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May 22, 2001

China's shifting sands close in on Beijing

BEIJING — Mother Nature has got it in for Wang Yongxian. In 1988, the farmer fled his hillside cave when flooding triggered landslides on Dragon Treasure Mountain, 70 km north of Beijing. Forced to abandon their traditional cave homes, Wang and neighbors moved down ...

Nov 1, 2000

The rising price of knowledge

BEIJING — It should have been party time on the bright summer day 18-year-old Li Junliang was accepted by prestigious Beijing University. Fewer than one in 10 of China’s students secure places at any of the country’s crowded colleges and universities, let alone the ...

Sep 14, 2000

Bruised flowers: China's hidden army of child laborers

BEIJING — Hu Changjun was desperate to escape the poverty trap in Wuxi County in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. So she couldn’t believe her luck when a fellow villager named Changyan offered her work at a joint-venture factory in distant Beijing. “A joint venture ...

Jun 28, 2000

China's Korean War POWs find you can't go home again

BEIJING — In a hotel room in the Yangtze River port of Wuhan, a dozen elderly Chinese men fight back tears to sing a song written almost 50 years ago in a U.S. prisoner-of-war camp in South Korea. At the end of the song, ...

Jan 26, 2000

Watching the world go by: portrait of a centenarian

When she was in her 70s, Xing Guizhen brushed aside the idea of false teeth. “There’s no need,” she declared. “I’m going to die in a few days.” When she was in her 80s, she rejected her duaghter’s urgings again, for the same reason. ...

Jan 26, 2000

China's gray peril

BEIJING — Xue Aiying, a 65-year-old retired worker from Nanjing, used to go to Bailuzhou Park every morning to practice Falun Gong before the sect was outlawed in July last year. “I didn’t know what to do with myself after I retired,” she explains. ...