Louisa Lim http://news.stlpublicradio.org en For China's Youth, A Life Of 'Darkness Outside The Night' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chinas-youth-life-darkness-outside-night Xie Peng, a 36-year-old Chinese graphic novelist, spent six years working on his first book, <a href="http://www.npr.org/books/titles/187048382/darkness-outside-the-night"><em>Darkness Outside the Nigh</em><em>t</em></a>. It's been praised by China's first Nobel laureate for literature, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/10/11/162703689/mo-yans-hallucinatory-realism-wins-lit-nobel">Mo Yan</a>, as inspiring people on how to deal with life.<p>It's a psychological journey into the world of young Chinese: a world of competition, stress and anxiety, but not necessarily one of politics. Wed, 29 May 2013 17:35:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 26850 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org For China's Youth, A Life Of 'Darkness Outside The Night' China's Artist Provocateur Explores New Medium: Heavy Metal http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chinas-artist-provocateur-explores-new-medium-heavy-metal The man <em>ArtReview</em> magazine named the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/10/13/141325325/artreview-names-chinas-ai-weiwei-most-powerful-person-in-the-art-world">most powerful artist in the world</a> is trying his hand at rock stardom. In 2011, the Chinese artist <a href="http://aiweiwei.com/">Ai Weiwei</a> spent 81 days in detention. He was later let go and <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/11/01/141899783/chinese-authorities-send-outspoken-artist-ai-weiwei-a-2-4-million-tax-bill">charged with tax evasion</a>. Wed, 22 May 2013 17:17:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 26637 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org China's Artist Provocateur Explores New Medium: Heavy Metal Five Years After A Quake, Chinese Cite Shoddy Reconstruction http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/five-years-after-quake-chinese-cite-shoddy-reconstruction Five years after the massive Wenchuan quake in China's Sichuan province left about 90,000 dead and missing, allegations are surfacing that corruption and official wrongdoing have plagued the five-year-long quake reconstruction effort.<p>The official press is <a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/indepth/2013-05/13/c_132377883.htm%20">full of praise</a> for how "all Chinese have a reason to be proud of what the concerted efforts of the entire nation achieved in creating a new life for the survivors."<p>But an NPR investigation shows that behind the impressive facade the old problems still Mon, 13 May 2013 19:05:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 26348 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Five Years After A Quake, Chinese Cite Shoddy Reconstruction Chasing The Chinese Dream — If You Can Define It http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chasing-chinese-dream-if-you-can-define-it Forget about the American dream. Nowadays, the next big thing is the Chinese dream. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 18:47:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 25904 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Chasing The Chinese Dream — If You Can Define It From Police Chief To Political Office, Jobs Are For Sale In China http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/police-chief-political-office-jobs-are-sale-china China's new president, Xi Jinping, who was formally elected Thursday, is already engaged in his own anti-corruption campaign, threatening to go after the key players — the tigers as well as the flies.<p>Confronting the issue is a matter of political self-interest and survival for China's new leaders. The problem is how to root out corrupt officials when so many are quite literally invested in the system.<p>Consider the case of Huang Yubiao, a Chinese real estate millionaire with a charitable streak. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 19:36:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 10249 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org From Police Chief To Political Office, Jobs Are For Sale In China National People's Congress Opens, Prepares For Leadership Change http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/national-peoples-congress-opens-prepares-leadership-change Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. As he prepares to step down, China's prime minister today delivered his version of a state of the union address. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 10:18:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 9883 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'China's Leonard Cohen' Calls Out Political Corruption http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chinas-leonard-cohen-calls-out-political-corruption Zuoxiao Zuzhou is a Chinese singer whose accented, croaky voice is hardly ever in tune. But for his fans he's the voice of a generation — one of the very few voices who dare to speak out. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 08:20:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 9403 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'China's Leonard Cohen' Calls Out Political Corruption American Woman Gives Domestic Abuse A Face, And Voice, In China http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/american-woman-gives-domestic-abuse-face-and-voice-china The faces of American Kim Lee and her Chinese husband, Li Yang, both in their 40s, once graced the covers of books that sold in the millions. Thu, 07 Feb 2013 20:03:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 9089 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org American Woman Gives Domestic Abuse A Face, And Voice, In China 'Friends' Will Be There For You At Beijing's Central Perk http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/friends-will-be-there-you-beijings-central-perk Almost a decade since the end of the hit American TV series <em>Friends</em>, the show — and, in particular, the fictitious Central Perk cafe, where much of the action took place — is enjoying an afterlife in China's capital, Beijing. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:19:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 8622 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'Friends' Will Be There For You At Beijing's Central Perk Become A Successful Chinese Bureaucrat, In 5 Easy Steps http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/become-successful-chinese-bureaucrat-5-easy-steps Forget <em>Fifty Shades of Grey</em>. In China, "bureaucracy lit" is flying off bookstore shelves. With the books' stories of Machiavellian office politics, they're read avidly, both as entertainment and as how-to guides for aspiring civil servants.<p>So what is the secret to success in the corridors of power?<p>Here is a five-point guide to success, with tips gleaned from the pioneers of bureaucracy lit.<p><strong>Lesson 1: Cultivate your connections.</strong><p>A friend of mine is a lower-level civil servant. His boss had a passion for soccer. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 08:20:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 8165 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Become A Successful Chinese Bureaucrat, In 5 Easy Steps