William Wan

For William Wan's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

China's workers leave kids in country

Dec 31, 2013

China's workers leave kids in country

Regulars of the Jianba barbershop in the southern Chinese city of Zhuzhou recently found it shuttered, with a curious note taped to the door. Dear customers: I got a call from my daughter yesterday. I have been away from her so long she doesn’t ...

Witnesses reluctant to talk about Tiananmen

Jun 4, 2013

Witnesses reluctant to talk about Tiananmen

From a young age, Qi Zhiyong’s daughter asked him how he lost his leg. To everyone else in the world, Qi always responded to the question with an unflinching, often angry, answer: He lost his left leg when soldiers fired on him and other ...

May 16, 2013

TV show gives peek into world of Chinese porn censors

In the annals of bizarre bureaucratic desk jobs, the Chinese government may have all others beat. Officials in charge of censoring pornography for the southern province of Hunan gave a rare and revealing peek into the strange (and quite possibly libido-numbing) demands of their ...