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The Story of My Father

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1 My father was born into an ordinary peasant family in Chaozhong village, Zhongjiang County, Sichuan Province. It was said that my grandmother had given...




  • An octogenarian grandmother gets up on a pile of rocks in her bare feet to give a speech against the corruption of the village secretary, at a villagers' meeting of Taishi Village on July 31, 2005 in Guangzhou of Guangdong Province. Ma Qiang argues that such abuses of power are common. (China Photos/Getty Images)

    Chinese Filmmaker: Life in China is More Brutal Than Any Screenwriter’s Imagination

    Ma Qiang is a Chinese independent film and documentary director. This is an abridged translation of his most recent article, originally published in the online journal... Read more

  • Yu Huan (right), the son of Su Yinxia (left), was recently sentenced to life in prison after he killed a man who sexually attacked her, in part because the police refused to intervene. The incident took place last year, and has captivated the Chinese public. (Weibo.com)

    When the Law in China is Used to Humiliate, Not Protect

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  • School children leave their elementary school in Beijing on March 13, 2012.
 The plight of a Chinese father, posted online recently, resonated with an economically disenfranchised public.
 (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

    ‘Goodbye, Beijing!’: Heartfelt Message by Young Scientist Makes China Reflect

    The following article is an answer to the question “Have Beijing’s overly high housing prices destroyed the young generation’s creativity and passion?” The question was... Read more

  • A policeman stands guard in front of a giant portrait of the late chairman Mao Zedong at the Tiananmen Square in 2013 in Beijing, China. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

    In China, 8-Year-Old Kids Could Be Tried for Insulting Chairman Mao

    “People who harm the name, portrait, reputation and honor of heroes and martyrs” will be held accountable, reported China’s Communist Party-run Xinhua News Agency on... Read more

  • A newspaper vendor talks to customers at her booth on a street in Shanghai on Jan. 8, 2013.  (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

    China’s Battered Journalists Discuss Truth Seeking and Curiosity in Modern China

    The following is an abridged translation of a recent lament about the status of truth and truth-seeking in contemporary China that went viral in late... Read more

  • The Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on Nov. 12, 2013. The Communist Party relies on a complex network of social monitoring and surveillance to restrain citizens, says blogger Ma Qing. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

    Silence in the Face of Tyranny

    In a Feb. 9, 2017 essay in Beijing Spring, Ma Qing, a blogger and internet activist in China, reflects on the thick network of social... Read more

  • Wang Haitao, chief of economics at The Beijing News, reflected on two kinds of injury to the Chinese people in a Jan. 25, 2017 blog post. (Wang Haitao)

    Chinese More Concerned With Personal Safety at Home, Not Defending ‘National Feelings’ Abroad

    Wang Haitao, head of the economics department at The Beijing News, compares the Chinese regime’s attitude toward two different kinds of injury of its citizens... Read more

  • Chinese residents protest outside the hotel where authorities held a press conference in Tianjin, after a massive chemical explosion there, on Aug. 17, 2015. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

    China in Translation: What It’s Like to be a Member of the Middle Class in China

    The following is a translation of one of the last posts made by the internet denizen “The Year 1874” (@公元1874), a well-known user of Sina... Read more

  • Shen Yun dancers perform a classical Chinese dance number. (Courtesy of Shen Yun Performing Arts)

    Dance Company Independent of Beijing Seeks to Open Doors in Hong Kong

    A resounding gong is struck, and the stage curtains lift to scenes from the heavens. For the next three hours, theatergoers experience the essence of... Read more

  • An example of a toy gun that may be considered a real gun in China, and lead to prison time for the possessor. (Weibo.com)

    Think America’s Gun Laws Are Odd? Consider China’s

    The following is a translation of a Jan. 6 column by Pan Xiaotao (潘小濤) in Apple Daily, a Hong Kong tabloid, about China’s arbitrary laws... Read more

  • A woman wearing a mask practices roller blading at Olympic Park during heavy smog in Beijing, China, on Dec. 1, 2015. The representatives of the governments of more than 190 countries are meeting in Paris this week, including Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the Paris meeting. (Li Feng/Getty Images)

    ‘This is a Country of Cowards’: A Chinese Mother’s Complaint About Smog that Went Viral

    The following is a direct translation of a personal account written by the WeChat user yashalong2000, which went viral in China, describing the frustrations and... Read more

  • Mao Zedong's portrait in Tiananmen Square on Mar. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    Chinese Professor Fired for Anti-Mao Remarks

    A Chinese professor was removed from his job after criticizing founding Chinese Communist Party chairman Mao Zedong on what would have been the dictator’s 123rd birthday. Deng... Read more

  • 1.6 million people in China die every year because of air pollution, so many people protect themselves using face masks. (AOL Screenshot)

    This Designer Turns Running Shoes Into Smog Masks (Video)

    Beijing-based designer Zhijun Wang makes antipollution masks by re-purposing running shoes. So, smog masks just got more fashionable.  The evolution of smog masks can seem... Read more

  • Chinese people wearing masks for protection against pollution walk at Ritan Park shrouded by heavy smog in Beijing, on Dec. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    North China Cities Choked by Smog Shut Factories, Stop Cars

    BEIJING—Engulfed in choking smog, some northern Chinese cities limited the number of cars on roads and temporarily shut down factories Monday to reduce air pollution... Read more

  • Over 6,300 Falun Gong practitioners form an emblem of Falun Gong and the Chinese characters, truthfulness, compassion and forbearance at the Liberty Square in Taipei on Nov. 26, 2016. (Chen Po-chou/Epoch Times)

    Over 6,000 Gather in Taiwan to Form Emblem of Falun Gong

    TAIPEI, Taiwan—After two days of intensive labor and preparation, a huge symbol appeared center stage at Taiwan’s Liberty Square, named for its role in the island’s transition... Read more

  • Fu Xinuo, a Chinese child made deaf due to unsafe medication, gives a warning  in September about unsafe medication in China that is harming tens of thousands of children annually. (CCTV.com)

    Tens of Thousands of Children in China Go Deaf Annually Due to Unsafe Drugs

    In a public announcement, China’s state-run television CCTV has a simple message to parents: children are not miniatures of adults when it comes to taking... Read more

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