Survey of Chinese Peasants

Tales from China’s farming frontline – Richard McGregor

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 […]

Translation of An Investigation into China’s Peasantry

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.

In China, Turning the Law Into the People’s Protector

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 […]

An Investigation into China’s Peasantry: On The Eve Of The Verdict

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.

The banned book that sold 8m

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. […]

An Investigation into China’s Peasantry computer virus

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 […]

New documents on libel suit against peasants’ book authors

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.

Authors of the “China peasant survey” won the world-prize for reportage-literature

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 […]

The Trial Of The Century For Peasant Rights

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 […]

Libel trial ongoing for peasants’ book’s authors

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,’ […]

Authors brought to trial for book about peasants

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 […]

Translation of an Investigation into China’s Peasantry

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.

Legal battle dogs banned book’s authors

The South China Morning Post has published an article about the legal troubles plaguing the authors of An Investigation into China’s Peasantry (中国农民调查). Read it on AsiaMedia’s site here.

Exposé of Peasants’ Plight Is Suppressed by China

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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