Louisa Lim http://nhpr.org en For China's Youth, A Life Of 'Darkness Outside The Night' http://nhpr.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 28425 at http://nhpr.org For China's Youth, A Life Of 'Darkness Outside The Night' China's Artist Provocateur Explores New Medium: Heavy Metal http://nhpr.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 18:59:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 28005 at http://nhpr.org China's Artist Provocateur Explores New Medium: Heavy Metal Five Years After A Quake, Chinese Cite Shoddy Reconstruction http://nhpr.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 27410 at http://nhpr.org Five Years After A Quake, Chinese Cite Shoddy Reconstruction To Silence Discontent, Chinese Officials Alter Workweek http://nhpr.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 26863 at http://nhpr.org To Silence Discontent, Chinese Officials Alter Workweek Chinese Dreams: Freedom, Democracy And Clean Air http://nhpr.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 26514 at http://nhpr.org Chinese Dreams: Freedom, Democracy And Clean Air Chasing The Chinese Dream — If You Can Define It http://nhpr.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 26512 at http://nhpr.org Chasing The Chinese Dream — If You Can Define It China's New Urban Legend That Turned Out Not To Be http://nhpr.org/post/chinas-new-urban-legend-turned-out-not-be In China, countless television soap operas have been based on the adventures of Emperor Kangxi, a Qing ruler in the 17th century who, according to legend, would slip off his yellow dragon-embroidered silk robes to travel incognito among his people.<p>For several hours Thursday, a story went viral on the Chinese Internet that the new Communist equivalent of the emperor, President Xi Jinping, had pulled the same trick.<p>At first it seemed that <em>Ta Kung Pao</em>, a Hong Kong daily, had a big scoop, with its tale of how taxi driver Guo Lixin had picked up Xi and ferried him to the <a href="htt Thu, 18 Apr 2013 16:45:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 25812 at http://nhpr.org China's New Urban Legend That Turned Out Not To Be From Police Chief To Political Office, Jobs Are For Sale In China http://nhpr.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 23794 at http://nhpr.org From Police Chief To Political Office, Jobs Are For Sale In China Tibetan Customs Include Horse Races ... And Paramilitary Police? http://nhpr.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 23476 at http://nhpr.org Tibetan Customs Include Horse Races ... And Paramilitary Police? While U.S And South Korea Militaries Drill, 'Bombast Continues' From The North http://nhpr.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 23451 at http://nhpr.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://nhpr.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 23164 at http://nhpr.org In China, Baby's Brutal Death Raises Questions For Many About Nation's Values National People's Congress Opens, Prepares For Leadership Change http://nhpr.org/post/national-peoples-congress-opens-prepares-leadership-change Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. As he prepares to step down, China's prime minister today delivered his version of a state of the union address. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 10:15:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 23067 at http://nhpr.org 'China's Leonard Cohen' Calls Out Political Corruption http://nhpr.org/post/chinas-leonard-cohen-calls-out-political-corruption Zuoxiao Zuzhou is a Chinese singer whose accented, croaky voice is hardly ever in tune. But for his fans he's the voice of a generation — one of the very few voices who dare to speak out. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 08:20:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 22152 at http://nhpr.org 'China's Leonard Cohen' Calls Out Political Corruption American Woman Gives Domestic Abuse A Face, And Voice, In China http://nhpr.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 21549 at http://nhpr.org American Woman Gives Domestic Abuse A Face, And Voice, In China 'Friends' Will Be There For You At Beijing's Central Perk http://nhpr.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 20657 at http://nhpr.org 'Friends' Will Be There For You At Beijing's Central Perk