street vendors

Minitrue: Walk Back on “Street Vendor Economy”

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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...

Public Increasingly Outraged by Abusive Chengguan

Abuse inflicted on China’s lower class by chengguan has long drawn public outrage. While the dictionary defines these officials as “city management” clerks, the Shanghaiist has (perhaps more accurately)...

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...

Conflict between Chengguan and Shenzhen Street Sellers Leads to Riots

Southern Metropolis Daily reports on yet another conflict between street sellers and Chengguan on China’s streets, this time in Bao’an district, Shenzhen. In common with other incidents involving these two groups, such as the Kunming incident earlier this year, perceived Chengguan brutality in dealing with a female street seller and her child served as the trigger for rioting. These incidents can be seen as the result of a fundamental conflict across China between small business owners, often migrants, who wish to sell on China’s streets, and local governments who are generally hostile to such activities.

Street Vendors Gained Permission in Major Cities – Josie Liu’s blog

A comeback for street vendors, but to qualify you have to prove to be poor or laid-off. From Josie Liu’s blog: The city of Chongqing is preparing to carry out new policies allowing street vendors to do their business, after decades of banning and cracking down on them, city newspapers reported. The city government said […]



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