Tag Archives: China
My first freelance story for The New Republic. Au revoir,” said the grocer. “Au revoir,” said the man in chic little canvas shoes. He had a bottle of champagne under one arm, and a bottle of “C’est la vie” chardonnay sauvignon … Continue reading
MACAU — If there’s one thing you can say for it, Titanic II does not lack audacity. The brainchild of eccentric Australian billionaire Clive Palmer, Titanic II aims to precisely replicate the experience of the doomed liner for a 21st … Continue reading
HONG KONG — There are few places for ordinary people to escape the mobs of tourists, touts and handbag hawkers in Tsim Sha Tsui — Hong Kong’s commercial hub — but for members of the city’s upper crust, there’s … Continue reading
Below is the introduction to my series of profiles and articles on Chinese workers, which follow immediately below this post. HONG KONG — The usual way to tell China’s incredible economic story is with big, brash numbers. 1.3 billion people! 4 … Continue reading
WENZHOU, China — In a city that’s supposed to be the closest thing to paradise for private enterprise in China, the mood is surprisingly grim. After years of easy loans and cheap labor, small-business owners in this prosperous coastal city … Continue reading
HONG KONG – China’s most politically perilous scandal in decades was wrapped up tidily in a Hefei courtroom this morning — almost too tidily, experts say. Gu Kailai, the once-elegant wife of fallen party boss Bo Xilai, was convicted of … Continue reading
HONG KONG, China — Just because Norway is small and peace-loving doesn’t mean it can’t get into an icy confrontation with a country 273 times its size. Two years after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Chinese dissident Liu … Continue reading
HONG KONG — In a city with more Rolls Royces per capita than anywhere on Earth, you would think the Occupy movement would have no trouble gaining traction. Yet after nine months, Hong Kong’s dwindling band of Occupy protesters, who … Continue reading
HONG KONG — It’s getting hard even for the bulls to pretend something isn’t off about China’s breakneck growth story.
HONG KONG, China — When the buttoned-up host of a TV program that is supposed to showcase intelligent dialogue with foreigners begins calling foreigners “trash,” “spies” and “bitch,” you might think that the host’s job would be in trouble.