China On The Brink - development en When Fuel Prices Rise in the Land of Production <p><i>Editor's Note: Excerpts from this story appear in the August 2008 edition of the <a href="">China Economic Review</a>. The article can be found <a href="">here</a></i> <i>(subscription required).</i> </p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> business development Fuel Growing Pains Hangzhou Shanghai Tue, 24 Jun 2008 06:47:41 -0600 Michael R. Jeffers 375 at Sichuan Tragedy Sparks Cultural Shift <p>In the aftermath of Sichuan's devastating earthquake last May, which killed 69,181 people and injured 374,171, individuals and companies from all over the world have donated money and supplies in huge numbers to the victims. Even more significant perhaps, an unprecedented number of individuals in China have volunteered to help in the earthquake zone or contributed money, as well.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> attitudes Confucianism culture development identity The New Citizen youth Mon, 23 Jun 2008 04:29:33 -0600 Michelle Connolly 292 at In Rural China Enterprising Villagers Are Elected to Leadership <p>“Everything for the peasant!,” proclaims village head Ding Jingang, as trailed by his entourage, he strides down the main road of Tihucun, a rural community located in Shaanxi province in central China.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Travel Diary development Hangzhou politics Xi&#039;an Mon, 16 Jun 2008 01:24:38 -0600 Zachary Lown 273 at Beijing Sex Shops Signal A New Cultural Revolution <p>Within walking distance of our guesthouse in central Beijing, I was surprised to come across three shops specializing in adult products and noticed even more interspersed throughout the city. Nothing like that had ever crossed my sights when I spent a year living here as a student a mere decade ago. Today's shops sell massage devices, oils, lingerie and other treasures once striclty forbidden in the People's Republic.</p><p><a href="">read more</a></p> Travel Diary Beijing development sex China Chic Thu, 05 Jun 2008 04:20:58 -0600 Michael R. Jeffers 174 at How Deep Are the Changes? <p>I was disoriented when I arrived at the shining new <a href="">Beijing Capital International Airport</a>. The digital signs of the sleek facility are more modern than most of the world’s largest airports and the floors gleam. But after my luggage failed to arrive and I was forced to use my rusty Chinese skills to investigate the matter with airport officials, I began to suspect China has not changed as much as the American media would have one believe.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Travel Diary Beijing development Growing Pains Sat, 31 May 2008 22:02:06 -0600 Michael R. Jeffers 114 at