April 29, 1989 |
Three young Chinese women were freed from a Sunset District home where they allegedly were forced to do domestic labor and live in the basement with no contact with the outside world, authorities said Friday. John Majka, chief investigator for the San Francisco district attorney's office, said the women appeared healthy and in good spirits when FBI and immigration officials took them from the modest 22nd Avenue flat where they had been living. A preliminary investigation indicated that the women, ages 14, 19 and 20, had been recruited in China to study dance at a fictitious school called the San Francisco College of Music and Theater Arts and live in dormitories, Majka said.
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June 25, 1994
Three Chinese nationals were indicted Friday for conspiracy in a plot to kidnap a Chinese tourist who was visiting the Southland. Carl F. Zhang, 31, John F. Zhang, 24, and Mary Wang, 30, conspired to abduct Zhou Xing Ping, a Chinese businessman touring the United States, and force him to leave California, according to the U.S. attorney's office. On Oct. 13, 1993, the Zhang brothers forced Zhou from his Rosemead hotel, handcuffed and hit him on the head as they threw him to the floor of a car.
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March 5, 1999
A fracas this week between Iraqi and Chinese prisoners at the sheriff's Mira Loma jail has raised the ire of a London-based Iraqi group. A sheriff's spokesman said the Iraqi and Chinese inmates--who are prisoners of the federal Immigration and Naturalization Service--engaged in a one-minute fight Wednesday about access to telephones in the barracks.
June 1, 1989 |
Remember Madame Wu? The elegant Madame Wu, who stood like a Chinese icon in her jade silk Mandarin dress greeting customers in the atrium of her Madame Wu's Garden, where a magnificent stone waterfall gushed resounding cries of welcome. After 29 years you'd think that something would slip, but not so. The waterfall still has a lively gush, the free-standing handsome Chinese pagoda-style architecture designed by Guy Moore in the '60s can still be appreciated for its period beauty, and Madame Wu, youthful in appearance though in her 70s, still makes you feel as if you've arrived at a state banquet attended by royalty.
August 3, 2008 |
Mother Nature was always going to be a problem, because there are some things even the rulers of China can't control. Without some timely rain and wind, Beijing's Olympics will be viewed through a brownish soup of polluted air even though organizers did everything but mount giant fans outside the city to rid it of the haze. Pesky reporters were supposed to be another matter. The Chinese have a long history of doing whatever they have to do to make sure the wrong message doesn't get out. And that wasn't going to change for three weeks of fun and games, no matter how many promises were made otherwise.
April 30, 1989 |
Ye Wu-Lin, a well-known landscape painter in his native China, is having his first U.S. exhibit at the Couturier Gallery in Los Angeles. Born in Sian, China, in 1944, Ye spent the years of the Chinese cultural revolution in the countryside, learning to grow crops, according to his American translator, Monica Hsu. Thereafter, he began working for the government designing postage stamps. In 1976, one of his state-commissioned paintings received an award at the International Stamp Exhibition in Italy.
June 10, 1989 |
Now, I even see an element of revenge in this work; it is as if I were intentionally thumbing my nose at those nameless and faceless authorities who controlled my life and art in China. --Li Huai Those fateful words, written months ago by Li Huai about her art, resonate with the spirit of the pro-democracy demonstrators slaughtered by Chinese soldiers last weekend in Tian An Men Square. Li Huai, 34, is the subject of an exhibition, "Li Huai: An Artist in Two Cultures," that opens today at the San Diego Museum of Art. Though she is elated about the exhibit of 60 of her artworks made before and after coming to the United States in 1983, Li Huai's attention is divided between San Diego and her hometown of Beijing.
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September 23, 1998 |
Sixteen government officials from the Shaanxi province in China will begin a five-month advanced management training program today at Cal State Fullerton. The Shaanxi officials include mayors of counties and cities and directors of government-owned enterprises. "To accelerate economic development, China needs to train more government officials," said management science professor Shu-Jen Chen, who coordinates the program.
June 22, 2000 |
Dutch police on Wednesday arrested the owner of a trucking firm that carried 58 illegal Chinese immigrants to their deaths in an unventilated truck. An attorney said the vehicle was so full that eight other stowaways were turned away. Arie van der Spek, 24, surrendered to police in the Dutch port of Rotterdam on Tuesday night, the third person in custody in the suffocation deaths of the immigrants, who were found Sunday by inspectors in the British port of Dover. Two immigrants survived.
July 24, 2003 |
Nearly 40 Chinese refugees who fled their homeland 10 years ago aboard a freighter will not be deported while they seek amnesty from Congress, a federal immigration official says. That protection, while temporary, marks a major victory for the 38 refugees, who have lived in daily fear of being sent back to China as they seek permanent U.S. residency. They are the last of more than 300 Chinese aboard the rickety freighter who are still trying to resolve their residency status.