95-year-old Li Xiufen， looking very much un-dead.
- In this week’s totally insane China news, a 95-year-old woman thought dead climbed out of her own coffin after lying in it for six days! First thing she does? Raids the fridge.
- The new Economist ‘Analects’ China blog (which debuted this week after much deliberation over title) does a fascinating overview of their own China coverage over the past 150 or so years. Turns out China attitudes today at times don’t differ all that much from 1843.
- Shanghai is set to raise its minimum wage 13% to 1,450RMB in a effort to boost consumer spending and ease labor shortages.
- With all the controversy over China and Russia’s stance on Syria, The New Yorker asks “What does China see in Syria?”
- The rate of birth defects in China grew by an astounding 70% between 1996 and 2010, and now account for 4-6% of all births in China (compare that to the birth defect rate in the US of 0.68%).
- Cabbies may start striking again, this time in Beijing over rising fuel costs.
- Tom Lasseter gives us the skinny on what’s really going on in Panhe, the protest village where journalists investigating the story were attacked a few weeks back.
- Shanghai Talk examines the story behind a few bizarrely similar China book covers and titles.