Foreigners At The Gates

As China grapples with rising nationalism and an influx of foreign residents, the country's long and contradictory relationship with outsiders is coming to the fore—and it's turning ugly.

Big Brother Beijing

For a media specialist, Guo Ke doesn't watch much TV these days. The dean of the journalism school at Shanghai International Studies University is too worried about the impact of popular shows on his 12-year-old daughter.

China's Bizarre Energy-Saving Measures

Shortages of diesel at gas stations, factories forced to suspend production, homes left without electricity. Hard to imagine that these could be the results of a government campaign, but that's recently been the case in some parts of China.

Jockeying Under Way for China's Top Political Posts

As Beijing moves closer to a handover of power to a new generation of political leaders in 2012, jockeying for influence between rival factions is becoming more evident, with sometimes unexpected results. The annual meeting of the Communist Party Central Committee gave a major boost to current Vice President Xi Jinping's chances of succeeding President Hu Jintao, by electing Xi deputy chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission.

The End of China's Cheap Labor?

As a wave of strikes at Honda and protests over worker suicides at Foxconn led the firms—two of China's major foreign manufacturers—to offer workers significant pay raises, China watchers are wondering whether the country is facing the end of cheap labor.

Pursuing a Liberal Arts Education in China

Like many top students in Chinese high schools, Chen Yongfang dreamed of attending college in the United States. But unlike many of his classmates at Shanghai's Foreign Languages High School, Chen did not set his sights on Harvard, Yale, or any of the other Ivy League schools or big research universities long coveted by the Chinese.

China Learns to Love Its Animators

It's the kind of scene that only a few years ago would have terrified the Chinese authorities. In the eastern city of Hangzhou, two men dressed like Japanese cartoon characters—with spiky white hair and wearing black leather—fight each other with giant swords for the affections of a pouting young woman in a yellow wig and a miniskirt.

TRIBUTE TO A LIFE OF CLAY

As a former peasant who grew up in a traditional northern Chinese cave house, Xu Dufeng has always had close links to the soil. At the beginning of China's economic reforms in the 1980s, Xu would dig raw clay from the ground in the mountains near his home village and load it onto the back of his three-wheeled tractor.

ONE BILLION COUCH POTATOES

Chairman Mao's portrait still decorates many households in Yaoli, a former communist guerilla base in China's Jiangxi province. But what mesmerizes the people these days is television.