Just seven years ago, state media reported only about half of China’s population spoke Mandarin, compared with about 70 percent today.
The World’s Matthew Bell demonstrates how to properly wear a respiratory mask for protection against low air quality in Beijing.
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It’s a rare “blue sky” day in Beijing. The city is bathed in a beautiful late-afternoon light—the kind that makes people rush outside just to enjoy it. But rather than bask in the weather, a small group of expats and Chinese locals have instead chosen to hole themselves up in a café.…
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A UN survey of men in Asia reveals some startling facts about violence against women. Read the full study (PDF): Why Do Some Men Use Violence Against Women and How Can We Prevent It? Quantitative Findings from the United Nations Multi-country Study on Men and Violence in Asia and the Pacific.
Khabarovsk Military orchestra performs on wind instruments known songs: Bad Romance by Lady Gaga and Gangnam Style by Psy.
In China, fertility fell dramatically in the 1970s, from almost 6 children per woman to 2.8 children per woman. Today, the average woman in China will give birth to just 1.63 children.
Why did fertility decline so rapidly? You might be surprised to learn that it was not due to the county’s one-child policy, which wasn’t implemented until 1979.
All eyes are on today’s trial of Bo Xilai, China’s fallen politician who is charged with bribery, corruption and abuse of power. Unprecedentedly, authorities said there will be live coverage from the court room. To be fair, there is the memo-like live updates on the Weibo account of Jinan’s Intermediate People’s Court. But below are pictures of what it looks like to live-broadcast in China
h/t China Digital Times