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San Francisco’s Old Chinatown: Reborn Through Photos

San Francisco’s Old Chinatown: Reborn Through Photos

San Francisco’s original China Town was shattered by a devastating earthquake in 1906, but its sights have risen from the ashes through the photographs of Arnold Genthe. This German immigrant traveled to San Francisco during the 1800s and immediately fell in love with China Town. He decided to capture the essence of the cultural hub […]

40 Years After the Former Premier’s Death: Remembering Zhou Enlai through Photos

40 Years After the Former Premier’s Death: Remembering Zhou Enlai through Photos

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the death of China’s first premier Zhao Enlai. Zhou is remembered in Chinese history as one of Chairman Mao Zedong’s most trusted lieutenants, and his right-hand man. He also is recognized for saving lives without being purged during the Cultural Revolution, which coincided with the height of Mao’s […]

Giant, Gold Statue of Mao Appears on Chinese Countryside

Giant, Gold Statue of Mao Appears on Chinese Countryside

A giant statue of Communist leader Mao Zedong has been erected at the same Chinese province where his policies led to famine in the 1950s. The 37-metre-high statue is painted gold and it sits on farmland in Tongxu county, Henan Province. The project was made possible by local businessmen who paid nearly 3 million Yuan […]

Dissident Wang Lixiong Banned from Leaving China

Dissident Wang Lixiong Banned from Leaving China

Dissident Wang Lixiong Banned from Leaving China Chinese authorities have barred dissident writer and activist Wang Lixiong from leaving the country on grounds that his exit would “damage national security.” The 62-year-old was stopped from boarding a plane at Beigjing’s Capital International Airport on Saturday. He confirmed his detention on Tuesday to Radio Free Asia […]

Humanitarian Elsie Tu Dies at 102

Humanitarian Elsie Tu Dies at 102

Justice for the People Those are the words that renowned humanitarian Elsie Tu lived by up until her death on Dec. 8, 2015 at the age of 102. This Englishwoman arrived in the colony of Hong Kong in 1951 as Elsie Elliot to support her husband, a missionary named Bill Elliot. But she soon wanted […]

Bi-partisan Committee Urges State Department to Issue Travel Advisory for China After Detention of Houston Woman

Bi-partisan Committee Urges State Department to Issue Travel Advisory for China After Detention of Houston Woman

A congressional committee is urging Secretary of State John Kerry to issue a travel advisory for China, saying the case of a Houston woman detained there since March without clear charges is “deeply troubling.” Sandy Phan-Gillis, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Chinese ethnicity, visited China in March along with a trade delegation that included Houston’s […]

China Ends One-Child Policy

China Ends One-Child Policy

The Chinese Communist Party now will allow all families to have up to two children eliminating a policy that barred several rural couples from having more than one child for more than three decades. The state-run Xinhua news agency broadcasted the announcement made by the party’s Central Committee on Thursday. “I have looked forward to […]

When Music and Ritual Ruled Chinese Society

When Music and Ritual Ruled Chinese Society

While analyzing China’s one-party Communist state where cultural and spiritual repression is enforced by official policing agencies and backed by the government’s propaganda mouthpieces, it’s important to remember that the arts were once pillars of Chinese society cultivated through thousands of years. One of the five great Chinese scholarly works is considered to be the […]

Chinese Ambassador Says Ai Weiwei “not my taste”

Chinese Ambassador Says Ai Weiwei “not my taste”

China’s ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming has told BBC’s Andrew Marr that the art work of renowned Chinese activist Ai Weiwei is “not my taste.” During the interview in which Marr probed Liu about China’s human rights record ahead of President Xi Jinping’s visit to the U.K., the ambassador said Ai is only famous for […]

The First President of China

The First President of China

On the 10th of October, in the year 1913, Yuan Shikai was installed as the first president of China. It was done against the wishes of Sun Yat Sen, who is considered by many to be the father of modern China, but with his political maneuvering was able to make it so with the coerced […]

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