New China Hand: Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Who wants to be a millionaire? I do! Especially the cool kind, like Mr. Xiong Shuihua in Xinyu, Jiangxi province. A self-made steel millionaire, Xiong returned to the village where … Continue reading
New China Hand: We’ve Got You Covered!
Apart from food, what’s the one type of product you’d want to be completely safe before using? Things that are life-and-death, right? Maybe you picked aeroplanes or cars or roller … Continue reading
New China Hand: Suicide is Painless
Steering away from the Occupy movement this week, the big political earthquake in Mainland China recently has been Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption movement. Encouragingly, the president is following through with his … Continue reading
New China Hand: Hong Kong! Take the Occupy Central Quiz !!!
We’ve been inundated with local and international media coverage about the civil disobedience movement in Hong Kong, including from this blog, which is supposedly about Mainland China! But how closely … Continue reading
New China Hand: In it for the Long Haul?
The news agenda has moved on only stutteringly from the Hong Kong protests. The recurring spectre of pollution in north China has reared its head again as we approach the … Continue reading
New China Hand: What Next?
We’ve seen the best and worst of Hong Kong in the last eight days. Around this time last week, we were all in shock as the police unleashed tear gas … Continue reading
New China Hand: The Elephant in the Room
For those expecting a story about an elephant: sorry to disappoint. It’s a metaphor. It’s Monday and of course NewChinaHand is replete with crazy stories from the Middle Kingdom, … Continue reading
New China Hand: All’s Well in Beijing…
Some disturbing news in the international press this week: despite being forbidden, some Beijing residents have resorted to sinking their own wells because of a serious water shortage in parts … Continue reading
New China Hand: Don’t Fence Me In!
Who doesn’t love a good themed restaurant? Exactly. Everyone likes pairing their dining experience with a bit of fantasy, or even a dollop of role-play, thrown in. From the … Continue reading
New China Hand: Placentophagy!
Placentophagy! As you can’t fail to notice this week, Hong Kong is in the grips of a crisis. The battleground is a sometimes-dirty word passed down from the ancient … Continue reading
New China Hand: China Beach Special!
China Beach Special! Soaking up the last rays of summer? You’ll want to head down to the nearest coastal resort, plonk a towel on the (golden? really?) sands and immerse … Continue reading
NewChinaHand: Guess Who’s Back?!
NEW CHINA HAND IS BACK! And let’s get straight down to it. I’m sure we’ve all fallen asleep in the job at one point, right? I slept three times … Continue reading
NewChinaHand: Fired On Air!
I’m writing to dispel the myth that there is an all-pervasive level of state censorship in China. This is because the all-pervasive SELF-censorship renders it almost unnecessary! Case-in-point: this week’s … Continue reading
NewChinaHand: Gonna Send Him to OUTER SPACE!
To fiiiiiiind another race. Hainan Island (‘China’s Hawaii’) will be taking on a much more interstellar role than simply hosting terrestrial tourists and Miss World contests this summer when China’s … Continue reading
LionRockNews: HK 7’s Rugby Tournament to Increase Birth Rate
Hong Kong’s ethnic makeup could be impacted within five years, experts say. It seems that besides the economic and cultural benefit of the world-famous rugby tournament, the territory could … Continue reading
NewChinaHand: Gender (Im)balance
Female? Aged over 27? Still not married? No boyfriend, even? You probably don’t even want to know what they’d call you in China… And by ‘they’, I don’t mean gossips, … Continue reading
NewChinaHand:Baby Hatch Closes
Sad news this week as a baby hatch in the southern city of Guangzhou was forced to close as staff were overwhelmed by the numbers of anonymously-abandoned babies. Although abandoning … Continue reading