Monthly Archives: April 2011

Sit on the cold floor

Southern Metropolis Daily reported today on the use of detention centres by village governments in Jiangsu province. The centres are used to imprison petitioners, violators of the one child policy, as well as who refuse to consent to forced demolitions. … Continue reading

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Suzhou strawberry cancelled: lightening or crackdown?

Just heard that Suzhou’s Strawberry Music Festival, planned for this weekend, has been cancelled. The ticketing office confirmed to me that the festival will not go ahead, saying they were told the news at around 1pm today, but didn’t know … Continue reading

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Rejoice! Xizhimen gets a repair

Department of Yay: For all those who have experienced the marathon-like transition between line 2 and line 13 of the Beijing subway at Xizhimen  (西直门) station. Beijing papers reported today that a new underground path is in construction which should … Continue reading

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Arguments about mental health law in China Youth Daily

China Youth Daily reported today on disputes over China’s  new mental health law, set to come out later this year. The piece is quite frank about how under the current law, dating from 1985, powers to forcibly section those suffering … Continue reading

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Tombstones and Knives

This week’s issue of Southern Weekly (南都周刊) has a long profile of Yang Jisheng, disenchanted Xinhua journalist and editor of Annals of the Yellow Emperor, a reformist political magazine (which manages to avoid censorship by focusing reassessments of historical figures). … Continue reading

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The Anhuiness of a streetside bike repairman

Roadside bicycle repairmen are easily found in Beijing (as far as I can confirm, there are no women doing this job). Their services are cheap, tyre inflation is generally offered for free, puncture fixes are about 3RMB and new bearings … Continue reading

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Migrant priests, middle-class converts: Beijing’s oldest Catholic cathedral

Beijing’s oldest Catholic cathedral, in Xuanwumen, was destroyed during the boxer uprising but and was rebuilt in its present Romanesque form in 1904. It’s now surrounded by office buildings and stands opposite a large luxury shopping mall, where the jewelry … Continue reading

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