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[ By | 22 Jun 2009 | One Comment ]
The Children’s Palace

Youth learning centers allow elementary school-age students to excel in China’s educational sweepstakes.

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[ By | 22 Jun 2009 | One Comment ]
Reporting on sexual health in China, or how to embarrass an interpreter

Taking private matters public presents challenges for sex education in China.

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[ By | 13 Jun 2009 | No Comment ]
An NGO’s mission to combat domestic violence

Thirty-five percent of married women in China have experienced domestic violence, making it one of the most serious problems facing China today. An NGO nestled in a handful of cramped offices in Beijing has made fixing domestic abuse their mission.

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[ By | 13 Jun 2009 | One Comment ]
Beijing gets its groove on

Zhong Guan Cun Square is the place where Beijingers come to dance, roller-blade, or just people-watch, all to vibrant new urban rhythms. Whether people are working to perfect their moves or simply being adventurous and taking a tumble in stride, they suggest exuberant new lifestyles that were absence in China not all that many years ago. And whether line dancing or boldly ballroom, the citizens of Beijing now makes their picks strictly according to personal preference – and to help reduce the stresses and strains of big city life.

business, dawn jones-garcia's travel blog, featured, mike melanson's travel blog, society & culture »

[ By | 13 Jun 2009 | 2 Comments ]
Mission impossible? Using tourism to close the rural-urban gap

The village of Nuanxuan is just a three-hour bus ride to the west of sprawling, modern Beijing. Uneven dirt roads swallow tires whole after a good rain, laundry is hand-washed in a concrete reservoir in the center of town and bright storefront billboards starkly contrast with the sharp odors wafting from 300-year-old outhouses across the way.

But according to Zhang Wenbo, the town’s mayor, Nuanxuan is on its way up in the world. In late 2005, the town was one of 85 across China . . . .

featured, kelly west's travel blog »

[ By | 8 Jun 2009 | One Comment ]
Beijing musicians: Not so far from home

East Gulou Road in central Beijing is the place to find struggling musicians.

caitlin meredith's travel blog, featured, international, society & culture »

[ By | 5 Jun 2009 | 2 Comments ]
Chinese citizens react coolly to swine flu as Beijing sweats foreign visitors

“This H1N1 virus isn’t really a big threat,” said Yang Li Na, a young Beijing mother. Compared to neighboring Japan and Taiwan, where many residents wear facemasks in public and school trips have been cancelled, the Chinese public reaction to the H1N1 epidemic is decidedly relaxed. The Chinese government has been criticized internationally for an over-zealous quarantine-and-shame response to the H1N1 epidemic, yet Yang has been comforted by officials’ much-publicized efforts to contain the spread. . . .

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[ By | 5 Jun 2009 | One Comment ]
Shanghai surprise: All aboard the quarantine express

It was May 29, and my plane, American Airlines Flight 289, had just landed in Shanghai. I was eager to breathe fresh air, but the Chinese government had other plans. About a dozen public health officials in white biohazard suits, facemasks and plastic goggles boarded the plane, scanning passengers’ foreheads with thermometer guns.

My headshot confirmed that I was fever-free. But when seven officials began crowding around a passenger two rows ahead of me, I mumbled to no one in particular: “I’ve got a bad feeling about this. . . .”