Without fanfare—indeed, with some misgivings about its new status—China has just overtaken the United States as the world’s largest economy.
What the Chinese education system can teach America about relying on test scores as the main metric of success.
On the world’s biggest polluter.
On frozen dumplings, industrial freezers, and what the future could hold after China’s burgeoning refrigeration boom.
Tracking a rumored gerbil infestation through China’s bureaucracy.
Authorities say an American electronics engineer committed suicide after working on a project involving a Chinese telecom giant. His family believes he was murdered.
An alleged rape and one woman’s futile quest for justice in modern China.
An obstetrician (and abortionist) makes the decision to marry. An excerpt from Wa, the most recent novel from this year's Nobel Prize in Literature winner.
"Aunty said that in all her years as a medical provider, traveling up and down remote paths late at night, she'd never once felt afraid. But that night she was terror-stricken."
An American enrolls in a Beijing ping-pong school. A series of humiliations ensue.
In mountainous Wenzhou “the emperor is far away” and the freest of markets reign.
How KFC brought fried chicken to China and Africa as U.S. sales slumped.
After years of avoiding the uncomfortable truths about how his gadgets are made, a Mac fanboy travels to Foxconn to see for himself.Update 3/16/12: This American Life retracted this story today after it was revealed to have "contained significant fabrications."
“We’re trying really hard to make things better,” said one former Apple executive. “But most people would still be really disturbed if they saw where their iPhone comes from.”
Previously: ”Apple, America and a Squeezed Middle Class”
On “If You Are the One”, the smash hit Chinese dating show that raised the ire of censors.
A doctor reveals widespread organ harvesting of prisoners in China.
The world’s fastest growing economy isn’t China; it’s the “unheralded alternative economic universe of System D” aka the $10 trillion global black market.
Portrait of a Chinese-American family living in New York.
On the railways of China and a trip aboard its latest spectacle, a $32 billion line carrying passengers between Shanghai and Beijing at 170 MPH.
Inside the lives of students at an elite Beijing high school in the months leading up to gaokao, literally “high test,” the national university admittance exam.
On a decade-long war:
Hackers from many countries have been exfiltrating—that is, stealing—intellectual property from American corporations and the U.S. government on a massive scale, and Chinese hackers are among the main culprits.
The CIA’s declassified account of the two decades two young officers spent as captives after being shot down over China during the Korean War.
On riding China’s Qinghai-Tibet Railway just before it opened:
Staring out at the shimmering tracks and concrete-reinforced embankment extending to the horizon, I can’t help but think of the senior Chinese scientist who confessed to me that the rail line he helped build might not be safe for long.
As China’s growing upper class has pushed the price of ivory above $700/pound, a look at both the supply and demand side of the global trade in (mostly) illicitly acquired elephant tusks.
We ate in our own restaurants, stayed in our own hotels, and hired our own guides. We moved through a parallel Paris—and a parallel Rome, Milan, and so on.
The reporter takes a whirlwind guided bus tour of a Europe with a group of Chinese tourists.
On former Knicks savior Stephon Marbury and his post-NBA life playing in China.
How the tapping of Angola’s natural resources has kept the country a killing field, and made it one of the world’s most glaringly inefficient kleptocracies.
The perilous routes through which information—video footage, secret documents, radio broadcasts—flow in and out of North Korea through its porous borders with China.
How the social networks that popped up in Facebook’s absence—the site is not available behind the Great Firewall—are changing Chinese culture.
The fever-dream life and death of Chinese poet Gu Cheng.
On boot camps designed to break kids of their web addiction.
A profile of Yao Ming published during his second season in the NBA.
Western execs on what it’s like to be taken over by a Chinese firm.
America, China, and the case for coal as a vital weapon in the war against climate change.
On China’s modern-day Communist Party and why foundational myths can never be shed.
Are we at war? The U.S. government’s evolving response to cyber security and its impact on privacy.
The world’s population is rapidly getting older. How China and other countries stocked with young workers are taking advantage.
Jimmy Lai, a Hong Kong tabloid tycoon, thinks he’s found the future of journalism: an animation assembly line that can crank out clips recreating–or anticipating, or imagining–breaking news.
The number one item confiscated by U.S. customs for four years in a row: fake shoes. As brands continue to crack down, counterfeiters continue to up their game.
An American, born into privilege, became a bootleg DVD kingpin in Shanghai and then, in an unprecedented development, landed in Chinese prison.
When members of China’s massive bulletin-board forums perceive wrongdoing, they form a “human flesh search engine” and seek out real world vigilante justice.
Both the Chinese government and private matchmakers are laboring to unite people who lost spouses and children in the earthquake.
From Hong Kong to Bangkok to the Golden Triangle, the author searches for something everyone says no longer exists: an opium den.
Las Vegas casinos operating in Macau rely on “junkets” to bring in the gambling elite, but the money and murder for hire trails lead straight to the Triads.
Working from a tiny shop in Chinatown, Sister Ping helped thousands of Chinese immigrate illegally by boat. By the time one of her ships ran aground, the F.B.I estimated her total profits at $40 million.
China is securing sub-Saharan Africa’s natural resources at a staggering rate. With the buying spree comes contracts, workers, and of course, politics. (Part 1 of a 6 part series, rest here)