Writing

The AIDS Granny In Exile (Buzzfeed)

In the ’90s, a gynecologist named Gao Yaojie exposed the horrifying cause of an AIDS epidemic in rural China — and the ensuing cover-up — and became an enemy of the state. Now 85, she lives in New York without her family, without her friends, and without regrets. 

Prostitution and AIDS: In need of more protection (The Economist)

Like banquets and the grain liquor know as baijiu, prostitution has become a widely accepted feature of the business rituals of millions of Chinese men. So when rumours erupted recently of an AIDS epidemic among middle-end Chinese sex workers in the manufacturing centre of Dongguan, the government was forced to speak up. 

Disturbing the Dead: A step too far (The Economist)

A local government in Anhui province has become the latest to stoke rural anger over burials. Against the will of a recently deceased 83-year-old man’s family, officials dug up and burned the man’s remains. The act was apparently in retaliation for the family’s refusal to follow new rules requiring cremation. Unrest resulted that had to be quelled by security forces.

Dead but not Buried (The Economist)

There is little you cannot buy on the Chinese Internet. A look at the trade trade in human corpses. 

Crackdown on Sex City: Just doing their jobs (The Economist)

A crackdown on prostitution in the southern Chinese city of Dongguan could provide a peek into just how massive the illegal industry is across the country.

A Secret Weapon in the Battle to Save Snow Leopards? (The Economist)

Tibetan Monks and Endangered Cats: A new study of the snow leopard’s habitat across the Tibetan plateau has found that Tibetan Buddhist monasteries may be better equipped than formal preservation programmes to protect the endangered cats from poaching, retaliatory killing by farmers and other deadly perils. The key is their ability to extend their influence across administrative boundaries and maintain safe space for the animals.

Challenges Follow Foxconn to Inland China (Nikkei Asian Review)

Liu Lin’s contribution at the massive Foxconn assembly plant in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, is testing cameras on Apple iPad  tablet computers, ensuring the photos meet quality standards. It is a job for which Liu, 24, received three days of training when he was hired earlier this year by the Taiwanese company also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry.

Chinese Tourists: Mind Your Manners (The Economist)

IT’S HARD being a Chinese tourist. Reviled for bad behaviour one day and ripped off by everyone from taxi drivers to pickpockets the next, China’s newly minted traveling classes are having a tough year.

The Fallen Leader’s Legacy in Dalin: Bo Xilai’s Japanese History (The Economist)

BO XILAI is no stranger to risk. He was once among China’s highest ranking officials, and if Chinese prosecutors are to be believed, he played footloose with the law for years, engaging in bribery, corruption and abuse of power. His trial ended this week and he is likely soon to be found guilty.

Bo Xilai’s Trial Ends, but Victims Unheard (Christian Science Monitor)

The corruption trial of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai, which wrapped up this week, was full of soap operatic elements – unrequited love, mistresses, large sums of cash traded for political favors, and even Mr. Bo smacking his former police chief across the face.

In the Streets of Dalin, Echoes of a Fallen Star’s Rise to Power (Christian Science Monitor)

As disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai awaits the start of his corruption trial Thursday, the northeastern port city where he first became powerful retains a defiant pride in its fallen former star mayor – a man driven to rise to the top reaches of government.  

Bo Xilai: China Trial Frowns on Rising Leader Known for Charismatic Style (Christian Science Monitor)

The trial of fallen Chinese political star Bo Xilai – the most high profile leader to fall from power in years – opened with dramatic flair on Thursday, with Mr. Bo disavowing an earlier confession, calling one witness a “mad dog,” and scoffing at his own wife’s accusations against him. 

Fake Fake Drugs from China: What’s stopping a cure for malaria? (ChinaFile/TheAtlantic)

Can the Chinese pharmaceutical industry overcome its reputation for fakes and move forward with its biggest medical innovation in decades?

Fake Drugs Flood East African Markets (The Washington Post)

Fake pharmaceuticals believed to have come from Asia have flooded Uganda and other African nations, including Tanzania, Nigeria and Congo, pushing patients back to traditional healers.

The Burden on Students: Must not try harder (The Economist)

Purges may be what political junkies are talking about, but for Chinese families the big issue recently has been homework.

One county paved the way for China easing its one-child policy (Nikkei Asian Review)

A closely guarded experiment helped convince Communist Party leaders that they could ease the country’s one-child policy without touching off a massive population boom that could disrupt the economy.