Directives from the Ministry of Truth: June 6-29, 2011

The following examples of censorship instructions, issued to the media and/or Internet companies by various central (and sometimes local) government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Chinese journalists and...

Chinese Court Jails Six for Role in Guangdong Riot

Six people have been sentenced for their roles in the riots in Xintang, Guangdong last month. The riots started after an altercation between a pregnant migrant street vendor and a security officer (chengguan). From Reuters: The...

China Migrant Unrest Exposes Generation Faultline

Reuters revisits the city of Zengcheng, Guangdong, the scene of riots last month after a skirmish between a pregnant street vendor and a police officer. They find a generational shift among migrant workers, many of whom are...

Evan Osnos: China: Truth, Rumors, and a Basket of Fruit

On his New Yorker blog, Evan Osnos comments on the recent riots in Xintang, Guangdong, the power of rumors in Chinese society, and the government’s powerlessness as a purveyor of truth: The town of Zengcheng had erupted in...

Police Struggle to Quell Mass Riots in Southern China

The riots in Xintang, Zengcheng, Guangdong are continuing several days after a confrontation in which police reportedly pushed a pregnant street vendor to the ground, sparking large-scale protests by local migrant workers. From...

The End of China’s Cheap Denim Dream

Malcom Moore reports for the Telegraph from Xintang, the “jeans capital of the world,” on China’s denim industry and why the price of jeans may rise: More and more workers are choosing not to travel to the...



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