July 12, 2008 |
BEIJING -- The blockbuster success of an American animated movie that's set in ancient China , highlights Chinese culture, mythology and architecture and stars a kung fu fighting panda has filmmakers and ordinary Chinese wondering: Why wasn't this hit made . . . in China? "Kung Fu Panda" follows a slacker panda named Po, who works in his father's noodle shop and eventually fulfills his dream of becoming a kung fu fighter, and features the voices of Hollywood stars Jack Black and Angelina Jolie.
October 29, 2009 |
BEIJING -- Shen Baohou, 72, who once worked for a hydropower station in Sichuan province, has a serious heart problem, and he -- and his children -- are paying for it dearly. Doctors have operated twice on Shen to implant stents at a cost of more than $15,000, about five times China's per capita income. Under China's health-care system, the government pays 60 percent of his hospital expenses and virtually nothing for the medications and oxygen he has needed since. "I am retired and have little pension...
June 7, 2009 |
On June 14, 1989, I was in the Associated Press bureau in Beijing. I had just filed a story about the reopening of the U.S. Embassy in China's capital. As the sun streamed through the office's grubby windows, the phone rang. "This is the police in charge of resident foreigners in China," a male voice on the other end announced. "Are you Pan Aiwen?" He was using my Chinese name. "Yes," I replied. "You are ordered to appear at our bureau immediately," he said. Click. Three days later, I was on a plane...
April 16, 2008
IN THE DEBATE over Tibet and the Olympic torch, a great deal has been said and written about what the Chinese people believe. Pundits inform us that the Chinese people want their government to crack down harder on Tibetan protesters. The delicate -- and, apparently, fairly uniform -- views of the Chinese people are cited as arguments against boycotts or other actions that might hurt the Chinese people's feelings. "It's also an issue of the Chinese people, who are very invested in the Olympics, who see it as a coming of age for China," national...
May 25, 2008 |
LIFE AND DEATH ARE WEARING ME OUT By Mo Yan Translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt Arcade. 540 pp. $29.95 To encompass the ideological insanity of Mao Zedong's policies and the unimaginable horrors he inflicted on the Chinese people requires a boldly unconventional style. That need has been filled by this wild man of Chinese fiction: Mo Yan -- a pseudonymic phrase meaning "Don't speak. " Over the last 20 years, Mo Yan has been writing brutally vibrant stories about rural life in China that flout official Party...
April 9, 2008 |
I was born in Shanghai in 1961 and grew up during the Cultural Revolution. During my childhood, I saw my family lose our house. My grandfather, who studied medicine in England, committed suicide after he was wrongly accused of being a counterrevolutionary and a foreign spy. Those were the worst of times. Since the Cultural Revolution ended in the late 1970s, however, I have witnessed unimaginable progress in China. Changes that few ever thought possible have occurred in a single generation.