China http://nwpr.org en A Former Prisoner Out Of Step With Modern China In 'Night Heron' http://nwpr.org/post/former-prisoner-out-step-modern-china-night-heron Adam Brookes' new novel, <em>Night Heron</em>, starts with an act of almost impossible bravery.<p>A man named Peanut escapes from a prison camp in north-western China. Peanut is a a powerfully-built man — despite his nickname — who witnessed the Cultural Revolution as a small boy, and whose father was an intellectual savaged by the Chinese regime.<p>Peanut grows up to become a ballistics expert, but joins the protests in Tiananmen Square, which gets him locked up in that prison camp for 20 years. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 18:29:00 +0000 NPR Staff 47928 at http://nwpr.org A Former Prisoner Out Of Step With Modern China In 'Night Heron' 'Night Heron' And 'The Director' Provide A Double Shot Of Intrigue http://nwpr.org/post/night-heron-and-director-provide-double-shot-intrigue I suppose it's preaching to the converted to announce that David Ignatius has done it again. But here he is, having written yet another deeply engaging spy thriller, rooted at that point where the intricacies of the intelligence community and the everyday world of civilians converge. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:39:00 +0000 Alan Cheuse 46964 at http://nwpr.org 'Night Heron' And 'The Director' Provide A Double Shot Of Intrigue Magic From The Margins In Long-Awaited 'Long Hidden' http://nwpr.org/post/magic-margins-long-awaited-long-hidden As I was growing up, the fantasy worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis provided a way to escape a childhood I wasn't quite sure I would survive. Myth is powerful stuff; it opened doorways to alternate realities that helped me see more clearly the twisted power lines that dictated my upbringing. Thu, 29 May 2014 16:19:10 +0000 Nancy Hightower 46678 at http://nwpr.org Magic From The Margins In Long-Awaited 'Long Hidden' China Turns To Africa For Resources, Jobs And Future Customers http://nwpr.org/post/china-turns-africa-resources-jobs-and-future-customers China's economic engagement in Africa can be measured in dollars — for instance, the $71 million airport expansion contract in Mali, funded by American foreign aid, that went to a Chinese construction firm.<p>More remarkably, it can be measured in people: More than a million Chinese citizens have permanently moved to Africa, buying land, starting businesses and settling among local populations.<p>Journalist Howard French, who spent years reporting on Africa and China for <em>The</em> <em>New York Times</em> and <em>The Washington Post, </em>has a new book that looks at these trends. Tue, 27 May 2014 18:54:00 +0000 editor 46566 at http://nwpr.org China Turns To Africa For Resources, Jobs And Future Customers Book News: Was Hong Kong Publisher's 10-Year Sentence Political Payback? http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-was-hong-kong-publishers-10-year-sentence-political-payback <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>A Chinese court has sentenced Hong Kong publisher Yiu Mantin to 10 years in prison for smuggling chemicals. But family members say that isn't the real reason behind Wednesday's sentence. Yiu had planned to publish a book by dissident writer Yu Jie that was critical of Chinese President Xi Jinping, and his family says that the book is what drew the regime's ire. Fri, 09 May 2014 11:13:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 45655 at http://nwpr.org Climate Model Shows Pollution In Asia Influences Weather Worldwide http://nwpr.org/post/climate-model-shows-pollution-asia-influences-weather-worldwide <p>Pollution in Asia can influence weather over much of the world. Those are the findings from a new climate study from northwest researchers, who teamed up with researchers from Texas.</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:34:03 +0000 Courtney Flatt 44730 at http://nwpr.org Climate Model Shows Pollution In Asia Influences Weather Worldwide China Wants Better Testing For Arsenic In US Shellfish Exports http://nwpr.org/post/china-wants-better-testing-arsenic-us-shellfish-exports <p>For the first time, U.S. officials reported on recent meetings in Beijing to discuss China's ban on shellfish imports from most of the West Coast.</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:46:46 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 43542 at http://nwpr.org China Wants Better Testing For Arsenic In US Shellfish Exports China Exporting More Than Just Goods To US http://nwpr.org/post/china-exporting-more-just-goods-us <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The goods produced in China and sold to the U.S. come at an environmental cost, according to a new study. Scientists are linking air pollution in the Western United States to China’s booming exports.</span></p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:25:28 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 40301 at http://nwpr.org Washington Officials Say Shellfish Are Safe To Export http://nwpr.org/post/washington-officials-say-shellfish-are-safe-export <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington health officials have been testing shellfish from an area believed to be contaminated with arsenic. China banned all imports of shellfish from much of the west coast after finding high levels of arsenic in </span>geoduck<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> clams harvested near Tacoma in October.</span></p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 15:12:53 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 39729 at http://nwpr.org Washington Officials Say Shellfish Are Safe To Export In Fast-Changing China, Reality Can Overtake Fiction http://nwpr.org/post/fast-changing-china-reality-can-overtake-fiction One of the challenges of writing about China is the country moves fast — sometimes faster than the publishing business. Take <em>Enigma of China</em>, the latest detective novel by Chinese-American author Qiu Xiaolong.<p>In one scene, Qiu's main character, Inspector Chen, sits in a Shanghai restaurant scanning a hotel where government agents are holding a corrupt official in secret detention.<p>Recently, Qiu took me on a tour of the book's real-life settings, including the site of that eatery.<p>"It's a restaurant with a red lantern, so it's lovely," recalls Qiu, returning to the spot. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 15:57:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 39646 at http://nwpr.org In Fast-Changing China, Reality Can Overtake Fiction