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The Ticking Bomb of China’s Urban Para-Police

The death of watermelon vendor Deng Zhengjia after a fatal beating at the hands of chengguan urban management officials in Hunan province last month rekindled long-held public anger at these ambiguously empowered local...

Mixed Findings from Fruit Vendor’s Autopsy

An autopsy on a watermelon vendor allegedly beaten to death by chengguan urban management officers two weeks ago has offered a mixed picture about the true cause of his death. The report found that Deng Zhengjia died of a...

China’s Chengguan Caught in a Vicious Cycle

Chengguan, or members of China’s various Urban Administrative Law Enforcement Bureaus, have long been known to take a heavy hand in doling out their power on unlicensed street vendors. So far this year, abusive chengguan...

Chengguan: Abusive or Misunderstood?

China’s urban management officers, or chengguan, are known in the news for their abuse of power and assaults on China’s lower class. The notorious reputation of China’s chengguan was exacerbated last Friday...

Dumplings for Sale

That’s Shanghai has published an extended version of sociologist Tricia Wang’s blog post from December, ‘Street Vendor Life in China’. The article describes in greater depth a family of street food...

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