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Minitrue: Walk Back on “Street Vendor Economy”

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source. All previously posted content on...

One-Child Policy and Class Divide

Film director Zhang Yimou was accused earlier this month of violating China's one-child policy, reportedly fathering as many as seven children with four different women. In a New York Times op-ed, author Ma Jian explains how...

Testing Time for China’s Migrant Millions

Desperate migrant workers packed Beijing's education bureau this month, demanding that their children be allowed to take the national college entrance exam (gaokao) together with their urban peers. Carol Huang at AFP News...

China Shows Force in Shaxi after Worker Riots

Following two nights of rioting after a fight between a migrant teenager and a local boy in Shaxi, Guangdong, riot police have been brought in to restore order. BBC reporters visited Shaxi: We kept a low profile on the streets...

Waiting and Watching, Hoping to Be Heard – Maureen Fan

From the Washington Post: On a recent Sunday night in an old neighborhood near the South Railway Station, not far from several government departments, a string of shacks and tents shielded hundreds of peasants who had recently arrived in the capital to see the authorities. In theory, it was a day of rest, since the […]

A lesson well learnt – John Gittings

On the Guardian website, John Gittings reviews The Writing on the Wall by Will Hutton: Will Hutton’s new book on China – The Writing on the Wall – has been welcomed for taking a fresh and critical look at a country which attracts too much hyperbole. It is one of a new genre of China […]

Begging for Justice in China’s Capital – Simon Montlake

From The Christian Science Monitor: Local government abuses have created an underclass of petitioners who seek redress in Beijing. They arrive from distant villages and towns in groups of five or less, eyes downcast as they approach the entrance to the walled compound. Many wear the drab bulky clothes of China’s hardscrabble countryside, and their […]

The Self-Narrative of a Motorcycle Driver – Chen Hong

A two-month old blog attracted more than 150,000 clicks and over 3,000 comments. Its daily visitors reached as many as 5,000. This is not a blog about sex or private lives. It’s about social problems, economic reforms and bureaucracy, and it’s written by a motorcycle taxi driver who never went to college, and whose business […]

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