For Many in China, the One Child Policy is Already Irrelevant | ChinaFile -
Leslie T. Chang writes of a woman migrant worker: “She was ignored by the government, living at the margins — in China, that’s often the best place to be.”
Oiwan Lam reports on the 2012 China Cancer Census and reactions from accross the country: Every Minute Six Patients are Diagnosed with Cancer in China · Global Voices
China's Ancient Lifeline -
The 1,400-year-old Grand Canal is a monumental project that bound north and south China together. It’s still in use today.
by Ian Johnson with photos by Michael Yamashita
Censorship's Many Faces -
The newspaper Southern Weekend, based in Guangdong Province, for years published exposés on corruption and malfeasance, becoming one of China’s most popular news outlets. Shrewdly, it focused its muckraking on other provinces, with the result that local censors often cut it slack.
Author Yu Hua on the surprising ins-and-outs of film, book publishing and news in China — and what that all has to do with food safety.
@tong_lam That’s amazing! How so?? cc @jwassers @annagreenspan @insideoutchina @alecash— Angilee Shah (@angshah)
The stories show students how history works its way into contemporary life. Highly animated discussion.@angshah @jwassers— Tong Lam (@tong_lam) April 19, 2013
narrative junkie: Two Chinese students in America, found and lost. -
A rare scholarly bright spot amidst a brutal week of news: today was the official launch of the Digital Public Library of America:
(From the NOBLE Digital Heritage collection, hat tip Rebecca Nedostop)
It is a treasure-trove of goodies, including this 1879 Boston studio portrait of Hong Yen Chang (aka Henry Chang or 張康仁), who was one of the first “overseas students” 留學生 in the United States.
It has always been her dream to come to America to study. While she was here, she fell in love with Boston and its people. She loved her new friends and her professors at Boston University. She wanted to play a role in international business, specializing in applied mathematics. She has been studying very hard toward her goal. Sadly, it was not to be. — Letter from the Family of Lu Lingzi | BU Today | Boston University
Ian Johnson: In China, the World’s Biggest Movie Lot Gets Even Bigger -
Hengdian World Studios, in China, is the largest movie lot ever built. Some of China’s most iconic buildings have been erected on Hengdian’s eight thousand acres, giving the place the ersatz-historical feel of Colonial Williamsburg. On average, there are twenty movies or television dramas being filmed at Hengdian simultaneously.
Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Angilee Shah, co-editors of Chinese Character will be at the legendary Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at the University of Southern California on Sunday, April 21. Come to roam the festival and find us at 3:30pm in Seeley G. Mudd (SGM 124).
Nonfiction: People & Place
Mark Binelli (Detroit City is the Place to Be)
Bill Boyarsky (Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times)
Angilee Shah and Jeffrey Wasserstrom (Chinese Characters)
Moderator: Orli Low (Black Clock)