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A chat with Derek Sandhaus, author of Baijiu: The Essential Guide to Chinese Spirits

After years writing about and knocking back tumblers of China’s favorite fire water, American Derek Sandhaus has wrote the book on baijiu. Baijiu: the Essential Guide to Chinese Spirits’ explores baijiu’s history and culture, and strives to turn squeamish Western drinkers onto the most popular, yet under examined liquor on earth. Show More Summary

Chinese Shoemakers Are on Strike for Benefits — But Who Will Foot the Bill?

When workers at a major footwear factory in south China walked off the job earlier this month, demanding better social insurance benefits, they threatened to upend a cozy system.

Watch: An Over-the-Top Love Song for China’s Aircraft Carrier

China’s first aircraft carrier has inspired memes, meditations on heroism and frictions with its neighbors. Now it’s also inspired at least one man to burst into song.

Spike in Chinese tourists traveling to Thailand sparks resentment

2 days agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

SCMP has reported the emergence of Anti-Chinese sentiments within Chiang Mai stemming from the behaviour of Chinese tourists who are steadily increasing in numbers within the city. [ more › ]

Brazil Passes Bill on Internet Privacy

(SAO PAULO) — Brazil’s Congress passed a bill guaranteeing Internet privacy and enshrining access to the Web on the eve of a major conference in Sao Paulo on the future of Internet governance that’s expected to draw representatives from some 80 countries. The bill, which was championed by President Dilma Rousseff and approved late Tuesday,…

Bankers Tell Xi Jinping: Chinese Politics Put Hong Kong’s Economy At Risk

Hong Kong bankers have a reputation for being apathetic. But 46-year-old fund manager Edward Chin wants to buck that mold.

MH370 Update: Search may go on for for months, years

2 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott gave a speech today where he reassured the families of missing passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines flight 370 that, "We are not going to abandon... the families of the 239 people who were on that...Show More Summary

China’s Water Glass More Than Half Polluted, Report Says

Fresh off an official report that confirmed long-held fears over the state of China’s soil, new government figures show the majority of the country’s water remains polluted despite billions of dollars spent trying to clean it up.

Photos: The Harbin 'No-Pants Subway Ride' is exactly what it sounds like

2 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Yesterday, with a very tenuous connection to World Earth Day, a group of mostly foreigners (of course) dropped-trou and rode the Harbin metro. The bare-thighed subway riders were picked up by China Daily, who snapped these photos. For the environment!! [ more › ]

Dongguan cabbie works 24-hour shift, dies

2 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

A Dongguan cabbie named Wang Xianwu worked extra-super-overtime in an attempt to secure a down payment on a house for his son, and died on April 20th after working a 24-hour-straight shift. Wang was only 43 years old. [ more › ]

Justin Bieber Blunders Into China-Japan War Shrine Debate

Justin Bieber's Chinese fans reacted with dismay on Wednesday after the teen heartthrob posted a photo of his visit to Japan’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine – a symbol in China of Japan’s militaristic past.

Beijing company denies producing drones for North Korea

4 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

A Beijing drone retailer (that's apparently a thing now) has come under fire after a website revealed the striking similarities between its drones and the North Korean models found crashed in South Korea earlier this year. If the allegations are true, China TranComm Technologies is in for a bit of a scandal. [ more › ]

Photo of the Day: Activist and/or creepiest man alive has a 5,000-strong bra collection

5 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

There are contradicting reports coming in on this one. People's Daily reports that a Hainan man has collected 5,000 bras from local female college students to (somehow) raise awareness about breast cancer. That's a bit eccentric, but we see where he's coming from. Show More Summary

Syrian Government Accused of New Deadly Gas Attacks on Opposition

Opposition groups accuse the Assad regime of directing deadly gas attacks at civilians, despite a deal struck late last year to remove all of chemical weapons from Syria

In Taiwan, an Anti-Nuclear Activist With Unusual Pull

A high-profile Taiwanese anti-nuclear activist began a hunger strike on Tuesday to protest construction of the island's fourth nuclear power plant, in what could become another challenge for the already beleaguered President Ma Ying-jeou.

Piss Gate: Mainlander toddler pees in Hong Kong street, uproar ensues

6 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

A family of mainland Chinese tourists visiting Hong Kong have come under fire after video of their child taking a leak on a local street exploded online and stoked the fires of mainland/HK resentment. Just imagine if it had been #2... [ more › ]

China’s Anticorruption Campaign Spills Over Into New Sectors

China's Communist Party has ousted a top officer at China Resources, one of China's largest state-owned enterprises, in a move that suggests its anticorruption campaign is starting to spill over into new sectors.

Required Reading: Life without internet after the 2009 Urumqi riots

7 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Xinhua recently posted a cheery little article fondly reminiscing about that time when the Chinese state cut all internet access, text messaging, and international phone calls within Xinjiang province in 2009. The 10-month black-outShow More Summary

Hong Kong Howls, But 88% of Mainland Chinese Don’t Mind Public Urination

If you’ve ever wondered why there are so many young children who urinate freely on the streets of Chinese cities, wonder no more. Apparently it’s because their countrymen really don’t mind.

Gambling houses for children, which apparently exist, are target of new crack-down

8 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Damn those children's casinos! Gambling is illegal in China (except in Macau) and Beijing police are starting a crack-down on illegal betting centers in the city, especially those open to children. Wait, what? [ more › ]

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