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09.03.2014

China Air Daily

Michael Zhao

Beijing’s air pollution regularly makes international headlines. But exactly how bad is the air in the Chinese capital, home to more than 21 million people? That’s the question China Air Daily strives to answer—in pictures we take every...

Environment

07.17.2014

China Faces Long Battle to Clean Polluted Soil

chinadialogue

This is the third 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. You can also read parts one and two.

Caixin Media

06.10.2014

A Jesuit Astronomer in a Qing Emperor’s Court

Caixin, Sheila Melvin

Of the 920 Jesuits who served in the China mission between 1552 and 1800, only the Italian Matteo Ricci (Li Madou) remains well known. This is understandable—it was Ricci who first gained permission for the Jesuits to live in Beijing and...

Features

02.14.2014

It’s Hard to Say ‘I Love You’ in Chinese

Roseann Lake

“We didn’t say ‘I love you,’” said Dr. Kaiping Peng, Associate Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley. I’d ventured over to his China office on the campus of Beijing’s mighty Tsinghua University to...

Media

01.23.2014

Out of the Dark Room

Sharron Lovell

Photographers document China’s breakneck development in fractions of a second every single day. Yet the work of Chinese photojournalists remains largely unseen outside their homeland. Of the thousands of images of the country illustrating...

Other

12.26.2013

2013 Year in Review

The Editors

As the year draws to a close, we want to take a moment to look back at some of the stories ChinaFile published in 2013. We hope you’ll find something that interests you to read—or watch—over the holidays.

Viewpoint

09.11.2013

Beijing’s Air in 2013 or Ground Zero’s After 9/11: Which Was Worse?

Emily Brill

When I moved to Beijing from New York in February to study Chinese, a question began to haunt me: Could Beijing’s air in 2013 be more dangerous than the toxic brew produced by the 9/11 attacks on New York City’s World Trade Center, which...

Caixin Media

09.04.2013

China’s Shale Gas Development Goals Just Pipe Dreams

Caixin

China wants to reap the benefits of a shale gas revolution similar to the one in the United States, but there are many obstacles to this happening, experts say.

Environment

06.20.2013

China’s GM Soybean Imports Stir Up Controversy

chinadialogue

Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, has been awash with criticisms of the Ministry of Agriculture’s decision to green light imports of three more strains of genetically modified (GM) soybeans.

Features

06.06.2013

Bad Medicine

Kathleen McLaughlin

In 1967, as the United States sank into war in the jungles of Vietnam and China descended into the cataclysm of the Cultural Revolution, Chinese soldiers secretly fighting alongside the North Vietnamese also battled swarms of malarial...

Conversation

05.14.2013

Why Can’t China Make Its Food Safe?—Or Can It?

Alex Wang, John C. Balzano, Isabel Hilton, Alexa Olesen, Jeremy Goldkorn

The month my wife and I moved to Beijing in 2004, I saw a bag of oatmeal at our local grocery store prominently labeled: “NOT POLLUTED!” How funny that this would be a selling point, we thought.

Environment

02.13.2013

Nuclear Fusion: An Answer to China’s Energy Problems?

chinadialogue

The global nuclear sector has been through something of an apocalyptic patch since the disaster at Fukushima—from power station shutdowns in Japan and Germany to waste-plan chaos in the U.K. to doubts about China’s ability to showcase new...

Caixin Media

12.03.2012

Toxic Effects and Environmental Nondisclosure

Caixin

High-profile talk emphasizing environmental action at the Communist Party’s 18th national congress attracted a lot of attention. News from the November proceedings spurred industry demands for more information and pushed stock prices...

Media

12.01.2012

Chinese AIDS Activist Endures “Degradation” in New York, Determined to Finish What She Started

Tea Leaf Nation

Chinese people translate “New Yorker” into “New York Ke” to designate people living in New York City, including Chinese immigrants. But in Chinese, “ke” means “visitor” or “guest.” It has been a sad word in Chinese literature and poems for...

Environment

11.27.2012

Millions Await News of Test-tube Panda Taotao’s “Return” to the Wild

chinadialogue

On October 11, at the age of two years and two months, giant panda Taotao went home. This was China’s second attempt to introduce a giant panda born through artificial insemination into the wild. Unlike last time, however, Taotao was born...

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