CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2010 |
For his children, the mystery surrounding Joe Yee's past started with his name. Growing up in Sacramento, Steve Yee, now 56, remembers piling into his father's big Pontiac Streamliner to visit the Ong family association. The group's members welcomed his father in a Cantonese dialect and addressed him as one of their own. But Joe Yee never explained to his six American-born children why, if he were part of the group, his last name was not Ong. Odder still, their father claimed to be an only son, with no surviving relatives in China or America.
June 7, 1990 |
China today denied threatening foreign correspondents and said they will be safe if they obey Chinese law. Earlier this week at least six foreign reporters were assaulted by security forces as they covered the first anniversary of the bloody military crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations. Soldiers pointed guns at eight others. "We have never threatened any foreign correspondent," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Li Jinhua told reporters.
March 4, 1986 |
A Soviet co-pilot who commandeered an Aeroflot domestic airliner to China in December was convicted today on hijacking charges by a court in the northeast city of Harbin, officials said. Under Chinese law, hijacking is a "counterrevolutionary" crime carrying a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. But court observers said the co-pilot, Alimuradov Shamil Gadji Ogly, will likely receive a prison sentence of less than 10 years. Soviet officials have said they will seek Ogly's return.
August 19, 2008 |
American Christians whose 315 Bibles were confiscated by Chinese officials left the Kunming airport after a 26-hour standoff. Members of Vision Beyond Borders had said they would not leave the airport until Communist authorities returned the Bibles, taken from their checked luggage. But the group said the U.S. Embassy told them that Chinese law forbids bringing religious products into the nation for more than personal use. Pat Klein, a representative of the group, said he was told he could pick up the Bibles on his way out of the country.
June 27, 1989 |
Chinese authorities Monday were holding 11 Americans in Kunming on charges of distributing religious tracts. A U.S. official said that "we expect the matter to be resolved soon." The Americans, who went to China on June 13, were believed associated with an evangelical Christian group, the Latter Rain Ministry of Litchfield, Ill. State Department spokesman Adam Shub said that the charges against them were not considered serious under Chinese law and that an official was on his way from the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu to investigate.
April 15, 2006 |
"You don't call. You never write. You won't eat my dumplings anymore!" Chinese mothers will not have to utter those words again if the powers that be have their way. In Shanghai, the Nanjing East Road Neighborhood Committee recently took to public shaming to ensure that people attend to their aging parents. Anyone who doesn't visit at least once every three months faces having his or her name posted on a community signboard.
November 20, 1994 |
Seventy-three rare Siberian tigers saved from slaughter by Chinese law face starvation because the breeders who raised them for their bones can't afford to feed them. China recently began enforcing a ban on slaughtering the species that has saved the 73 tigers from slaughter but not from starvation at the China Feline Captive Breeding Center in Mudanjiang in Manchuria in northeastern China.
March 8, 2008 |
China will be stricter on foreign performers after Icelandic singer Bjork shouted "Tibet! Tibet!" at the end of her concert in Shanghai this week, the Chinese government said Friday. A statement by China's Culture Ministry said Bjork's outburst "broke Chinese law and hurt Chinese people's feelings." Bjork shouted "Tibet!" after a performance of her song "Declare Independence" on Sunday. The outburst drew rare public attention inside China to Beijing's often harsh rule over the Himalayan region.