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Questions about a baoan (after Barthelme)

How long has the baoan been at his post? Does the baoan have a slight ache in his jaw? Where does the baoan put the cloth after he’s washed his feet? Does the baoan remember his dreams? Last night, did … Continue reading

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Guest blogging on Asian Correspondent

There will be a bit less posting here for a while, as I’m writing some similar things for Topics covered so far: Skyscrapers and cigarette lighters. Posts can be found at or point your rss reader at:

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Two ways to out-earn a Chinese graduate

Millions of Chinese students who sat the university entrance exam last week might have been better off staying home. University graduates in Beijing earn on average 1000 Yuan a month less than delivery workers, while truck drivers in Tianjin can … Continue reading

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Hidden Beijings 2: Factory Boss

The April 25 clothing factory fire in Jiugong, in the south of Beijing, made the New York Times, but there wasn’t much sense of the people behind the clothing industry. Last Week, Southern Weekly ran a profile of a former … Continue reading

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Two Hidden Beijings

New census figures show that migrants make up a third of Beijing’s population, but it’s still rare to see an in-depth investigation into the lives of the city’s different migrant communities. Two features in two Chinese magazines published last week … Continue reading

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Booze and vegetables in an Audi A8

Southern Weekend has two reports on the healthy and not-so-healthy consumption habits of Chinese politicians. The first exposes a secret vegetable farm in Beijng’s Northeastern Shunyi district, which has supplied organic produce to Beijing’s customs department for more than 10 … Continue reading

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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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