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‘Wukan: After The Uprising’ Premieres On Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera English premiers a four-part documentary series, Wukan: After the Uprising, taking an in-depth look at the village’s experience of grassroots democracy following protests over illegal government land grabs in...

Villagers Protest Land Grab, Demand Democracy

Police have set up a blockade around the Guangdong village of Shangpu, just 100 kilometers away from Wukan, after residents clashed with thugs they claim were sent by the local communist party chief in connection with a disputed...

Democracy Fails to Thrive in Wukan

Following widespread protests in 2011 in Wukan, Guangdong over a government land-grab, the provincial government agreed to elections to nominate new village leaders. Despite initial enthusiasm over what was perceived as a...

Can Wukan Maintain Relevance?

The Globe and Mail’s Mark MacKinnon checks in from Wukan, where the small village has struggled to deliver results from its democratic experiment: What we found was a hardscrabble village – Wukan is home to rice farmers...

Grassroots Democracy Challenges New Leaders

The growing number of mass incidents around China might show people’s impatience with the slow pace of top-down political reforms, but the bottom-up approach is not progressing smoothly either. At Reuters, John Ruwitch and...

“Honeymoon is Over” in Wukan

The Economist checks in from Wukan, where a small group of villagers protested last month over the lack of progress made by their new leaders in securing the return of their land, and reports that “one-time rebels are now...

One Year Later, Wukan Faces Same Challenges

After a minor protest in Wukan last Friday at the lack of progress made by the village’s democratically elected leaders since last year’s land grab demonstrations, The Wall Street Journal’s Josh Chin questions...

Wukan Villagers Protest Over Lack of Progress

A year after land grab protests began in the Guangdong fishing village of Wukan, and just six months after electing a new village committee in what many hailed as a new approach to dealing with social unrest in China, about 100...

Chinese Democracy Has its Benefits

A recent study suggests that China’s village elections have led to some concrete improvements for local residents since the early 80s, despite widespread meddling by Party officials. Among the reported benefits are greater...

After Voting, Can Wukan Claim Victory?

After electing a new village chief and one deputy on Saturday, voters in Wukan went back to the polls on Sunday to vote in run-off contests to choose a second deputy and fill the four remaining seats on a newly-created village...

All Eyes on Wukan as Polls Open (Updated)

Villagers in Wukan cast their votes Saturday to fill seats on a new village committee, only a few months after violent protests over corrupt land grabs and the death of a detained villager drove away local officials and yielded...

Election Fever in Wukan as Vote Nears

Candidates for election to Wukan’s new village committee gave campaign speeches on Wednesday as they make their final push ahead of Saturday’s historic election, called when an investigation team declared previous...

Wukan Tests Democracy With Historic Vote

Residents of Wukan, the village in Guangdong province which garnered global attention in connection with violent land grab demonstrations late last year, went to the polls Wednesday to select a committee to oversee the election...

Wukan’s Sensitive Legacy

China Media Project discusses the implications of the December Wukan incident, including the sentiment felt within the upper echelons of China’s Communist Party leadership: A January 27 blog post on Wukan made by lawyer...

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