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Environmentalist takes rural-first strategy to improve China's recycling

Every three or four days, Chen Liwen leaves home with a little hand trowel and a bag of carefully sorted kitchen waste.
Source: Global Times | 2017/12/7 19:43:40

Young student starts a sex ed program for her peers

When Yao Sifan was a child she would ask her mother where babies came from and always got the same answer, “You will know when you grow up.” She says she never had sex education classes at school, and it wasn't until she was 15 that she accidently got a rude awakening.
Source: Global Times | 2017/11/30 20:10:53

Volunteer narrates flicks so the visually impaired can feel the action

For a lucky few non-sighted people in Beijing, Saturday is film day in a courtyard cinema in Xicheng district.
Source: Global Times | 2017/11/24 0:10:45

Stardom in the States

Jing Yongtai, one of thousands of Chinese-language teachers in New York City, has suddenly found herself in the spotlight.
Source: Global Times | 2017/11/17 5:03:39

Community champion seeks to support children left behind by imprisoned parents

Now going on 30, Peng is trying to help children in that area who have befallen the same fate, the so-called "drug orphans." He knows what these children need, physically and psychologically, and volunteers to help them through his NGO.
Source: Global Times | 2017/11/10 5:03:40

Chinese dancer's Hindi moves prove a hit with Indian fans

She slithers onto the podium to the beat of a Hindi number, her lithe frame twirling into a classic Bollywood pose.
Source: Global Times | 2017/11/2 21:00:24

Going Solo

Yang Xiaolong, a driver in a rented car for a ride-hailing app in Jiaxing, a small city in East China's Zhejiang Province, has no idea when he'll make enough money to continue his journey.
Source: Global Times | 2017/10/26 21:44:06

Elderly couple devote retirement to bringing couples together

Since their retirement, Chen and Lan have made matchmaking their sole enterprise. From 63 years ago when Lan acted as a go-between, till today, they have matched 1,740 couples free of charge. Their nationwide reputation for honesty and efficiency has earned them the crown of "super matchmakers."
Source: Global Times | 2017/10/12 18:00:33

As tensions rise on the peninsula, Korean War veteran recalls the cruelty of battle

Although the Chinese public generally take a harsher attitude toward North Korea for its sporadic nuclear tests, some veterans who fought in the Korean War think differently.
Source: Global Times | 2017/9/28 23:29:27

Japanese octogenarian battles to spread knowledge of Unit 731

“As long as I'm still alive and able to talk, I won't stop telling the truth and advocating for peace,” said Japanese Yamabe Yukiko.
Source: Global Times | 2017/9/21 20:55:03

Entrepreneur raises millions of bugs to tackle food waste problem

After being ground, waste food is pumped into glass containers in the plant through a pipe, then devoured by millions of cockroaches.
Source: Global Times–People's Daily | 2017/9/14 20:40:29

Chinese activist goes undercover to fight China-Africa ivory smuggling

Huang Hongxiang remembers the first time he went undercover as a researcher for animal protection NGO Eagle Network, when he pretended to be a merchant from Hong Kong and came face to face with a smuggler in Uganda.
Source: Global Times | 2017/9/8 5:03:40

Ex-businessman makes it his mission to improve country's toilets

Although he has been jokingly nicknamed by media as "China's Mr Toilet," Qian Jun insists that toilets are no trivial matter and that he will continue to fight for improved toilets for the country over the next 30 years.
Source: Global Times | 2017/9/1 5:03:39

Architecture student decodes the myth of 'modern gods' in village

“I've been chosen by history,” said Xu Teng, a student from Tsinghua University. He stands at the center of the stage and solemnly introduces himself to the audience at Yixi, a speech sharing platform similar to TedX.
Source: Global Times | 2017/8/24 23:26:12

Monk who persuades women not to have abortion and helps raise kids now at loggerheads with government

Over the last month at a maternity hospital in Nantong, East China's Jiangsu Province, four women have given birth accompanied by a shaven-headed man wearing a grey gown. He was not a hospital worker, or one of their relatives, but Master Daolu, the abbot of Wanshan Temple in the city.
Source: Global Times | 2017/8/15 22:50:08

Veteran lawyer brushes off criticism of being a 'toady,' 'fence-sitter'

His supporters praise him for pushing forward China's legal advancement. His opponents criticize him for being a "fence-sitter" who curries favor with the government. Chen Youxi is probably the country's most controversial and divisive lawyer.
Source: Global Times | 2017/8/11 22:22:34

Eccentric student a litmus test for Chinese society's tolerance for performance art

It was one of the few roads in Beijing named after a person. It was also one of the most short-lived names that a road has ever had. The street was “Geyu Lu,” a four-kilometer stretch near an affluent neighborhood in Beijing's Chaoyang district. It's also the name of Ge Yulu, a 27-year-old art student hailing from Hubei Province who successfully fooled Baidu and Google maps and Chinese road authorities into naming a road after him by sticking fake street signs on unnamed streets in Beijing.
Source: Global Times | 2017/8/3 19:35:33

Japanese star tackles China's soccer shortcomings at youth level

For Japanese football player Takashi Rakuyama, the decision to set up a training school for Chinese kids after ending his professional football career in 2013 came naturally.
Source: Global Times | 2017/7/27 19:55:00