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Lijia Macleod

For Lijia Macleod's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

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 ...

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. ...