From Financial Times: China’s national audit office announced a new code of conduct after a macabre incident last week, when one of its auditors died of “excessive drinking and eating” at banquets hosted by the local electricity bureau whose books he was screening. His fellow auditors did not rush home in grief after their colleague’s […]
Survey of Chinese Peasants
by Sophie Beach | Dec 31, 2004
The inaugural issue of the revamped Far Eastern Economic Review features a translation of a section of an Investigation into China’s Peasantry, by Chen Guidi and Wu Chuntao, who are now being tried for libel. The site is accessible by subscription only, but excerpts are below.
by Xiao Qiang | Dec 28, 2004
Philip P. Pan wrote on The Washingtonpost: “Attorney Pu Zhiqiang sat with the two authors on trial, listening intently and taking notes, his broad shoulders hunched over a small table. Facing him on the other side of the courtroom, Zhang Xide, a short, slightly pudgy Communist Party boss, leaned back and smiled as the first […]
by Sophie Beach | Nov 27, 2004
ESWN has posted a translation of a lengthy special report in Mingpao Weekly about the Investigation into China’s Peasantry (中国农民调查） libel case, which includes significant information about the two authors and their reporting of the book, which won them the prestigious Lettres Ulysses award. The full post is here.
by Sophie Beach | Nov 12, 2004
The Guardian interviews Chen Guidi, author of An Investigation into China’s Peasantry (zhongguo nongmin diaocha), who is being sued for libel: “The author says he believes their claims will eventually be vindicated. ‘We can understand if the mainstream media is unable to support us, but we still have some faith in the Chinese legal system. […]
by Sophie Beach | Oct 14, 2004
An Investigation into China’s Peasantry (中国农民调查）, the banned book whose authors have been sued for libel, is apparently so popular that it is being used to spread a computer virus. Eswn posted news from Duowei News about a new virus being spread through instant messaging, which uses the following subject heading to get readers to […]
by Sophie Beach | Oct 4, 2004
Eswn has translated two new documents on the lawsuit against the authors of An Investigation into China’s Peasantry (中国农民调查）： The defendants’ summation statement and an interview with the plaintiff. The two authors, Chen Guidi and Wu Chuntao, recently won the prestigious Lettre Ulysses award in Germany.
by Xiao Qiang | Oct 2, 2004
From the The Goethe-Institute website: “In Berlin on the 2nd of October, 2004, an international jury composed of writers from ten linguistic regions announced the 2004 winner of the Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage . The annual Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage was established in 2003 initiated by the […]
by Sophie Beach | Sep 21, 2004
Eswn has compiled several news articles about the libel trial against the authors of the ground-breaking Investigation into China’s Peasantry (中国农民调查）。 Notable among these are two translated articles from Yazhou Zhoukan (Asia Weekly), including an interview with the defense lawyer, which are at the bottom of the post. Eswn also links to his earlier translations […]
by Sophie Beach | Aug 29, 2004
The libel trial against the authors of the best-selling An Investigation into China’s Peasantry （中国农民调查） is ongoing in Anhui Province, SCMP reports: “Defence lawyer Pu Zhiqiang accused officials of using the court to suppress criticism of them. ‘In the four days of the trial, we saw the entire leadership of Linquan county under Mr Zhang,’ […]
by Sophie Beach | Aug 24, 2004
The South China Morning Post has reported that the libel trial against the authors of An Investigation into China’s Peasantry has opened in Anhui Province: “A court in Anhui has begun hearing a libel case against the authors of a best-selling book which exposed the plight of peasants in China. The claim has been brought […]
by Sophie Beach | Jul 19, 2004
EastSouthWestNorth has translated a chapter of the book An Investigation into China’s Peasantry, in which Premier Wen Jianbao makes an impromptu visit to a poor Chinese village. The translation (as well as commentary from the translator) is available here.
by Sophie Beach | Jul 8, 2004
The New York Times has published a piece about the important book published last year, “An Investigation of China’s Peasantry” (Zhongguo Nongmin Diaocha), which was banned for revealing too much about the plight of China’s underclass. The authors are now being sued for libel. One of the authors, Chen Guidi, is quoted as saying: “We […]
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