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'Earthquake-proof' homes in Yunnan set new architectural standards

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:30:00 +0800

Sometimes brand new and modern is not the best answer. That was the lesson learned last year in northeast Yunnan, when a team of architects unveiled an innovative earthquake-proof home built almost entirely out of clay. Now, using grant money from a national relief fund, more of these spacious and award-winning houses are being built in a region that desperately needs them.


Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:50:00 +0800

Photographer Xue Bin (薛斌) is a recent transplant to Yunnan. Born and raised in Hebei province's capital Shijiazhuang (石家庄), he has spent the past several years traveling and taking photos of the people and places in China's vast western regions. His award-winning work has been published extensively in magazines of all sorts, including Vision China and National Geographic.

China cracks down on pyramid scheme "epidemic"

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:20:00 +0800

The headlines have been loud and slightly hysterical recently. The cover story of popular magazine Caixin features the gaping jaws of a great white and the words "Man Eaters" (吃人). It turns out this sort of hyperbole is not about imminent shark attacks, but instead concerns the predatory pyramid schemes — also known as multi-level marketing scams, or MLMs — sweeping across the country and bilking millions out of their hard-earned money.

Film Review: Animation

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:10:00 +0800

Not one year passes by without at least a few animations coming out. By now we're almost used to see 'just another' photo-realistic 3D animated film by well-known groups like Pixar, Dreamworks Animation, Walt Disney Animation Studios or Warner Animation. From time to time we're blessed with a 'tradigital feature' — a play on the words 'traditional' and 'digital' describing a celluloid or traditional animation which makes extensive use of computer technologies — from well-known studios such as the Japanese Studio Ghibli. Shown world-wide, these films have been entertaining people of all ages and they're also held in high esteem.

Kunming scientist works to change world with perennial rice

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:20:00 +0800

There are an estimated 300 million people engaged in some form of agriculture in China — a statistic almost equal to the total population of the United States. That number is almost impossible to fathom. Imagine the prospects if tens of millions of Chinese rice farmers suddenly had their workloads cut by half. What would the consequences be in terms national employment trends, in terms of new entrepreneurial opportunities, in terms of even more internal migration?

Report: Communally owned forests hold key to healthier China re-greening

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:55:00 +0800

Despite massive efforts at reforestation, China's native forests continue to be displaced by plantations. A new study by researchers from the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the Kunming Institute of Botany (KIB), Princeton University and Sun Yat-sen University argues that rural communities could help reverse this trend if they were given incentives to protect and restore native forests on their own land.

Interview: Brian Eyler on Baihetan, China's second largest dam

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0800

On August 3, amidst much fanfare and media coverage, work on China's newest monster dam officially commenced. The Baihetan Hydropower Station (白鹤滩水电站) straddles the upper reaches of the Yangtze River — otherwise known as the Jinsha (金沙) — where the country's mightiest waterway forms the border between the provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan. The construction area sits 260 kilometers due north of Kunming, and only 65 kilometers west of Ludian (鲁甸), site of a 6.5 magnitude earthquake in 2014.

Volunteering in Kunming's forgotten 'urban villages'

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 12:50:00 +0800

You've probably heard the term 'urban village' (城中村), but have you ever been to one in Kunming? Like many other big cities in China, these neighborhoods have been rapidly demolished to clear space for new high-rises. During the constant rain this month I dove into Kunming's urban villages and started my summer exploration as part of a team supported with a grant from Davis Projects for Peace.

Video: First sun bear spotted in Yunnan in 45 years

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 13:45:00 +0800

Zoologists working in China's border area with Myanmar announced for the first time in more than four decades that sun bears roam through and possibly live in Yunnan province. A brief infrared video shot in Dehong County (德宏) shows one of the animals stroll past a camera trap for less than ten seconds before wandering out of frame.

Film Review:

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 09:15:00 +0800

Pilgrimage — some do it for redemption, some for escape, and others for their parents. Yet many more for the blessing of all living things. — Behind the scenes DVD comments from film Paths Of The Soul