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March 28, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - From beach vacations to entertainers, all things Malaysian are being boycotted in China in protest of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 and what many consider the bungled investigation that has followed. Major Chinese ticketing agencies this week banned sales of airplane tickets to Malaysia, with one of them, eLong, saying it will maintain the stricture “indefinitely until the Malaysian government and Malaysia Airlines release every piece of information they have in order to find out the truth of the missing flight as soon as possible.
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April 23, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- The latest installment of NBC's hit drama “The Blacklist” was deleted Wednesday from all major Chinese video-streaming websites that carry the popular TV show, marking the second time an episode of the program has been pulled from mainland portals after featuring Chinese plot elements. Chinese video websites such as Youku, Tencent and Sohu all carry American TV shows as part of their regular licensed streaming offerings. “The Blacklist” has been among the most-watched shows on such websites recently, attracting millions of views.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2000
It was with equal parts amusement and dismay that I read the heading " 'Flower Drum' Sayonara" (Morning Report, Dec. 16). It was not the content of the article that I was reacting to (though I'm sorry the musical is not being mounted), but rather the presumption to use a Japanese word of farewell in reference to the departure of a show that is distinctly Chinese in content. Are we now to believe that all things Asian are one and the same? LINDA L. KENT Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Anh Do
Along with its manicured greenbelts and meticulously neat neighborhoods, Irvine suddenly has something else on its hands: an international incident. Members of its vast Chinese American community are fighting a city decision to bow to the demands of Vietnamese Americans, who arrived by the hundreds this month to demand that Irvine abandon its plans to formalize a relationship with a town in coastal Vietnam. A parade of speakers spent hours pleading with council members to reject the proposal, saying it would be insulting for the city to forge a “friendship” with a country they'd fled to escape a brutal communist regime.
WORLD
June 6, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- It is not bad that Xi Jinping is getting a three-day visit with President Obama. But the one whom many Chinese wanted their president and first lady to meet was actually Michelle. Among Chinese commentators, the absence of the American first lady at the summit this weekend in Rancho Mirage is causing consternation. The meeting was supposed to be a relaxed, get-acquainted event and Xi is bringing his own wife, the photogenic singer Peng Liyuan. "In terms of diplomatic etiquette, Chinese will definitely feel that the United States is lacking unless they can come up with a really solid excuse,"' said Deng Yuwen, a foreign policy commentator in Beijing.
WORLD
September 25, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- Millions of Chinese took to the Internet to protest the execution of a 37-year-old vendor who had stabbed to death two municipal officials he said arrested and beat him for hawking meat skewers without a license. Xia Junfeng had argued that he was a poor, honest man who was only defending himself against the notoriously brutal urban management officers known in China as the chengguan -- and nearly 3 million Chinese agreed. As news of his execution by lethal injection was announced Wednesday, Chinese microblogs were flooded with outrage.
WORLD
April 27, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING-- The rabbit and the rat are finally coming home. Two bronze heads that were looted from Beijing's old Summer Palace in 1860 are to be returned to China this year by a French billionaire who acquired them from Christie's auction house, Chinese state media reported. The donation was announced late Friday by Francois-Henri Pinault, heir and chief executive of luxury fashion conglomerate Kering Inc., which is expanding its business in the booming Chinese market. Pinault was part of a business delegation accompanying French President Francois Hollande to China.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2001
The 23 Chinese stowaways found at the Port of Long Beach on Monday hiding in rail car-size containers were in "generally pretty good condition," a U.S. immigration spokeswoman said Tuesday. Two were treated for injuries--including rope burn and a broken ankle--sustained shortly before the group was discovered, said Sharon Gavin of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. They were transported to the INS' Terminal Island processing center, she said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 1991 | DAVID D'ARCY
China may be exporting more artists than any country in the world these days, but according to Christie's auction house, China still leads the world in the sheer number of its oil painters. Christie's will offer its first major auction of modern and contemporary Chinese art from the last 50 years in Hong Kong on Sept. 30, bringing together the work of artists now living in China as well as expatriates.
NEWS
May 17, 1985 | Associated Press
The fossilized tusk of a giant elephant dating back 1 million years was discovered by a peasant digging in the fields of Jiangsu province, the official New China News Agency reported Thursday. It said the tusk, which weighs 220 pounds and is 11 1/2 feet long, is the largest ever found in China. Archeologists estimate the elephant's height at 26 feet.
OPINION
April 21, 2014 | By Daniel K. Gardner
Premier Li Keqiang wants to wean the Chinese economy off its dependence on export trade in cheap electronics, clothes, toys and tchotchkes of all variety. Let the Chinese people consume instead, he says, and let them consume products and services of high value. But how do you take a developing country like China, where saving has traditionally been favored over spending, and transform it into a nation of mass consumers? Simple, Li explains: You urbanize it, because city dwellers earn much more and spend much more.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Anh Do
Along with its manicured greenbelts and meticulously neat neighborhoods, Irvine suddenly has something else on its hands: an international incident. Members of its vast Chinese American community are fighting a city decision to bow to the demands of Vietnamese Americans, who arrived by the hundreds this month to demand that Irvine abandon its plans to formalize a relationship with a tourist town in coastal Vietnam. A parade of speakers spent hours pleading with council members to reject the proposal, saying it would be insulting for the city to forge a "friendship" with a country they'd fled to escape a brutal communist regime.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2014 | By Andrea Chang and Julie Makinen
The largest tech IPO of the year will come from a company that many Americans have never heard of. Alibaba -- a Chinese e-commerce behemoth that produces more sales and net income than Amazon and EBay combined -- has decided to go public in the U.S. after months of speculation that it would list in Hong Kong. The company could raise up to $15 billion at an estimated valuation of up to $200 billion. “We expect it to be the largest tech IPO ever, the largest IPO of the year, the largest Chinese IPO of the year,” said Max Wolff, chief economist and strategist at Citizen VC. “It's a big number, probably a record-breaker by any metric.” PHOTOS: Top 10 tech acquisitions Alibaba's initial public offering plans are part of a wave of Chinese companies going public in the U.S. this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Susan King
The curtain goes up Thursday on the fifth TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of the restoration of Fred Zinnemann's 1955 "Oklahoma!," based on the landmark Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Shirley Jones, who made her film debut in the hit, will be on hand at the TCL Chinese Theatre Imax to discuss the film with Robert Osborne, Turner Classic Movies' popular host. Over the next four days, rabid movie fans will descend on Hollywood to watch beloved classic films and see some of Tinseltown's most venerable stars, including Jerry Lewis, who will have a hand and footprint ceremony outside the Chinese and appear at the screening of 1963's "The Nutty Professor"; Kim Novak, who will appear at the screening of 1958's "Bell, Book and Candle"; Maureen O'Hara, who will be the special guest at the presentation of the 1941 Oscar-winning best film "How Green Was My Valley"; and Mel Brooks, who will be cracking wise at the 40th anniversary celebration of "Blazing Saddles.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2014 | By David Ng
It measures only 8 centimeters, or about 3 inches, in diameter and couldn't even hold a cup of morning coffee. And yet it is worth $36 million.  Or at least someone was willing to pay that much. A 15th century porcelain cup from China sold at a Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong on Monday for $36 million. The item -- which is being called a "chicken cup" for its depiction of a rooster and other fowl on its side -- was purchased by mainland China billionaire and collector Liu Yiqian, according to reports.
WORLD
April 6, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - The pinger locater that Chinese searchers are using in the quest for Malaysia Flight 370 is a $16,000, U.S.-made device typically used by divers to find lost marine equipment in relatively shallow waters. But the Massachusetts manufacturer says it's possible the machine could detect pulses from an airplane “black box” lost in the ocean several miles deep. Thomas Altshuler, vice president and group general manager of Teledyne Marine Systems, said his company was aware that China had purchased several of its pinger locaters in the past but did not know how or where authorities were using the equipment.
NEWS
March 4, 1987 | Associated Press
Secretary of State George P. Shultz today visited three of China's most revered places of pilgrimage, marking U.S. recognition that traditional values continue to provide an important counterpoint to forces of change in this country. Shultz toured Taishan, "the mountain of tranquility," and the grave and birthplace of Confucius, the ancient sage who preached order and respect for authority.
SPORTS
December 14, 2009 | By Jean Yung
The man who fell to his knees when a nation expected the most from him is back on his feet. Chinese track fans had watched in anger and frustration as superstar hurdler Liu Xiang hobbled off the field at the Beijing Olympics. Now that he has returned to win his third consecutive Asian Athletics Championships and China's National Games titles, fans are wondering: Is their Flying Man back? Liu Xiang -- his name means "to soar" -- defended his 110-meter hurdles title at the East Asian Games in Hong Kong on Friday, finishing in 13.66 seconds and fueling hopes that the answer is yes. Liu knows what it is to carry the hopes of a nation.
WORLD
April 5, 2014 | By Julie Makinen, This post has been updated with the latest developments.
BEIJING - With nearly a month of searching having turned up no definitive sign of missing Flight 370, Malaysia said Saturday it was overhauling the organization of its investigation and vowed to press on with efforts to find the jet. Meanwhile, China's state-run Xinhua news agency said a Chinese vessel in the Indian Ocean, the Haixun 01, had picked up a "pulse signal with a frequency of 37.5 kHz” - the same frequency as emitted by a plane's...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Screams rang out Saturday night across the Los Angeles Sports Arena as Taiwanese band Mayday brought its brand of Asian stadium rock to an all-Chinese audience for a show celebrating its 15th anniversary. "We don't usually do anything on our anniversary, but this year, it seems like things are different - because you guys all came," said Chin-Hang Shih, the lead guitarist, to screams and cheers. With matching outfits and a yellow submarine gracing the cover of their press kit, the members of Mayday are sometimes described as the Beatles of Asia.
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