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It was macabre down south. Fourteen Foxconn factory employees attempted suicide, shedding light on the awful labor camp like conditions the workers were forced to deal with. With such bad publicity, Foxconn had their workers sign non-suicide pacts, raised wages and started issuing mandatory days off but these improvements came only after ten lives were lost.
Shanghai’s landmark Jing’an Temple got a little makeover as a new tower was added to its premises and things took a somber turn when we received news that restaurateur, Gary Heyne (of the Boxing Cat Breweries), suddenly passed away.
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After what must’ve been a long an excruciating 312 days without internet, the government admitted that the world wide web is uh, kinda like, important andXinjiang finally got it’s internet connection back.
Someone or several someones really have it in for small Chinese schoolchildren. Our kindergartens suffered a series of attacks A man hacked to death a teacher, several students, and injured around a dozen more at a school in Shaanxi after a property dispute and in a separate instance a kindergarten in Jiangsu had 200 of it’s students poisoned.
Just so you know, if you bring a health problem to the attention of authorities, the Chinese government probably won’t react kindly. This month, they were 2 for 2 for shooting the messenger Chief Editor Bao Yuehang of the China Economic Times was given the sack for defending reporter, Wang Keqin’s investigation of a failure to refrigerate vaccines which caused four deaths and at least 74 others to fall ill. Meanwhile, HIV/AIDS activist Wan Yanhai fled the country altogether after increasing intimidation from authorities.
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- What’s there to do in Chongming? We can tell you.
- We learned from Wokai how yoga can help rural farmers
- It was the start of China’s Got Talent mania
- A few weirdoes made headlines: There was that one guy who ate 1500 light bulbs (1500 of them, in fact) and the acupuncturist who stuck 206 flag needles in his head to celebrate the expo
- Lest we forget how fashionable us Shanghai ren are, our city was featured in Dior’s ad campaign
Hope you’re not PDA-averse because we puckered up for the Great Global Kiss
Blast from the past: archeologists uncover Three Kingdoms period general, Cao Xiu’s tomb