Louisa Lim http://kbia.org en June 4: The Day That Defines, And Still Haunts China http://kbia.org/post/june-4-day-defines-and-still-haunts-china As China prepares to mark the 25th anniversary of its brutal repression of protests around Tiananmen Square, its leaders have presided over an unprecedented pre-anniversary crackdown. Rights groups say <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/28/world/asia/tiananmen-square-anniversary-prompts-campaign-of-silence.html?_r=0">at least 50 people have been detained, put under house arrest or disappeared</a>.<p>Silence surrounds this anniversary. So, too, does repression: For the first time, activists trying to hold private commemorations have been detained. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:22:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 53979 at http://kbia.org June 4: The Day That Defines, And Still Haunts China For One Soldier At Tiananmen, A Day 'Never Forgotten' http://kbia.org/post/one-soldier-tiananmen-day-never-forgotten Hour after hour passed as Chen Guang stood, gun trembling in his hands, behind the doors of Beijing's Great Hall of the people, waiting for the order to clear Tiananmen Square of its student protesters.<p>It was 1989, and Chen was a 17-year-old soldier from a small town whose life was changed by his role in the bloody crackdown. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 07:36:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 53890 at http://kbia.org For One Soldier At Tiananmen, A Day 'Never Forgotten' For Many Of China's Youth, June 4 May As Well Be Just Another Day http://kbia.org/post/many-chinas-youth-june-4-may-well-be-just-another-day They peered at the photo blankly, leaning to take in the details.<p>"Is it from South Korea?" asked a student studying for a doctorate in marketing, with no flicker of recognition.<p>"Is it Kosovo?" a young astronomy major guessed.<p>The photo they were staring at so intently was the iconic image of China's 1989 pro-democracy movement — <a href="http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/03/behind-the-scenes-tank-man-of-tiananmen/">Tank Man</a> — which showed a lone Chinese protester blocking a column of tanks rolling down the wide boulevard toward Tiananmen Square in Beijing.<p>The extent of "<a h Sun, 01 Jun 2014 11:46:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 53874 at http://kbia.org For Many Of China's Youth, June 4 May As Well Be Just Another Day 25 Years On, Mothers Of Tiananmen Square Dead Seek Answers http://kbia.org/post/25-years-mothers-tiananmen-square-dead-seek-answers The elderly woman carefully handed over the tissue-thin white paper slip. The flimsy invoice was her son's death notice. The words hurriedly scrawled on it in blue ink — "shot outside and died" — were proof to her of the crimes of the state.<p>Zhang Xianling's son, Wang Nan, was just 19 years old when he was killed by a single bullet to the head. Tue, 20 May 2014 17:36:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 53240 at http://kbia.org 25 Years On, Mothers Of Tiananmen Square Dead Seek Answers After 25 Years Of Amnesia, Remembering A Forgotten Tiananmen http://kbia.org/post/after-25-years-amnesia-remembering-forgotten-tiananmen <em>Twenty-five years ago, on April 15, 1989, Chinese students were mourning the death of a reformist leader. But what began as mourning evolved into mass protests demanding democracy. Demonstrators remained in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, day after day, until their protests were brutally suppressed by the Chinese army — on June 4. Hundreds died; to this day, no one knows how many.</em><p><em>The media captured some of the story of the massacre in Beijing. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:22:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 51333 at http://kbia.org After 25 Years Of Amnesia, Remembering A Forgotten Tiananmen Belly Dancing For The Dead: A Day With China's Top Mourner http://kbia.org/post/belly-dancing-dead-day-chinas-top-mourner File under "one of the oddest jobs ever": professional mourner. China's funeral rituals date back 2,000 years to the Han dynasty, but were banned during the Cultural Revolution as superstition. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 07:24:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 36058 at http://kbia.org Belly Dancing For The Dead: A Day With China's Top Mourner Calls For Justice For Tiananmen Met With Silence http://kbia.org/post/mothers-tiananmen-call-justice-get-silence-return Ding Zilin has spent the past 24 years on one mission: seeking justice for the death of her son, 17-year-old Jiang Jielian, who was shot in the back by Chinese soldiers on the night of June 3, 1989.<p>This year, her mood is one of black despair.<p>"It's possible that before I leave this world, I won't see justice," the frail 76-year-old told me. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 17:53:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 34770 at http://kbia.org Calls For Justice For Tiananmen Met With Silence For China's Youth, A Life Of 'Darkness Outside The Night' http://kbia.org/post/chinas-youth-life-darkness-outside-night Xie Peng, a 36-year-old Chinese graphic novelist, spent six years working on his first book, <a href="http://www.npr.org/books/titles/187048382/darkness-outside-the-night"><em>Darkness Outside the Nigh</em><em>t</em></a>. It's been praised by China's first Nobel laureate for literature, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/10/11/162703689/mo-yans-hallucinatory-realism-wins-lit-nobel">Mo Yan</a>, as inspiring people on how to deal with life.<p>It's a psychological journey into the world of young Chinese: a world of competition, stress and anxiety, but not necessarily one of politics. Wed, 29 May 2013 17:35:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 34526 at http://kbia.org For China's Youth, A Life Of 'Darkness Outside The Night' Targets Of Disgraced Bo Xilai Still Languish In Jail http://kbia.org/post/targets-disgraced-bo-xilai-still-languish-jail It was 5 p.m. on an ordinary Tuesday, and Li Ping was finishing up the company accounts before going to have a facial. She was working for her brother, Li Qiang, who owned one of the biggest private transport companies in Chongqing, a major city in southwestern China.<p>Suddenly, five plainclothes policemen barged into the room. They asked her name, then put a black hood over her head and drove her to a secret interrogation site. Her ordeal had begun.<p>"I sat on a chair 24 hours a day," Li Ping remembers. "My hands were cuffed and my feet fettered. I sat there for seven days. Mon, 27 May 2013 07:50:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 34379 at http://kbia.org Targets Of Disgraced Bo Xilai Still Languish In Jail China's Artist Provocateur Explores New Medium: Heavy Metal http://kbia.org/post/chinas-artist-provocateur-explores-new-medium-heavy-metal The man <em>ArtReview</em> magazine named the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/10/13/141325325/artreview-names-chinas-ai-weiwei-most-powerful-person-in-the-art-world">most powerful artist in the world</a> is trying his hand at rock stardom. In 2011, the Chinese artist <a href="http://aiweiwei.com/">Ai Weiwei</a> spent 81 days in detention. He was later let go and <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/11/01/141899783/chinese-authorities-send-outspoken-artist-ai-weiwei-a-2-4-million-tax-bill">charged with tax evasion</a>. Wed, 22 May 2013 17:17:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 34175 at http://kbia.org China's Artist Provocateur Explores New Medium: Heavy Metal Children Of China's Wealthy Learn Expensive Lessons http://kbia.org/post/children-chinas-wealthy-learn-expensive-lessons In China, having too much money is a relatively new problem. But the rapidly growing country is second only to the U.S. in its number of billionaires, according to <em>Forbes</em> magazine. And now an enterprising company has set up a course for kids born into wealthy families, who are learning how to deal with the excesses of extraordinary wealth.<p>For a moment, it looks like this high-end shopping mall in the southwestern city of Chengdu has been taken over by baby bankers. Mon, 20 May 2013 07:05:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 34019 at http://kbia.org Children Of China's Wealthy Learn Expensive Lessons Five Years After A Quake, Chinese Cite Shoddy Reconstruction http://kbia.org/post/five-years-after-quake-chinese-cite-shoddy-reconstruction Five years after the massive Wenchuan quake in China's Sichuan province left about 90,000 dead and missing, allegations are surfacing that corruption and official wrongdoing have plagued the five-year-long quake reconstruction effort.<p>The official press is <a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/indepth/2013-05/13/c_132377883.htm%20">full of praise</a> for how "all Chinese have a reason to be proud of what the concerted efforts of the entire nation achieved in creating a new life for the survivors."<p>But an NPR investigation shows that behind the impressive facade the old problems still Mon, 13 May 2013 19:05:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 33648 at http://kbia.org Five Years After A Quake, Chinese Cite Shoddy Reconstruction To Silence Discontent, Chinese Officials Alter Workweek http://kbia.org/post/silence-discontent-chinese-officials-alter-calendar How do you prevent protests in China? Move the weekend.<p>That's the Orwellian step taken by local authorities in the southwestern city of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. May 4 is a sensitive date commemorating an influential student movement in 1919. Sat, 04 May 2013 20:05:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 33181 at http://kbia.org To Silence Discontent, Chinese Officials Alter Workweek Chinese Dreams: Freedom, Democracy And Clean Air http://kbia.org/post/chinese-dreams-freedom-democracy-and-clean-air "What is your Chinese dream?"<p>With <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/04/29/179838801/chasing-the-chinese-dream-if-you-can-define-it" target="_blank">Chinese leaders and the state-run media</a> now talking about the notion of the Chinese dream, we posed this question on our <a href="http://e.weibo.com/nprshanghai" target="_blank">NPR Weibo account</a>. In China, Weibo is the equivalent of Twitter. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 19:13:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 32859 at http://kbia.org Chinese Dreams: Freedom, Democracy And Clean Air Chasing The Chinese Dream — If You Can Define It http://kbia.org/post/chasing-chinese-dream-if-you-can-define-it Forget about the American dream. Nowadays, the next big thing is the Chinese dream. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 18:47:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 32852 at http://kbia.org Chasing The Chinese Dream — If You Can Define It For Chinese Women, Marriage Depends On Right 'Bride Price' http://kbia.org/post/chinese-women-marriage-depends-right-bride-price Women hold up half the sky, China's Chairman Mao famously said. But in China, the one-child policy and the traditional preference for boys mean that 117 boys are born for every 100 baby girls. By one estimate, this means there could be 24 million Chinese men unable to find wives by the end of the decade.<p>As China's economy booms, the marriage market has become just that: a market, with new demands by women for apartments and cars.<p>But are women really benefiting from their scarcity?<p><strong>Let's Make A Deal</strong><p>It's Derek Wei's big day: his wedding day. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 07:42:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 32480 at http://kbia.org For Chinese Women, Marriage Depends On Right 'Bride Price' North Korea's Stepped-Up Rhetoric: Is It More Than Talk? http://kbia.org/post/north-koreas-stepped-rhetoric-it-more-talk North Korea has cut its last military hotlines with South Korea and yet again stepped up its rhetoric, rattling nerves in the region.<p>Thousands of North Koreans rallied in central Pyongyang, chanting "Death to the U.S. imperialists." Their leader, Kim Jong Un, has been calling for "scores to be settled" with the U.S.<p>This is just the latest phase in a propaganda war. Pyongyang also released a video showing an invasion of Seoul. In the video, North Korean forces fly across the border to destroy American bases in South Korea. Sat, 30 Mar 2013 10:11:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 31244 at http://kbia.org North Korea's Stepped-Up Rhetoric: Is It More Than Talk? From Police Chief To Political Office, Jobs Are For Sale In China http://kbia.org/post/police-chief-political-office-jobs-are-sale-china China's new president, Xi Jinping, who was formally elected Thursday, is already engaged in his own anti-corruption campaign, threatening to go after the key players — the tigers as well as the flies.<p>Confronting the issue is a matter of political self-interest and survival for China's new leaders. The problem is how to root out corrupt officials when so many are quite literally invested in the system.<p>Consider the case of Huang Yubiao, a Chinese real estate millionaire with a charitable streak. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 19:36:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 30487 at http://kbia.org From Police Chief To Political Office, Jobs Are For Sale In China Tibetan Customs Include Horse Races ... And Paramilitary Police? http://kbia.org/post/tibetan-customs-include-horse-races-and-paramilitary-police In the exiled Tibetan calendar, March 10 is an emotive day, the anniversary of a failed uprising in 1959. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:57:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 30218 at http://kbia.org Tibetan Customs Include Horse Races ... And Paramilitary Police? While U.S And South Korea Militaries Drill, 'Bombast Continues' From The North http://kbia.org/post/while-us-and-south-korea-militaries-drill-bombast-continues-north <em>As NPR's Louisa Lim <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/03/11/173986209/tensions-rise-as-u-s-s-korea-conduct-military-drill" target="_blank">reported Monday on Morning Edition</a>, a week of inflamed rhetoric from North Korea — including talk of a preemptive nuclear strike on the U.S. — is being followed by word that the North has carried through on its threat to annul the 1953 armistice that ended open warfare on the peninsula and has stopped answering calls on the telephone hotline to the South.</em><p><em>Meanwhile, the U.S. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 30202 at http://kbia.org While U.S And South Korea Militaries Drill, 'Bombast Continues' From The North In China, Baby's Brutal Death Raises Questions For Many About Nation's Values http://kbia.org/post/china-babys-brutal-death-raises-questions-many-about-nations-values A tale of two car thefts has transfixed China, sparking a new bout of soul-searching. It's generated far more attention online than the ongoing legislative session in Beijing, despite <a href="http://www.tealeafnation.com/2013/03/baby-in-stolen-car-killed-government-puts-strict-limits-on-media-coverage/" target="_blank">leaked orders from the local government restricting official coverage</a>.<p>In two different countries, two grey SUVs were stolen with babies still inside, while the parents popped into supermarkets. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 12:21:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 29949 at http://kbia.org In China, Baby's Brutal Death Raises Questions For Many About Nation's Values American Woman Gives Domestic Abuse A Face, And Voice, In China http://kbia.org/post/american-woman-gives-domestic-abuse-face-and-voice-china The faces of American Kim Lee and her Chinese husband, Li Yang, both in their 40s, once graced the covers of books that sold in the millions. Thu, 07 Feb 2013 20:03:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 28523 at http://kbia.org American Woman Gives Domestic Abuse A Face, And Voice, In China 'Friends' Will Be There For You At Beijing's Central Perk http://kbia.org/post/friends-will-be-there-you-beijings-central-perk Almost a decade since the end of the hit American TV series <em>Friends</em>, the show — and, in particular, the fictitious Central Perk cafe, where much of the action took place — is enjoying an afterlife in China's capital, Beijing. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:19:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 27702 at http://kbia.org 'Friends' Will Be There For You At Beijing's Central Perk How Will China's New Leadership Handle Censorship Issue? http://kbia.org/post/how-will-chinas-new-leadership-handle-censorship-issue In China, one struggle over censorship has been defused — for the moment, at least.<p>Journalists at one of the country's boldest newspapers have published a new issue after a weeklong standoff that started when <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/01/08/168853281/editorial-ignites-freedom-of-the-press-debate-in-china">censors replaced a New Year's editorial</a>. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:55:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 27136 at http://kbia.org How Will China's New Leadership Handle Censorship Issue? Become A Successful Chinese Bureaucrat, In 5 Easy Steps http://kbia.org/post/become-successful-chinese-bureaucrat-5-easy-steps Forget <em>Fifty Shades of Grey</em>. In China, "bureaucracy lit" is flying off bookstore shelves. With the books' stories of Machiavellian office politics, they're read avidly, both as entertainment and as how-to guides for aspiring civil servants.<p>So what is the secret to success in the corridors of power?<p>Here is a five-point guide to success, with tips gleaned from the pioneers of bureaucracy lit.<p><strong>Lesson 1: Cultivate your connections.</strong><p>A friend of mine is a lower-level civil servant. His boss had a passion for soccer. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 08:20:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 27000 at http://kbia.org Become A Successful Chinese Bureaucrat, In 5 Easy Steps China Pledges Reforms To Labor Camps, But Offers Few Details http://kbia.org/post/china-pledges-reforms-labor-camps-offers-few-details China has indicated that it will stop handing down sentences to its controversial labor camps, which allow detention without trial for up to four years. According to Chinese media, some 160,000 prisoners were held in "re-education centers" at the end of 2008.<p>Critics of the system greeted the announcement — which was slim on details — with cautious optimism.<p>Pressure to change the system has been mounting after a number of high-profile cases, including that of Ren Jianyu, who had been a young village official.<p>He became an outspoken critic of labor camps after spending 15 months in one. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 21:07:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 26918 at http://kbia.org China Pledges Reforms To Labor Camps, But Offers Few Details Hunger Still Haunts North Korea, Citizens Say http://kbia.org/post/hunger-still-haunts-north-korea-citizens-say While North Korea has long struggled with dire food shortages, the United Nations now assesses its food situation as being the best in many years. But NPR has had unusual access to five North Koreans in China, who paint a dramatically different, and alarming, picture.<p>Even as North Korea mourned its leader Kim Jong Il last December, one surprising thing was on people's minds: fish. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 19:41:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 25693 at http://kbia.org Hunger Still Haunts North Korea, Citizens Say A Tumultuous Year, Seen Through North Korean Eyes http://kbia.org/post/tumultuous-year-seen-through-north-korean-eyes North Korea is preparing to launch a long-range rocket as it rounds off a tumultuous year marked by the sudden death of leader Kim Jong Il last December, the ascension of his 20-something son, and the humiliating failure of a rocket launch in April.<p>NPR recently interviewed five North Koreans in a northern Chinese city, gaining a rare glimpse of that eventful year through North Korean eyes. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 08:20:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 25667 at http://kbia.org A Tumultuous Year, Seen Through North Korean Eyes China's Communists Declare War ... On Boring Meetings http://kbia.org/post/chinas-communists-declare-war-boring-meetings Suffer from insomnia? The droning rhythm of a Chinese Communist official reading a work report out loud will likely do the trick.<p>It certainly does for many party members: Just 10 minutes into any party meeting, look down the serried ranks of the attendees, and you'll spot the dozers and snoozers, napping away, heads lolling lazily toward their neighbors.<p>But this could be a thing of the past, since the new Communist leadership has declared war on boring meetings. Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:11:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 25473 at http://kbia.org China's Communists Declare War ... On Boring Meetings Will China's First Lady Outshine Her Husband? http://kbia.org/post/will-chinas-first-lady-outshine-her-husband <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vFS9zA6mcs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gyymxqps8KY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9pHWXGRxDE</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:13:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 25117 at http://kbia.org Will China's First Lady Outshine Her Husband?