• Marriage in China

    China’s Great Dream

    Beijing’s new communist party boss, Xi Jinping is inspiring his countrymen with talk of a Chinese renaissance.
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    Buddhas in Danger

    Among china’s greatest art treasures are the Buddhist caves near Dunhuang, an oasis on the fabled Silk Road that once linked China and Europe. Their ancient frescoes, sculptures, and other relics date as far back as A.D. 430 and have survived wars, environmental damage, antiquities hunters, and the chaotic Cultural Revolution. But their biggest threat today is tourism.
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    Follow the Leader

    “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun,” Mao Zedong once famously said. Though China’s post-Mao leaders have struggled to keep the military brass under tight civilian control, in recent months, as factions have divided the leadership of the Communist Party, political rivals have vied for military support. This year, many in China have taken a more hawkish stance on the maritime disputes that have flared between China and its neighbors over the South China Sea and a set of islands farther north known as the Diaoyu in Chinese, or in Japanese, the Senkakus. Some analysts see a link between rising nationalistic fervor and China’s once-in-a-decade political transition, which begins in early November when heir apparent Xi Jinping is expected to take over the party’s top post from President Hu Jintao. A lingering question, however, is whether Hu will also relinquish the chairmanship of the party’s 12-member commission that controls the Chinese Army. As one theory goes, Beijing’s...
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    Revolutionary Snark

    Nobel winner Mo Yan and the magical realism of China's micro-blogging platform Weibo. By Melinda Liu.
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    China's New Shangri-La

    The City of Dali is a traveler’s Dream: a taste of old China in an idyllic setting. But is it destined to be ruined by tourism?
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    Portrait of the Gulag

    Artist Ai WeiWei is freed. But China continues its harshest crackdown on political dissidents in decades.
  • The Politics of Reincarnation

    It’s probably best not to even try making sense of Beijing’s pronouncements on the 14th Dalai Lama and other Tibetan spiritual leaders: you’ll only make your head hurt. Last week the officially atheist Chinese government’s State Administration for Religious Affairs disclosed plans to enact a new law forbidding the 75-year-old Buddhist deity to be reborn anywhere but on Chinese-controlled soil, and giving final say to Chinese authorities when the time comes to identify his 15th incarnation.
  • China Censors Egypt Coverage

    Parallels between Tahrir Square in 2011 and Tiananmen Square in 1989 haven’t been lost on China’s media censors. Last week two of the nation’s biggest Internet portals, Sina.com and NetEase.com, blocked keyword searches of the word “Egypt.” So did Weibo, China’s Twitter equivalent. (China’s Great Firewall already blocks access to the real Twitter, as well as Facebook and YouTube.) The party warned that websites refusing to censor comments about Egypt would be “shut down by force.”
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    Amy Chua's 'Chinese Mom' Controversy: The Response in China

    "Chinese moms" in China aren’t raising superior kids, actually. U.S. author Amy Chua’s book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother"—and The Wall Street Journal extract of her memoir headlined "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior"—has sparked huge debate inside China.
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    China Gets a High-Profile First Lady

    Hu Jintao’s wife is, by many accounts, stern but low-key, the latest in a long line of near-invisible first ladies of China. Since the death of Mao’s wife, Jiang Qing, a Shanghai actress who became notorious for her brutal part in the Cultural Revolution, the wives of Chinese leaders have been conspicuously absent from the public stage. But that’s all about to change.