Sunday, August 19, 2018

Three stories, one film and a big picture of the class divide in China

Three stories, one film and a big picture of the class divide in China

For one it is an unattainable dream, for another it is a passport to a secure future and for a third it is an option to be disregarded. The wide-ranging attitudes to a university education are just one of a series of differences exposed in a new cinematic examination of China’s social class system by…
Chinese calligraphy teacher jailed for molesting 11-year-old pupil

Chinese calligraphy teacher jailed for molesting 11-year-old pupil

A calligraphy teacher has been sentenced to three years in jail for molesting an 11-year-old girl in southwestern China, local media reported. The 43-year-old man, with the surname Wang, was found guilty of molesting the girl in January at an extracurricular school in Kunming in Yunnan province, the Chuncheng Evening News reported on Saturday. He…
China hit by third Africa swine fever outbreak this month

China hit by third Africa swine fever outbreak this month

China’s Ministry of Agriculture said on Sunday 88 pigs had died from African swine fever in the eastern city of Lianyungang, the third outbreak this month, as the highly contagious disease threatened to spread through the world’s largest pork producer. A total of 615 animals have been infected since August 15 with the swine fever…
Chinese restaurant owner lands US$39,000 ‘King of Fish’ in sizzling auction

Chinese restaurant owner lands US$39,000 ‘King of Fish’ in sizzling auction

A massive fish that sold at auction for 270,000 yuan (US$39,300) in southern China on Saturday will be chopped up and served to restaurant customers, according to the winning bidder. The 78kg fish was among the first catch of the new fishing season to go under the hammer in Beihai, in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous…
US politicians linking Confucius Institutes with espionage is taking paranoia to the extreme

US politicians linking Confucius Institutes with espionage is taking paranoia to the extreme

I want to look at the paranoid nonsense being talked about the Confucius Institutes that have mushroomed across the world since 2005, with US politicians in particular implying they are hotbeds of espionage, generating some kind of existential threat to national security. But first, I want to slip back half a century in time, to…
Chinese drug firm starts ‘let’s have a baby’ campaign. Angry women say ‘let’s not’

Chinese drug firm starts ‘let’s have a baby’ campaign. Angry women say ‘let’s not’

A Chinese pharmaceutical company’s subway advertising campaign has touched a raw nerve with passengers after urging women to have more babies, local media reported. The campaign, which saw the subway carriages on the number 2 line in Changsha city in the central province of Hunan painted pink, was designed to promote vitamins designed for pregnant…
Meet the Chinese kidney patient selling a smile to survive

Meet the Chinese kidney patient selling a smile to survive

When 26-year-old art teacher Zhu Ya was struck down by a potentially fatal kidney disease in May her prognosis appeared bleak. With no realistic prospect of receiving a transplant and faced with the prospect of prohibitively expensive medical bills for the dialysis needed to keep her alive, she initially despaired. But then she decided there…
After ad goes viral, hotel in China denies it is selling boiled eggs for US$421

After ad goes viral, hotel in China denies it is selling boiled eggs for...

A hotel in eastern China has denied it is selling specially cooked boiled eggs – a popular street food that usually costs 1 yuan (15 US cents) – for an eye-watering 2,899 yuan (US$421) each. But according to an advertisement that has been widely shared online, Toaytt Hotel and Resorts in Wuxi, Jiangsu province said…
Heartaches, headaches and hukou: how China’s bureaucracy tangled people in red tape

Heartaches, headaches and hukou: how China’s bureaucracy tangled people in red tape

Whether it is bouncing between various departments to accomplish simple requests, enduring long application processes or trying to keep up with new rules that arrive without warning, bureaucracy is a reality of life for most people – regardless of where they live. In China, however, the problem has caught the government’s attention, resulting in the…
Injured alpacas and tortoises in labour: life as a vet for exotic animals in China

Injured alpacas and tortoises in labour: life as a vet for exotic animals in...

Dr Liu Youou isn’t your ordinary vet. In addition to the usual cats and dogs, she has treated a range of exotic animals including alpacas, raccoons, minks, flying squirrels, a giant tortoise and a lizard at her Nanjing practice in Jiangsu province. The 34-year-old veterinary surgeon has become an internet sensation of sorts on Chinese…
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