August 17, 2013 |
FUPING, CHINA - Dong Genlao, a 24-year-old new father, was giddy over the birth of his child, a robust 8-pounder, until the obstetrician beckoned him into the hallway and lowered her voice. The newborn had a serious genital deformity and could never lead a normal life, she explained. "He is not completely male, but not female. It will bring shame on the family," whispered the doctor, Zhang Shuxia, a trusted family friend whom they affectionately called "Auntie. " "Don't worry," Dong recalled Zhang telling him. "Auntie can help you. " She advised that Dong and his mother give up the baby, euphemistically, to let him be euthanized, a fate common in China for disabled newborns.
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November 11, 2012 |
Han Suyin defiantly straddled two worlds decades before multiculturalism became fashionable. "We must carry ourselves with colossal assurance and say, 'Look at us, the Eurasians!' " the half-Chinese, half-Belgian physician and author whose career swept across continents and historic upheavals wrote in "A Many-Splendored Thing," the 1952 novel that made her an international celebrity. Her strongly autobiographical bestseller about war, cultural identity and love between a half-Chinese physician and a British journalist in Hong Kong spawned the blockbuster 1955 Jennifer Jones-William Holden movie "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing.
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.
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.