A foreman immediately roused 8,000 workers inside the company’s dormitories,...– Apple, America and a Squeezed Middle Class - NYTimes.com
“For an outside audience that still sometimes sees the Chinese as the faceless masses, Wasserstrom and Shah have assembled a collection of faces and names and fascinating life stories of a range of Chinese people. The contributors are some of the best-known writers on China today, and from every layer of society and every walk of life, the Chinese characters they have portrayed give readers...
In the midst of Wukan’s stand-off with the authorities in mid-December, Mr Lin...– Beijing appoints Wukan protest leader as official - FT.com
She said it was “ridiculous” that the daily rental for a Volkswagen...– In “Car rental firms in the driver’s seat” at China.org.cn, the author discusses a surge in car rentals in China. Contributor Megan Shank introduces us to the industry and one man trying to take a greater share of the market in her chapter of Chinese Characters.
Notes from a Chinese Cave: Qigong’s Quiet Return →
CC contributor Ian Johnson goes on a ten-day retreat | NYRblog
‘China’ is the Leatherman-tool of rhetoric of this campaign:...– Evan Osnos post for the New Yorker.
2 Chinese Characters contributors weigh in on Hu...
Jeff Wasserstrom does it here (with a nod to Jiang Zemin’s love of “Titanic”) and Evan Osnos does it here (with a nod back to the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union).
Victims of corruption and injustice have no faith in the law, and yet they dream...– Yu Hua’s latest op-ed, “In China, the Grievances Keep Coming.”
Putting 2011 Protests (in China and Other Places)... →
Havel belongs not only to Eastern Europe. He leaves a long record of moral...– Rowena Xiaoqing He’s “Reading Havel in Beijing” (Wall Street Journal)
Han Han Finds a New Crowd to Irritate →
Evan Osnos on the latest writing of China’s outspoken novelist-race car driver-blogger.
People no longer believe you can win by working hard and honestly in China.– A struggling journalist in Beijing, as quoted by CC contributor Christina Larson in “The End of the Chinese Dream” (Foreign Policy)
2011: Five Big China Stories (That Didn't Happen... →
The overall sense in western reports is that things are spinning out of control...– CC contributor Ian Johnson on the recent protests in Wukan, from his New York Review of Books blog post “Do China’s Village Protests Help the Regime?”
Do China’s Village Protests Help the Regime? →
CC contributor Ian Johnson challenges foreign media’s take on protest in the NYRblog
Q & A with a Thoughtful Journalist who has been in... →
China has, in recent months, been pressing North Korea to consider adopting a...– Another Chinese Characters contributor, Ananth Krishnan, weighs in on Kim’s death for The Hindu, focusing on NK leadership transition’s implications for and concerns in the PRC.
As Kim’s death came on the heels of Czech dissident leader and poet Vaclav...– From Christina Larson’s Foreign Policy blog post “Two Funerals, and Weibo.”
In rebellious Wukan, China, a rare sight: No... →
Report from Tom Lasseter (McClatchy) who “was able to slip into Wukan on Thursday night…with the help of a local who had detailed knowledge of winding routes that skirted police positions in roads outside the village.”