Penned between the South China Sea and a range of three imposing mountains lies Hailufeng, a rough-and-tumble region of southern China with a long and proud tradition of rebellion and self-reliance. In the words of a local expression: "In the heavens, there is the Lord of Thunder; on Earth, there are the people of Hailufeng."
Wú Guānzhōng 吴冠中 was born 100 years ago in Zhakou township in Jiangsu Province. The son of a schoolteacher from the rural wetlands, he trained to paint in the hallowed art colleges of Paris and Hangzhou before being re-educated in the remote reaches of the Chinese countryside.
The district of Yuexiu in Guangzhou is a diorama of the early history of the CCP and the KMT. It is a blood-stained landscape in miniature, however, and one that looks capable of repeating itself. Xi Jinping's repeated emphasis on the inevitability of reunification, this time with Taiwan, reeks of repeating unnecessary historical folly.
For decades, political debate in Taiwan has been defined by the clash between those advocating further integration with the mainland and those demanding independence-bearing striking resemblance to the UK's Brexit saga. But where Taiwan is clear on its goals and uncertain of its options, the UK remains bitterly divided in the face of a bleak but...
"Control the globe and let the world hear our voices": The ideological conflict for the hearts and minds of Chinese Overseas (Part 1) China's attitude towards Chinese Overseas has evolved with the political will of the time. In this two-part adaptation of his dissertation at the University of Oxford,
Students returning to Oxford last year may have noticed an unfamiliar sight on the city streets: countless new, dock-less bikes. They came in three varieties: yellow, silver and blue, representing the three major bike sharing firms operating in the city (Ofo, Mobike and Pony Bike).
At My China Roots, we often receive requests from the descendants of Chinese migrants who only remember vague details about their ancestor: that his surname was Fung, that he arrived on a boat from South China, and that he came to work on the railroads of North America, in the tin mines of Malaysia, the guano caves of Peru, or the sugar plantations of Cuba.
Chinese last names have a history dating back more than 4,000 years. In many ways, Chinese surnames hold the key to understanding Chinese family history. By learning about your Chinese last name, you can uncover your family's history and heritage. In the Western world, identity-related documentation has usually been maintained by central, church, or state authorities.
Considering the popularity of the glossy hit TV show 'Rappers of China' - which seeks to prove the existence of a Chinese rap scene through an X-factor-style big money talent competition - I went in search of the other side of Chinese hip hop -underground in Beijing.
No one was stuck in traffic for five days... Last Wednesday (the 8th of October), on the last day of the Golden Week holiday in China, I was in the back of a taxi on my way to explore the Caochangdi ...
As the COVID-19 pandemic rages across the world, some 10 nations - including major agricultural producers like India, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Vietnam - either considered or implemented varying degrees of grain export bans. Although some countries, including Vietnam, are already lifting their restrictions, fears of a pandemic-triggered global food crisis linger.
The COVID-19 epidemic is now a global pandemic. Almost all industries have been hit hard, my own among them. Bookshops are closed, printing presses have stopped, and sales are cratering.
More than 15 years ago, in July 2003, I hired two fishers to take me out onto the choppy waters of the Xiaolangdi Reservoir in the central province of Henan. Six hours later, we finally spotted my destination: a cluster of some 10 or so fishing vessels - a sort of floating village.
This article is the first in a two-part series on 'wangban,' a controversial academic livestreaming model aimed at reducing educational inequality. Last week, a China Youth Daily report heralding the growing popularity of so-called wangban classes in the country's secondary schools sparked a nationwide debate.
Last September, a 20-year-old graffiti artist was detained by police in southern Guangdong province's Zhaoqing City and charged with "intentional destruction of property" - defined as an intentional act of vandalism that causes more than 5,000 yuan ($730) in damages.