Louisa Lim http://kacu.org en June 4: The Day That Defines, And Still Haunts China http://kacu.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 38992 at http://kacu.org June 4: The Day That Defines, And Still Haunts China For One Soldier At Tiananmen, A Day 'Never Forgotten' http://kacu.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 38923 at http://kacu.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://kacu.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 38905 at http://kacu.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://kacu.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 38396 at http://kacu.org 25 Years On, Mothers Of Tiananmen Square Dead Seek Answers After 25 Years Of Amnesia, Remembering A Forgotten Tiananmen http://kacu.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 36914 at http://kacu.org After 25 Years Of Amnesia, Remembering A Forgotten Tiananmen Belly Dancing For The Dead: A Day With China's Top Mourner http://kacu.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 25227 at http://kacu.org Belly Dancing For The Dead: A Day With China's Top Mourner Calls For Justice For Tiananmen Met With Silence http://kacu.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 24245 at http://kacu.org Calls For Justice For Tiananmen Met With Silence For China's Youth, A Life Of 'Darkness Outside The Night' http://kacu.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 24042 at http://kacu.org For China's Youth, A Life Of 'Darkness Outside The Night' Targets Of Disgraced Bo Xilai Still Languish In Jail http://kacu.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 23922 at http://kacu.org Targets Of Disgraced Bo Xilai Still Languish In Jail China's Artist Provocateur Explores New Medium: Heavy Metal http://kacu.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 23753 at http://kacu.org China's Artist Provocateur Explores New Medium: Heavy Metal Children Of China's Wealthy Learn Expensive Lessons http://kacu.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 23625 at http://kacu.org Children Of China's Wealthy Learn Expensive Lessons Five Years After A Quake, Chinese Cite Shoddy Reconstruction http://kacu.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 23341 at http://kacu.org Five Years After A Quake, Chinese Cite Shoddy Reconstruction To Silence Discontent, Chinese Officials Alter Workweek http://kacu.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 22985 at http://kacu.org To Silence Discontent, Chinese Officials Alter Workweek Chinese Dreams: Freedom, Democracy And Clean Air http://kacu.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 20:22:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 22752 at http://kacu.org Chinese Dreams: Freedom, Democracy And Clean Air Chasing The Chinese Dream — If You Can Define It http://kacu.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 19:26:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 22747 at http://kacu.org Chasing The Chinese Dream — If You Can Define It