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China Micromanages Tibet, Floods It With Money to Woo Locals

Nearly 6,500 civil servants have been dispatched to manage hefty budgets and shape Tibet's modernization...

Suicide Bombings in China: Beyond Terrorism

Shannon Tiezzi
A suicide bomber attacked a park in Heze in China’s Shandong province, killing two (including the bomber) and injuring 24, with three people receiving “relatively severe” injuries.

China May Adopt 'Two-child Policy, Demographic Timebomb Looms

Tom Phillips
China could be on the verge of introducing a two-child policy, under which all Chinese couples would be allowed to have two children.

Myanmar Gives 153 Chinese Life in Jail for Illegal Logging

Aye Aye Win
A court in Myanmar sentenced 153 Chinese nationals to life in prison on after convicting them of illegal logging in a case that has already strained relations with Beijing.

China Probes Senior Xinjiang Security Official For Graft

Ben Blanchard
A deputy regional security chief and former head of the prison system, Xie Hui, in Xinjiang has been put under investigation for suspected corruption.


Date Title Topics/Keywords
06.28.15 On the Kang: A Chinese Family Album
Gilles Sabrié
In rural northern China, the kang is the heart of the home. The two meter wide brick platforms, heated beneath by a coal, wood, straw, or corn cob fire, are hearth, family bed, and living room all rolled into one. Especially during the winter when fields...
Rural Life
06.24.15 High Off the Hog
Stefani Kim
Hongshaorou—“red braised” pork belly, a classic Chinese dish—is cooked with ginger, garlic, and soy sauce until the squares of fatty meat are so tender they dissolve in the mouth. Once a luxury, this succulent delicacy was known to be a favorite meal of...
Environment, Health, Rural Life, Urban Life
06.23.15 The Brother Orange Saga
Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn, David Moser, Cecilia Miao, Matt Sheehan
The story started when a Buzzfeed editor lost his iPhone in an East Village bar in February of last year and blossomed into the Sino-American romance of the century, and probably the most up-lifting and altogether unlikely China story that we can...
Media, Rural Life, Urban Life
06.9.15 China’s Cabinet Unveils Plan to Improve Rural Schools
The State Council has released a plan for improving the quality of education in rural areas over the next five years—a move the cabinet says is aimed at improving the quality of teaching at primary and secondary schools in the country’s less-developed...
Education, Law, Politics, Rural Life
04.29.15 An American Hero in China
Ian Johnson
One night in September, three hundred people crowded into the basement auditorium of an office tower in Beijing to hear a discussion between two of China’s most popular writers. One was Liu Yu, a thirty-eight-year-old political scientist and blogger who...
Health, Rural Life
03.23.15 In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland
Kaiser Kuo, David Moser, Michael Meyer
Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are joined by Michael Meyer, the author of The Last Days of Old Beijing and now In Manchuria, a part literary travelogue and part journalistic account of three years spent living with family in rural Jilin.{vertical_photo_right...
Economy, History, Rural Life, Society
03.9.15 China’s Real Inconvenient Truth: Its Class Divide
Rachel Lu
China is talking about its pollution problem, but its equally serious class problem remains obscured behind the haze. Smog leapt to the forefront of Chinese national discourse after the February 28 release of "Under the Dome," a 103-minute-long...
Environment, Health, Media, Rural Life, Urban Life
03.4.15 The Other China
Michael Meyer, Ian Buruma
Writers Michael Meyer and Ian Buruma engage in a discussion co-sponsoted by The New York Review of Books centered on Meyer's new book, In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China, which combines immersion journalism,...
Arts, Education, History, Rural Life
03.2.15 Village Acupuncture
Andrew Stokols
On a bamboo-covered mountaintop the mud-walled houses of Diaotan village are just barely visible through the thick fog that often shrouds this remote hamlet in China’s Zhejiang province. Worn but sturdy earthen walls still enclose the largest structure...
Economy, History, Rural Life
02.20.15 ‘Still Not Married?’ A Graphic Guide to Surviving Chinese New Year
Roseann Lake
Maya Hong is a Beijing transplant from a small town outside of Harbin, the icy city not far from China’s border with Siberia. Though proud of her glacial origins and skilled at combating subzero temperatures, over the years Hong, 30, has had to add to...
Rural Life, Society
02.4.15 ‘This is not that China Story’
James Carter, Michael Meyer
James Carter spent much of the 1990s researching the modern history of Harbin, China’s northernmost major city, in the region that is today known as dongbei, the northeast. That region is the subject of Michael Meyer’s forthcoming book, In Manchuria: A...
History, Rural Life, Society
01.28.15 The View from Wasteland
Michael Meyer
In winter the land is frozen and still. A cloudless sky shines off snow-covered rice paddies, reflecting light so bright, you have to shield your eyes. I lean into a stinging wind and trudge north up Red Flag Road, to a village named Wasteland.The view...
Economy, History, Rural Life, Society
01.22.15 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 Documentary Photography...
Environment, Media, Rural Life, Society
12.30.14 A Look Back at 2014
The Editors
It’s hard to believe, but ChinaFile is almost two years old. It’s been an exciting year for us, and, as ever, an eventful year for China. It was a year of muscular leadership from Xi Jinping, who has now been in office just over two years and who appears...
Arts, Business, Economy, Education, Energy, Environment, Health, History, Law, Media, Military, Politics, Religion, Rural Life, Science, Society, Technology, Urban Life
12.15.14 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 created massive...
Environment, Rural Life, Society
12.15.14 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 local heritage,...
Rural Life
11.20.14 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 buildings or...
Economy, Law, Politics, Rural Life, Society
10.23.14 Tibetan Plateau Faces Massive ‘Ecosystem Shift’
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 the Kunming...
Environment, Rural Life, Society
10.16.14 ‘Paranoia’ and Public Opinion
Sam Geall
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.The certificates, issued in 2009,...
Business, Environment, Rural Life, Science
09.2.14 Cities and Stability
Jeremy L. Wallace
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. Such cities...
Economy, Politics, Rural Life, Society, Urban Life