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From Half the Sky to ‘Leftovers’

The three-plus decades since the inception of the ‘one child’ policy have resulted in a huge female shortage in China. The country is now seriously unbalanced, with 18 million more boys than girls. By 2020, there will be some 30 million surplus men in China, a condition some demographers call—in all seriousness—a male bulge. The laws of sup [...] Read more ...

via Chinafile
24 Apr 2014

Kowloon Walled City

The Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong was the densest place on the planet before it was torn down 20 years ago. In this Wall Street Journal interactive, you can meet former residents including a triad and a fishball maker, take a walk inside using a map as a guide, explore the city's seamy underbelly through firsthand accounts of criminal activity, [...] Read more ...

via Wsj
24 Apr 2014

Beijing’s Subway Stops, Literally Translated

Earlier this month, a map of Hong Kong’s MTR system with stations’ Chinese names literally translated into English made the rounds on the Internet. It also got us at China Real Time wondering about the literal translations of Beijing's subway stations. Read more ...

via Wsj
24 Apr 2014

China challenges Obama over Senkakus

The territorial dispute over the islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China is casting a shadow over the US president's visit to Japan. Barack Obama is treading a fine line between supporting Japan and angering China. Read more ...

via Ft
24 Apr 2014

Air pollution policymaking and social media in Beijing, 2011-2013

This article is by Johan van de Ven, whose undergraduate dissertation at Oxford University examined the effects of factors such as environmental movements, diplomacy and social media on air pollution policy-making in China. In a study conducted from June to December 2013, I quantitatively and qualitatively examined a variety of social media and ma [...] Read more ...

via Danwei
24 Apr 2014