The Chinese Dream, Denied

the chinese dream denied

The narrow alleyways of Haizhu district have long beckoned to China’s strivers, people like Xie Pan, a textile worker from a mountainous tea-growing area in central China. Home to one of the country’s biggest fabric markets, Haizhu houses worker dormitories and textile factories in brightly colored buildings stacked so close that neighbors can shake hands out their windows. Once a smattering of rural villages, the area became a manufacturing hub as China opened its economy decades ago. The government had promised to step back and let people unleash their ambitions,…

Pentagon Chief: US Faces Pivotal Years in Countering China

pentagon chief us faces pivotal years in countering china

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. —  The U.S. is at a pivotal point with China and will need military strength to ensure that American values, not Beijing’s, set global norms in the 21st century, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Saturday. Austin’s speech at the Reagan National Defense Forum capped a week in which the Pentagon was squarely focused on China’s rise and what that might mean for America’s position in the world. On Monday it released an annual China security report that warned Beijing would likely have 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035,…

Beijing, Shenzhen Scrap COVID-19 Tests for Public Transport 

beijing shenzhen scrap covid 19 tests for public transport

Beijing —  Chinese authorities on Saturday announced a further easing of COVID-19 curbs with major cities such as Shenzhen and Beijing no longer requiring negative tests to take public transport. The slight relaxation of testing requirements comes even as daily virus infections reach near-record highs, and follows weekend protests across the country by residents frustrated by the rigid enforcement of anti-virus restrictions that are now entering their fourth year, even as the rest of the world has opened up. The southern technological manufacturing center of Shenzhen said Saturday that commuters…

‘Don’t Say Gay’ Is Happening in China Too. But It Can’t Turn Back the Clock. 

dont say gay is happening in china too but it cant turn back the clock

Advertisement In August, shortly after arriving at Yale as a visiting scholar from China, I watched “Pray Away,” a documentary about the “ex-gay” movement in the United States. In a clip from an old talk show, an “ex-gay” spokesperson tells the audience, “We’re just saying that, if you want to change, there is a way to do it.” As a gay man and activist, this message was deeply familiar to me. Just days before, a mother in China had called me in distress after finding out her son was gay.…

After Fanning Covid Fears, China Must Now Try to Allay Them

after fanning covid fears china must now try to allay them

For nearly three years, the Chinese government deployed its considerable propaganda apparatus to fan fears about Covid to justify large-scale quarantines, frequent mass testing and the tracking of more than a billion people. As the authorities now shift their approach to the pandemic, they face the task of downplaying those fears. Until the past week, during which there were rallies voicing extraordinary public opposition to the stringent “zero Covid” rules, government officials and state media were still emphasizing the most ominous medical news about the pandemic. There were countless stories…

China Eases Some COVID Restrictions Following Protests

china eases some covid restrictions following protests

Days after protests erupted in China over the country’s strict zero-COVID policy, there are signs the government is beginning to ease its testing requirements and quarantine rules in some cities, but it is unclear whether the measures will go far enough to appease those who have been in lockdown for so long. Some called for more protests in China this weekend, but it remains to be seen if people will take to the streets like they did last weekend, when demonstrations broke out in more than 20 cities in a…

US Designates Iran, China as Countries of Concern Over Religious Freedom

us designates iran china as countries of concern over religious freedom

WASHINGTON —  The United States on Friday designated China, Iran and Russia, among others, as countries of particular concern under the Religious Freedom Act over severe violations, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. In a statement, Blinken said those designated as countries of particular concern, which also include North Korea and Myanmar, engaged in or tolerated severe violations of religious freedom. Algeria, the Central African Republic, Comoros and Vietnam were placed on the watch list. Several groups, including the Kremlin-aligned Wagner Group, a private paramilitary organization that is active…

Nostalgia, castigation greet Jiang Zemin’s passing on Twitter

nostalgia castigation greet jiang zemins passing on twitter

The death of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin on Nov. 29, 18 years after his retirement from top leadership positions, evoked responses ranging from nostalgia for the rapid economic growth, bold reforms and relative openness of his years in power to denunciations for human rights abuses on his watch. Radio Free Asia sampled and translated comments on Twitter and other social media, including tweets sent in reply to a request for thoughts on the 96-year-old Jiang’s legacy. Twitter and other U.S. media platforms are blocked in China but some people…

The Chronic Illness Debate Is More Mainstream — But Still Mysterious

the chronic illness debate is more mainstream but still mysterious

But the stereotype of people refusing to accept a mental health diagnosis seems like an odd fit for contemporary American society. From our ever increasing rates of antidepressant prescriptions to our therapeutic style of spirituality, neither our medical system nor our culture writ large seems meaningfully resistant to psychiatric diagnoses or mind-body treatments. If anything, the medical system’s bias often runs the other way: If your blood tests come back negative or your symptoms don’t yield a simple diagnosis, you’re very likely to be told to consider seeing a mental…