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New islands are being made in the disputed South China Sea by the might of the Chinese state. But a group of marooned Filipinos on a rusting wreck is trying to stand in the way.
Great series with videos and images! This is an amazing undertaking by the Chinese in building up reefs and other formations under the South China Sea into new man-made islands that can be used, in part, for military purposes.
WHEN China eased its one-child policy late last year, investors bet on a surge in demand for everything from pianos to nappies. They, and government officials foresaw a mini-boom after long-constrained parents were allowed a second go at making babies.".
"The massacre of 29 people in Kunming this month is related to Xinjiang, a province where the relations between the Han Chinese and Uyghur are more tense than ever."
This article discusses current problems of violence and segregation among Han Chinese and the Uyghurs discussed in class.
"Much has been made of how China recently eased restrictions on having children. Under the old rules, if a couple wanted to have a second child, both husband and wife needed to be the only offspring of their parents. Under the new rules, a second child could be allowed if just one of its potential parents was an only-child. The change impacts about 20 million Chinese. You'd imagine after decades of restrictions, many of them would jump at the chance to have a second child, right?"
The cost of doing business in China has been rising steadily, say companies that have returned to Mexico.
What goes around, comes almost back around. At least these jobs are getting closer to possibly returning to the US.
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Chinese women turn to hiring 'fake boyfriends' to make the holidays more bearable.
One part of the largest human migration event on the planet that takes place during Chinese New Year is for millions of Chinese to go "home" for the holiday to see their families. For young women, the parents are hopeful that their daughters have found a potential husband. For those who don't have that special someone yet, they can rent a fake boyfriend to take with them to meet the folks.
A map on page 8 of the new passport shows disputed territory and islands, not to mention Taiwan, as part of China.
According to several other Asian countries, China included some areas on its new map printed in its passports that don't belong to China. A marked up image in the article shows the approximate territories in dispute and discusses what the other countries are doing in response to have some of their lands "taken".
Hard Luck, Hard Work Tales Of Forced Migrants Of China's Three Gorges Dam @Worldcrunch
This story tells of the mixed experiences of some of the 1 million plus Chinese who were forcibly migrated to new homes to make way for the Three Gorges Dam project over ten years ago. Some have yet to make a decent life, while others have used an entrepreneurial spirit to keep trying new things and making their own new lives.
China And India: The Tortoise And Hare And The Real Weight Of Demographics @Worldcrunch Worldcrunch - Great stories from the world's best news sources
This is a great story comparing China and India, including their populations but also their population structures and how the differences may allow India to surpass China in numbers, as well as economically. There is also a mention of Japan and how their aging and shrinking population has caused them to drop out of the number two spot in the global economy.
As China's economy has grown, the way of life for many Chinese has changed, especially diet. Per capita, consumption of meat has quadrupled in China over the last 30 years.
What does this do to global food demand, especially meat prices around the world, when countries begin to have an increase in their standards of living?
Sacred sites versus land scarcity. China has a policy regarding non-burial of the dead in favor of cremation to preserve the land for the living and production. Other countries have similar customs, with a high rate of cremation, compared to the US, for example, due to land scarcity. Some are taking exception to 'tomb flattening' - disposing of tombs and graveyards already in existence to make way for farmable land.
The growth of China's massive population has slowed in recent years, but migration to urban areas has increased, with almost half of China's 1.3 billion people living in or near cities. A booming economy, government housing initiatives, infrastructure programs, and private real estate speculation have all driven construction to record levels. New apartment, office, and government buildings regularly rise up over older neighborhoods, and thousands have relocated to modern housing complexes. The blend of old and new Chinese architecture is ever-present in cities and villages, as older buildings are torn down and newer ones built at ever faster rates.-The Atlantic
Out with the old, in with the new! These are great photographs of China's new architectural style that is rapidly replacing its traditional one, making room for its millions who are constantly flocking towards urban life and the hope of opportunity - if they can afford it.-AA
BEIJING (AP) — A government think tank is urging Chinese leaders to start phasing out China's one-child policy immediately and allow two children for every family by 2015, a daring proposal to do away with the unpopular policy.
In a move to correct some of the problems created by this policy, there is consideration suggested to move in this direction to alleviate the gender gap. But will it take too long before these kinds of measures will create results?
Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year in the world's largest human migration.
I've posted in the past about this documentary which portrays the The cultural importance of New Year's in China and the massive corresponding migratory shifts that take place. What is new is that the 85 minute documentary is now available online. "Last Train Home takes viewers on a heart-stopping journey with the Zhangs, a couple who left infant children behind for factory jobs 16 years ago, hoping their wages would lift their children to a better life. They return to a family growing distant and a daughter longing to leave school for unskilled work. As the Zhangs navigate their new world, Last Train Home paints a rich, human portrait of China's rush to economic development."
Tags: China, EastAsia, migration, development, labor, development, transportation, unit 2 population.
Starbucks And China's Temples: Burned By The Higher Calling Of Commerce - Worldcrunch. com.
Is globalization crossing the lines of the sanctity of cultural respect when businesses overlap with religion or places with historical significance? Is this commodification? Or what's wrong with having a little frappacino while meditating?