August 2, 2001 |
Jimmy Li was an ordinary Taiwanese cop. He never expected to find a new career in mainland China, much less settle down there with his wife, two kids and his mother-in-law. But a nine-room apartment, a live-in maid, a chauffeur, great food, sports and shopping in a culturally familiar setting at a fraction of the cost at home made the decision a no-brainer. Forget about missile shields and submarines. Forget that the governments in Beijing and Taipei are among the world's most implacable foes.
June 27, 1990 |
Fang Lizhi, China's most prominent dissident, said Tuesday that he will continue to work for progress in his homeland as he returns to an academic life in Britain. Fang and his wife, Li Shuxian, arrived in London after Chinese authorities Monday allowed them to leave their yearlong refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
July 2, 1989 |
He is an energetic man of 66, with silky white hair, mischievous eyes and a voice that erupts in a laugh so intense one is sure its force is meant to subdue some rising pain. He is replaying the years since he fled Iran in 1980--escaping a firing squad for the third time. "What I am really missing is my 12,000 volumes of books, which I left in Tehran," says Dr.
June 26, 1997 |
While millions of people in China may want to live in prospering Hong Kong, Lam Mei-cheng, a housewife from nearby Guangdong province, had three compelling reasons to sneak across the border: Her husband and two of her children are here. But under the strict immigration laws of Hong Kong and China, Lam had been separated from her husband for more than half of their 11-year marriage. They have a total of four children but had been apart even during the births of some of them.
August 3, 2000 |
Migrants from mainland China set Hong Kong's immigration headquarters on fire Wednesday in an effort to avoid being sent home, authorities said. About 47 people were injured, including several with severe burns. Ambrose Lee, the territory's director of immigration, said about 20 migrants were asked to leave a 13th-floor area where they had gone seeking documents. Instead, they poured flammable liquid on the floor and set the area ablaze. There were no immediate reports of fatalities.
January 15, 1990
World attention riveted on China in 1989 as the country underwent the throes of a massive political upheaval. Across the strait in Taiwan, islanders also tried to map out their futures, with some staying to fight for political change while others sought their fortunes overseas. In Hong Kong, the specter of 1997, when the British colony reverts to Communist Chinese rule, set the pace for investments and emigration as the colony braced itself for a major political transition.