November 29, 2012 |
During the Henan famine 'of 1942-44, 10 million people fled the Chinese province and more than 3 million died, yet the disaster remains a lesser-known chapter of modern history. Using a broad, multi-character canvas, the handsomely shot drama "Back to 1942" depicts how the combination of war and a pathological level of government denial prolonged the drought-parched region's suffering. Director Feng Xiaogang captures the epic scale of the exodus as well as the often-harrowing details, yet emotional connection proves more elusive.
June 16, 1985 |
In China today, there are 2,000 professional table tennis coaches. In the United States there is only one. Henan Li Ai became the U.S. Table Tennis Assn.'s first full-time coach early this year. She and her husband, LiGuo Ai, also one of the world's top table tennis coaches, now make their home in the United States. In their native country, the Ais could not walk the streets without being recognized. "We had good jobs and a high social position," LiGuo said.
February 7, 2013 |
LIUYANG, China - The Lunar New Year is fast approaching in China, and that means big business for fireworks sellers like Liu Zhicheng. Liu is a wholesaler in this industrial city known as China's pyrotechnics capital, home to about a 1,000 companies churning out roman candles, spinners, bottle rockets, sparklers and more. Some of his bestsellers are red firecrackers the size of dynamite sticks. Called Thunder Kings, the noisemakers are so powerful they could easily trigger a block of car alarms.
December 14, 2012 |
BEIJING -- A man with a knife slashed 22 children and one adult outside an elementary school in Henan province Friday morning, China's worst such incident in more than a year. The attack was reminiscent of a spate of knife attacks on schoolchildren that took place across China in 2010. In most cases, the attackers were unemployed middle-aged men, leading to speculation that the assaults stemmed from economic and social discontent. Friday's attack occurred at about 7:40 a.m. as children were arriving outside the gate of Chenpeng Village's Wanquan Elementary School.
March 1, 1985 |
Specialized Systems Inc. said Thursday that it had agreed to be acquired by Hong Kong-based Tauran Industries pending Tauran's infusion of $12.5 million in capital into SSI over the next two years. The agreement with Tauran could be called off if the firm invests less than $12.5 million in SSI, and no new stock will be issued until then, according to Stephen J. Nemergut, chairman and president of the Carlsbad-based marketer of telecommunications devices for the deaf.
February 28, 1985 |
Zhang Zhongjing tonic wine is really an ideal drink, says the box around its porcelain container. It "keeps well men and women, old and young at all seasons." The makers, Nanyang Distillery of Henan province, launched an unusual promotion in Peking in early February, inviting 250 influential guests to a banquet at the Peking Hotel and linking their sales pitch to an exhibition staged at the Chinese Museum of History.