The average American might be surprised to learn that people in China feel fairly free to express their political opinions and, what’s more, many are not satisfied with specific civil and political rights. But these are among the surprising conclusions a University of Vermont political scientist has drawn from a research project he recently presented at three Asian universities.
By Lu Rucai, China Today staff writer
A survey among influential statesmen and entrepreneurs from 50 countries in connection with the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, headed by Feng Huiling, vice president of the Renmin University of China, confirm[ed] that the Great Wall is still the main sightseeing priority of visitors to China.
by Serri Gebert Fuller
The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), located in the heart of Manhattan’s Chinatown, is the leading museum dedicated to reclaiming, preserving and presenting the history and culture of Chinese people in the United States. Through its thought-provoking exhibits and programs, MOCA encourages dialogue among people of all cultural backgrounds.
A devastating earthquake which measured 8.0 on the Richter scale hit Sichuan Province on May 12, at 2:28 p.m. local time (May 11, 1:28 a.m. in Minnesota). As of May 21, the region had experienced over 7,000 aftershocks, some as strong as 6.0 on the Richter scale. The official report of victims of the earthquake as of noon on May 21 was grim: 41,353 dead, 274,683 injured, 32,666 missing. Experts estimate that the death toll will climb above 50,000. Not since 1976, when an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale hit Beijing, has an earthquake been so deadly. (The 1976 earthquake claimed over 240,000 lives and is considered the deadliest earthquake in modern history.)