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Digging up your roots

On the 200-meter-long “innovation street” in China's equivalent of Silicon Valley, where a cluster of Internet start-ups strive to produce the technology and services of the future, a store promoting traditional Chinese filial piety by helping people trace their roots sticks out like a sore thumb.
Source: Global Times | 2015/11/20 5:03:02

79-year-old artist's buff physique brings him fame

On any given workday, most of the people working out at the DTJX Fitness center in Changping district, Beijing are retirees. When one grey-haired man comes out of the swimming pool, showing off his muscular physique and male-model good looks, it's hard for the other members not to admire him. It's even harder to believe that he is 79 years old.
Source: Global Times | 2015/11/13 5:03:01

Returning doctor explores field of head transplants

The patient probably didn't know that her doctor, apart from offering consultation to patients on normal bone and spinal injuries, harbored an ambitious plan – to transplant human heads. Since 2013, at his lab in the Harbin Medical University, the 53-year-old Harbin native and his team of around 20 have already conducted hundreds of hours-long head transplants, using over 1,000 mice, in an effort to find ways to prolong their lives after they awoke from surgery
Source: Global Times | 2015/11/6 5:03:01

A Russian-Chinese woman witnesses the ups and downs of the two nations' ties

It was a sunny August day in Moscow when three shuttle buses stopped at Red Square. A group of women were the first of the dozens of tourists to step off the buses. Though their appearances were barely different from those of ordinary Russians, they were, in fact, Chinese citizens, aged between 50 to 80.
Source: Global Times | 2015/10/30 5:03:02

Beijing a top spot for birdwatching, says British conservationist

Most people think of Beijing as a densely-populated metropolis that is home to several scenic spots and historical sites, but few realize that it's also a great place for birdwatching. Terry Townshend, a British birdwatcher and conservationist, has spent the past five years proving this fact, spotting more than 380 bird species out of the 460 that have been sighted in the Chinese capital, more than London, Washington DC, Moscow and Tokyo.
Source: Global Times | 2015/10/23 5:03:01

Reporter Liu Hu has his name cleared after a year behind bars

After being arrested following his reports on the misconduct of several high-ranking officials on social media, investigative reporter Liu Hu was recently declared innocent when prosecutors in Beijing decided not to bring any charges against him.
Source: Global Times | 2015/10/16 5:03:02

Actress Yuan Li turns to activism after successful screen career

Actress Yuan Li found an answer in the public sphere, where she started to involve herself actively.
Source: Global Times | 2015/10/9 5:03:01

Director sues SARFT after his LGBT movies were removed from Internet

Fan Popo recently became the topic of conversation again after a court accepted his case on September 14 against the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), which he said had made video websites take down his movies about the homosexual community.
Source: Global Times | 2015/9/29 5:03:02

French art expert battles to bring looted relics back to China

That compatriot was Bernard Gomez, a French art dealer and expert on Asian art, who has devoted much of his time over the past decade to tracking, stopping the sales and fighting for the restitution of stolen or looted Chinese artifacts in Europe. These efforts include intervening in the auction in 2009 of two Chinese bronze fountainheads looted during the sack of the Summer Palace in 1860.
Source: Global Times | 2015/9/25 5:03:02

Engineer finds new calling on Tibetan plateau

Xiong Yang, 55, never expected that a driving tour of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau 13 years ago would help him find his life's calling. He was one of the first professional waste management volunteers to analyze, classify, evaluate garbage on the plateau and he has helped build China's second NGO ecological center on the plateau.
Source: Global Times | 2015/9/18 5:03:01

Officially out

Tao, probably the first civil servant to have come out as gay in China, has never been shy in expressing his views. From confronting his superiors over corruption to sharing details of his private life, including nude photos and his one-night stand experiences, he has always been candid on social media and in front of the cameras.
Source: Global Times | 2015/9/11 5:03:01

Top scientist shows how smog amplified flooding in SW China

While it is widely known that smog is hazardous to your health, scientists have recently discovered that air pollution can also result in extreme weather conditions such as floods and droughts.
Source: Global Times | 2015/9/3 5:03:01

Lesbian college student sues Ministry of Education for biased information on LGBT groups in textbooks

Before a new school year started at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, Qiu Bai (pseudonym) received some good news. Last week, a court in Beijing accepted her lawsuit against China's Ministry of Education over Chinese textbooks that describe homosexuality as a “psychological disorder.” Even though no timeline has been set yet for the trial, many consider this a big step forward.
Source: Global Times | 2015/8/28 5:03:01

Remembering a hero

Zhang Yawen, 71, has recently published another anti-war book, which she believes is a remedy and extension to her 2002 novel A Chinese Woman at Gestapo Gunpoint.
Source: Global Times | 2015/8/21 5:03:01

Interpreter recalls tumult of WWII on China-Burma Road

Unlike most soldiers from the Chinese Expeditionary Force during WWII who fought in the China-Burma-India theater (CBI) whose names have been lost to history, Chen Yuanrui is still around to tell his story. Chen, 95 and thin, has a bookshelf stuffed with books related to WWII and the CBI.
Source: Global Times | 2015/8/14 5:03:01

Activist challenges perceptions of Chinese immigrants in US

Every time Connie Young Yu, 74, walks on what remains of the Transcontinental Railroad, she is moved to tears. The 3,200-kilometer railway, built between 1863 and 1869, linked the eastern United States to the western part of the country. Over 12,000 Chinese laborers undertook this dangerous and difficult work. Around 1,200 laborers died in the process.
Source: Global Times | 2015/8/7 5:03:01

Film details journey of China's first Tibetan Olympian

Audiences have described it as breathtaking and heartwarming.On July 19, a movie dedicated to the spirit of sports on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau was shown at the closing ceremony of the Beijing Sports Film Festival. The astonishing scenery in the film was one of the things that attracted audiences most. The film reaches the climax when a girl runs around the Qinghai Lake and across mountains, winning a standing ovation for the film and its director Ke Ke from many viewers.
Source: Global Times | 2015/7/31 5:03:01

Taiwan mother of transsexual man helps mainland parents learn to accept their kids

Not many people know the real name of “Mama Kuo.” She has not been referred to by her real name for 11 years now. But she is respected just the same, and has a strong influence over many young people.
Source: Global Times | 2015/7/24 5:03:01