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Environment

12.15.2014

Down to the Countryside

Sun Yunfan, Leah Thompson

The world has heard much of late about the scale and scope of China’s mass migration from the poor rural countryside to its booming cities. Some think the number of these migrant workers will soon reach some 400 million souls. They have...

Earthbound China

12.15.2014

A Map of China’s Back-to-the-Land Efforts

Leah Thompson

In our short film “Down to the Countryside,” Sun Yunfan and I follow Ou Ning, an artist and curator who moved from Beijing to the village of Bishan in rural Anhui province in 2013, where he experiments with preserving and revitalizing...

Infographics

11.20.2014

Who Really Benefits from Poverty Alleviation in China?

A series of reports issued by China’s National Audit Office highlights problems in 19 counties that have received funding from national poverty alleviation programs. News of “impoverished counties’” constructing luxurious new government...

Environment

10.23.2014

Tibetan Plateau Faces Massive ‘Ecosystem Shift’

chinadialogue

Large areas of grasslands, alpine meadows, wetlands, and permafrost will disappear on the Tibetan plateau by 2050, with serious implications for environmental security in China and South Asia, a research paper published by scientists at...

Other

10.20.2014

The Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary Photography

At a moment when the world is more engaged with China than ever before, ChinaFile, a project of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society, and the Magnum Foundation are pleased to announce the Abigail Cohen Fellowship in...

Environment

10.16.2014

‘Paranoia’ and Public Opinion

chinadialogue

When permits for Chinese researchers to grow genetically modified rice and corn expired this summer, there was concern. More so, given there was little indication that the Ministry of Agriculture would renew them.

Books

09.02.2014

Cities and Stability

China’s management of urbanization is an under-appreciated factor in the regime’s longevity. The Chinese Communist Party fears “Latin Americanization”—the emergence of highly unequal megacities with their attendant slums and social unrest...

Caixin Media

08.19.2014

A Chinese Town’s Imported Cambodian Brides

Caixin

It is a hot and sticky midsummer day in a small village along the Chang River in the eastern province of Jiangxi. The most popular spot is in front of the local grocery where a few women are playing mahjong as children chase each other ...

Video

08.12.2014

Chinese Dreamers

Sharron Lovell, Tom Wang

A dream, in the truest sense, is a solo act. It can’t be created by committee or replicated en masse. Try as you might, you can’t compel your neighbor to conjure up the reverie that you envision. And therein lies the latent, uncertain...

Environment

07.17.2014

The Legacy of Hunan’s Polluted Soils

chinadialogue

This is the second of a special three-part series of investigations jointly run by chinadialogue and Yale Environment 360 with the support of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Environment

06.12.2014

The Dead Swans of Dongting Lake

chinadialogue

I’ve lost track of how many nights I spent traveling to Dongting Lake, a large, shallow lake in Hunan province, central China, famed for being the origin of dragon-boat racing. In mid-January 2013 I met the Yueyang River Porpoise...

Sinica Podcast

06.06.2014

Rice, Wheat, and Air Filters

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn, David Moser

This week on Sinica, we're delighted to be joined by Thomas Talhelm, Ph.D. candidate in psychology at the University of Virginia and author of a recent paper proposing a fascinating connection between rice and wheat-growing communities,...

Video

05.28.2014

Staying Afloat

Lynn Zhang, Shirley Han Ying

In “Staying Afloat: Life on a Disappearing Lake,” Chinese filmmakers Lynn Zhang and Shirley Han Ying train their camera on the people who have been both perpetrators and victims of Lake Baiyangdian’s decline in water supply. They show us...

Caixin Media

04.01.2014

Eviction by Arson: Land-Seizure Turns Deadly

Caixin

A village head and the boss of a building company were among the seven people arrested over an arson attack on a protest against a land seizure in Shandong Province in which one man died and three others were hurt. The government of Pingdu...

Environment

03.11.2014

It’s Time to Cooperate on the Yarlung Tsangpo

chinadialogue, Isabel Hilton

This is part of a special series of articles produced by thethirdpole.net on the future of the Yarlung Tsangpo river—one of the world’s great transboundary rivers—which starts on the Tibetan Plateau before passing through India and ...

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