 and 2001, Mr. Wang and his sound […]



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