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.
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.
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.
October 1, 2011 |
There are no highways running through this impoverished rural county. Children study in dilapidated schoolhouses. On many streets, you're just as likely to run into a chicken as you are a pedestrian. Yet the Wangjiang local government is constructing a headquarters on a slab of land the size of the Pentagon building — a sprawling edifice of granite and glass with a $10-million price tag in a county where the average resident earns $639 a year. "The government building is so grand, but at the same time, many people are still living in poverty here," said Ye Daoman, a local farmer and activist.
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.