They say the rise of China will be the biggest story of the 21st century. And for five days in April of 2008, On Point headed straight into the heart of that story.
Once upon a time, just a few decades ago, the United States saw Communist China as a revolutionary threat, but a revolution with barefoot soldiers. Then came China’s opening, and the U.S. saw a billion Chinese customers. It turns out, Americans were the big customers. Now China is getting rich, and, some say, leading a [...]
On Point broadcast live in 2008 from Shanghai, where one of the topics we took up was political dissent. With Liu Xiaobo’s 2010 Nobel Peace Prize bringing attention again to this issue, it’s worth listening back to our conversation, on Chinese soil.
The terrible story behind the story of China’s economic boom is the astounding environmental devastation that has come with it. China’s air, China’s rivers, even China’s seas, are deadly and dying. Half a billion Chinese do not have access to safe drinking water. Problem is, the boom and the environmental crisis are two sides of [...]
The city of Shanghai is home to 18 million people. Beijing, 17 million. New York City, a mere 8 million. And the hi-rises in China keep going up. To put our finger on the pulse of big city life in China, we’re turning to American-educated Chinese media mogul Hong Huang, a woman who’s been called [...]
The Chinese Communist Party is riding a tiger. It’s big, powerful, and deeply entrenched. It’s also hanging on to a booming nation where dog-eat-dog capitalism rules, rivers are poisoned, labor unrest and poverty are very real, and China’s boom itself creates challenges to the regime. The face the Party shows the world is monolithic. But [...]
Once upon a time, in the Communist heyday of Mao Zedong, making movies in China was simple. You made the movies Mao wanted. Now, the Chinese say they’re on the “sixth generation” of filmmakers since Mao’s time. And making movies is complicated. Filmmakers have to juggle official censorship and rampant piracy and new box office [...]
If you think Wall Street’s been scary lately, take a look at Shanghai’s stock market. The Shanghai Composite Index is down 46 percent since last October. The Shanghai Daily headline again today: “China shares nosedive… panic selling reigns.” It takes a strong stomach to invest and do business in China. But a lot of Americans [...]
To be young and Chinese today — if you’re middle class or better, if you’re in a good school — is to be in a sweet spot by the standards of Chinese history. Young China is riding a boom, with booming dreams to match. And if we’re headed into the Chinese century, the hand that steers the wheel will be young Chinese students in college right now.
It is 115 days to the opening of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and everybody in China knows it. Countdown clocks to August 8th are all over this country — on every front page and TV screen and electronic billboard. In Beijing, the preparations have been monumental. A city, in many ways, remade. And [...]