Archive for Category: "Global China"
Wei Bairang couldn’t help but be intrigued when she was given a handout during English Corner, a weekly English conversation club at Beijing’s Renmin University: “Beware of Virgins – they increase divorce rates!”
A handful of schools in Beijing like Xin Xin take on the task of educating the more than 500,000 children of the 6.5 million migrant workers living in the city who cannot afford to attend public school. According to 2010 census data, one out of every three Beijing residents is a migrant worker and it is one of the fastest growing cities in China.
Sunrise, June 3: A phalanx of People’s Liberation Army soldiers marched in quick step from Beijing’s Forbidden City, escorting the Chinese national flag onto the broad expanse of Tiananmen Square. Despite the early hour, thousands of onlookers watched as the crack, green-suited honor guard hoisted the colors.
The world of loans, interest rates and rising tuition costs is not entirely unknown in China. The Ministry of Education reported a total student debt from loan contracts totaling 52.41 billion RMB ($8.1 billion) since 1999. Yet according to the U.S. Federal Reserve, Americans have accumulated a total student loan debt of $900 billion, or nearly 111 times larger.
With a cigarette in one hand, Tao Lei navigated a playlist on his laptop with the other. Sporting black jeans and a T-shirt with the logo of the Finnish metal band HIM, the 20s-something shop owner sat surrounded by guitars in his 9 by 15 foot slice of Beijing’s Xinjieko musical instrument district.