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China’s Impending Crashnew

China is on an unsustainable spending spree.
Fast Forward Weekly  |  Gwynne Dyer  |  03-16-2012  |  International

Chinese Drywall Has Screwed Thousands of South Florida Homeownersnew

"Some people indeed say that the drywall Knauf Tianjin produces is toxic," Liao says cautiously in soft Mandarin. "Everyone in the company has heard about it." In fact, this bustling factory is the epicenter of a global consumer disaster that reaches all the way to South Florida.
Miami New Times  |  Tim Elfrink  |  01-11-2010  |  Housing & Development

'Egg on Mao' Praises a Truly Brave Iconoclastnew

With the publication of Egg on Mao: The Story of an Ordinary Man Who Defaced an Icon and Unmasked a Dictatorship, Denise Chong has revived interest in the moral heroism of Lu Decheng and his friends Yu Zhijian and Yu Dongyue.
The Georgia Straight  |  Alexander Varty  |  10-19-2009  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

'Cheap' Tackles the Fraught Practice of Buying and Selling Cheap Goodsnew

For its catchy title and relatively few pages, Cheap is a weighty book. Shell reveals the dizzying connections between price and poverty, using statistics, historical accounts, and scientific and sociological explanations. She spent two years doing research, traveling to Sweden, the birthplace of IKEA, and China, "factory to the world."
The Texas Observer  |  C.B. Evans  |  09-23-2009  |  Nonfiction

'Poorly Made' Looks at China's Export Manufacturing Industrynew

Hired as a middleman for Western importers and Chinese manufacturers, Paul Midler unveils the schemes concocted by China's factory owners to make a profit from inferior goods in this investigative travelogue.
NOW Magazine  |  David Silverberg  |  09-14-2009  |  Nonfiction

The Stories in 'Woman From Shanghai' Survey Mao's Prison Systemnew

Woman From Shanghai: Tales of Survival from a Chinese Labor Camp is Xianhui Yang's first book translated into English and a record of the extremities endured by Mao Zedong's prisoners at Jiabiangou.
The Georgia Straight  |  David Chau  |  08-31-2009  |  Nonfiction

American Consumers and Growers are Left in the Dust as China Goes Organicnew

Even as demand for organic food continues to explode, organic farmers in America are getting thrown under the beet cart they helped build. The Chinese are taking over the market share, especially of vegetables and soy, thanks to several American-based multinational food corporations that have hijacked the organic bandwagon they only recently jumped onto.
Weekly Alibi  |  Ari LeVaux  |  07-07-2009  |  Food+Drink

The Titles that Axl Rose Didn't Use for GnR's Long-Delayed Albumnew

It turns out that during Rose's 17-year effort to record the album, he weighed several other different potential titles. The first batch comprised more variations on the Oriental theme, but we're guessing China wouldn't have liked them any better.
Seattle Weekly  |  Brian Miller  |  12-08-2008  |  Music

Can a D.C. Charter School Tackle the World's Toughest Language?new

Mary Shaffner, the executive director of Yu Ying Public Charter School, uses the word "trauma" when referring to the students' potential problems adjusting to school. These kids are joining the one in five people on this planet who speak Mandarin Chinese.
Washington City Paper  |  Marina Koestler Ruben  |  11-13-2008  |  Education

'Dancing in Amdo' Questions Some Basic Assumptions About Tibetnew

The first thing you'll wonder about filmmaker Carl Cimini's documentary about Tibet under Chinese rule, is, "How'd he score an interview with the Dalai Lama?"
Pittsburgh City Paper  |  Bill O'Driscoll  |  09-08-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Detained in Chinanew

An Orlando native finds himself locked up during the Olympics.
Orlando Weekly  |  Billy Manes  |  09-04-2008  |  Civil Liberties

Fired Up On the Shanghai Sizzlenew

This delicious chaos of city that's turned Mao into Mickey Mouse and trains into bullets leaves Beijing -- and Toronto -- in its dust.
NOW Magazine  |  Michael Hollett  |  08-25-2008  |  International

Shot Puts and Handjobs: It's the Olympics!new

Isn't it long past due that the Olympics included a Shark Jumping event? The whole sweaty spectacle vaulted into inconsequence years ago.
Los Angeles CityBeat  |  Jim Washburn  |  08-15-2008  |  Sports

Can the Chinese Olympics Induce the Traditional International Hug?new

I'd like to believe that the controversy that follows any Western discussion of China — be it over Tibet, Darfur, or human rights in general — can become part of the international hug that every Olympic gathering aims to be and not the central distraction (violent or otherwise) we remember from Beijing '08.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Frank Murtaugh  |  08-08-2008  |  Sports

Give Beijing a Breaknew

In the "one world, one dream" spirit of the special family-reunion feelings that fill my heart just once every four years (because the Winter Olympics are lame), I request a 16-day moratorium on China-bashing, at least where their crap environmental record is concerned.
Los Angeles CityBeat  |  Coco Tanaka  |  08-08-2008  |  Sports

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