I’m going to try something slightly different with this week’s Top Stories. Instead of creating a summary of the most important events, I’ll link to the best articles published this week about China. If you prefer this format or the other please let me know in the comments. -Tom
- Why many in China sympathize with Occupy Wallstreet – a great article from the Atlantic looking at differences between rural and urban residents.
- China’s Fox News – Christina Larson of Foreign Policy gives her take on the Global Times and journalism in China. Which was followed up by The top 10 screeds in China’s Global Times. Global Times fired back with Foreign Policy’s limited view of Chinese media.
- Chinese police take on ‘lost generation’ grandparents – Malcom Moore at The Telegraph looks at the ongoing legal battle involving petitioners who left Shanghai in the 60’s to settle Xinjiang, only to find themselves stuck in the desert.
- The China conundrum – from the New York Times and the Chronicle, explores the challenges that are arising as colleges admit more students from China. The piece is sure to spark debate, as it clearly demonstrates that many Chinese students are lying to get admitted to US schools, and are responsible for lowering the quality of some institutions.
- Wen Jiabao reveals family was persecuted under Mao – A shorter piece from the Telegraph looking at possible motives behind Wen’s increasingly vocal calls for political reform.
- Tibetans’ self-immolations lead China to crack down harder– Tom Lasseter at McClatchy sits down with a Tibetan herder and discusses the growing discontent in China’s Tibetan regions. In another story, it was made clear that the Confucius Institute is asking US universities to ignore the Tibet issue in exchange for funding.
- China’s great gender crisis – Tania Branigan at the Guardian takes a closer look at the problems caused by China’s traditional preference for sons, and how that preference is starting to change.
If you found a great story that I missed this week, please share it in the comment section below.