Escape from Shanghai Part 2: Xiamen

Part 3, Part 1 Finally we were in Xiamen, although 7 hours behind schedule thanks to China Eastern. We went outside and quickly found a taxi to take us into the city. Driving along Xiamen’s streets it was quite clear that the city is in the process of getting a massive …

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From Behind Enemy Lines: The Internet in China

Every now and then a news story about the repression of freedom of online information access, internet censorship, in China breaks the news in the West. Recently it was Google who posted a somewhat boring and definitely not newsworthy video about how their search engine, when searching Chinese phrases, gets …

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Shanghai Story 5: Sammy Feeds the Masses

Sammy Feeds the Masses Sammy moved to Shanghai, like so many others have over the last decade, for a better life. Born after the end of the civil war and becoming a man in Mao’s China hadn’t been an easy life to say the least. Now things were good though. …

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Shanghai Story 4: Mary’s English Lesson

Mary’s English Lesson Mary arrived at work early, the same as any other work day except this was her day off and her boss had asked it to work it again. “Don’t worry”, he had said, “You can replace your rest day with a work day next week.”, but this …

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Shanghai Story 3: Jerry Takes Control

Jerry Takes Control Another normal day greeted Jerry as he left his home in darkness. It was a 5 story walk-up where he slept in the same room he did as a kid, except now he was 25 and had to share it with his grandmother. He wore a long …

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Shanghai Story 2: Ruby’s Big Break

Ruby’s Big Break Ruby works for a local massage parlor, not the seedy pink lighted type, a real massage parlor that offers only massages. Coming from a humble countryside background, she immigrated to Shanghai at 17 to seek out work as her family couldn’t, or more accurately, wouldn’t afford to …

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Shanghai Story 1: Johnny Goes to Work

Johnny Goes to Work Outside, another grey day has broken through the night sky. The air is a particular shade of grey today tinged with yellow and resembles a mud puddle in the sky. It’s a typical Shanghai sky for another typical Shanghai day. Johnny raises his sleepy head from …

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