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Angel Hsu & Barbara A. Finamore

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Zeng Jinyan

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Joshua Frank

Collecting Insanity

Joshua Frank

Every country has a past it likes to celebrate and another it would rather forget. In China, where history still falls under the tight control of government-run museums and officially approved textbooks, the omissions appear especially stark. An unusual museum dedicated largely to what is absent in China’s self-presentation is the subject of Joshua Frank’s short film “Collecting Insanity.” Frank tours the Jianchuan Museum Cluster, of Fan Jianchuan, an ex-official and real estate magnate, in the town of Anren, near Chengdu. The group of exhibits, named after Fan himself, display their owner’s collection of millions of historical artifacts, gathered over a lifetime of obsessive...

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Here’s How This Giant Chinese Forest Disappeared

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Michael Zhao

In early August, Greenpeace China’s forest campaigner Wu Hao wrote a piece in the environmental section of the newspaper Southern Weekly about China’s astonishing rate of deforestation. He posted dramatic before and after satellite images of forests cleared in Zhejiang province, in southeastern China. Wu talked to Michael Zhao about deforestation and the power of images in environmental campaigns.What drove the clear-cutting of forests in Zhejiang?...

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Mugabe Critic: Zimbabwe’s ‘Old Friend’ China is Bleeding it Dry

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Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden & more

Harare-based economist and columnist Vince Musewe doesn’t mince words in his criticism of Zimbabwe’s growing financial dependence. Beijing is “bleeding Zimbabwe dry” through loans and Musewe says enough is enough. He is calling on Robert Mugabe’s government to come clean and reveal the secret deals between the two governments, otherwise Musewe warns Zimbabwe will only sink further in to economic desperation.Listen...

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‘What’s So Wrong with Splitting up?’

Netizens Use the Scottish Referendum to Discuss Democracy in China

Tea Leaf Nation & David Wertime

It reads like an Orwellian threat to all Scots: “The English government needs to immediately commence political thought education, and Scotland needs to be ruled by someone patriotic. Strike hard against separatist forces! Let every department at every level require assiduous study of David Cameron’s speeches and thought, and properly educate the masses.” In fact, it’s nothing more than satire on Weibo, China’s Twitter, poking direct fun at Chinese agitprop and a Beijing declaration...

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More Exploitation, More Happiness

How Netizens Responded to a Deadly Factory Explosion

Kevin Slaten

It was one of the deadliest industrial disasters in recent Chinese history. On August 2, a massive metal dust explosion killed 75 workers and injured another 186 at a factory in Kunshan, in Jiangsu province, that supplied wheels to General Motors. Asphyxiation killed more than 40 people almost immediately as oxygen in the production facility was consumed in an instant. Many of those who escaped suffered severe burns across their entire bodies as the flames instantly ignited the dust that covered their clothes and skin. The explosion, like many...

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Grappling with Ammonia in China’s Haze

Farms and Cars Contribute to Rising Levels of Noxious Gas


Chicken farmers and auto designers follow different career paths, but soon both may be changing how they do their jobs as part of a campaign to clean up China’s polluted air. Emissions from poultry waste and auto engines alike can contain potentially harmful levels of ammonia, a colorless gas with a pungent smell that’s getting new attention as part of the country’s battle against air pollution. In August, the Ministry of Environmental Protection took a major step toward addressing the problem by issuing the central government’s first-ever guidelines for ammonia emissions. Spearheading the drafting of Technical Guidelines for Compiling an...

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