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.
October 14, 2009 |
Nearly 1,000 children in a central Chinese province have tested positive for excessive levels of lead in blood. After reports of large-scale lead poisoning in Shaanxi province, the health bureau in the city of Jiyuan in Henan province tested 2,743 children. Signs of lead poisoning were found in 968 children who live near three smelters.
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.
September 29, 2010 |
It might be the most ambitious construction project in China since the Great Wall. The Chinese government is planning to reroute the nation's water supply, bringing water from the flood plains of the south and the snowcapped mountains of the west to the parched capital of Beijing. First envisioned by Mao Tse-tung in the 1950s and now coming to fruition, the South-North Water Diversion ? as it is inelegantly known in English ? has a price tag of more than $62 billion, twice as expensive as the famous Three Gorges Dam. It is expected to take decades to complete.
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.
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.