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Sixth Tone
Fresh voices from today's China — news, features & commentary from a human perspective. Also on Facebook, Instagram, WeChat, & YouTube.
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Sixth Tone 3h
"Lake Tai’s seiner communities are home to one of China’s most unique populations of Catholic converts. Now they face an uncertain future ashore, with only the bounds of faith and family tying them to their heritage."
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Beginning Jan. 1 next year, no “domestic dumping, piling-up, or handling of overseas waste” will be allowed, further tightening China’s restrictions on foreign garbage to protect the environment.
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“Whenever it rains, our room will flood. Mice, cockroaches, and slugs make frequent visits, so we have no choice but to raise two cats.” Shanghai residents will get new apartments in their original location instead of being moved to the city’s outskirts.
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Sixth Tone 12h
A notice from China’s media regulator suggests celebrities who get caught with drugs or prostitutes could be barred from the country’s booming livestreaming platforms, but some are worried about its vague wording.
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While factory owners and employees were given prison sentences of up to 20 years over the deadly explosion in Jiangsu province last March, punishments for the public servants held responsible ranged from seven to three years.
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Many Chinese parents pay foreign surrogates to have their children. But hundreds — and potentially thousands — of those infants are now trapped overseas. "It was meant to be the happiest year of my life, but it’s turned out to be incredibly stressful."
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Sixth Tone 23h
November 30 is the Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare. Almost 75 years on, Japanese chemical weapons continue to haunt Northeast China. Check out Sixth Tone's interactive article and documentary on the survivors’ battle for justice.
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Sixth Tone Nov 29
“Versailles literature” went viral thanks to social media posts by a Weibo blogger. Known for sharing regular updates of her charmed life and romantic anecdotes involving her hunky husband, she flexed like a Venice Beach bodybuilder. Read more:
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Sixth Tone Nov 29
"There are too many uncontrollable factors embedded in China's health care system to make cancer screenings reliable," said Wu Yuehan, a doctoral candidate in gender studies and anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
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Sixth Tone Nov 29
Why China’s Methane-Spewing Farms Are a Hidden Climate Risk Agriculture has long been an overlooked source of greenhouse gases. Now, with China upping its climate pledges, researchers are looking for ways to bring down emissions. Read more:
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Sixth Tone Nov 29
The “Book of Odes” — an over 2,500-year-old collection of Chinese poetry — begins with a waterside scene: Guan-guan go the ospreys, / On the islet in the river. Photographer Sui Taca tried to capture scenes from the classic poetry on film. Read more:
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Sixth Tone Nov 28
The smooth engine that is China’s express delivery industry — employing more than 3 million drivers handling billions of packages every month — is showing warning lights, as cutthroat competition crushes the incomes of couriers.
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Sixth Tone Nov 28
A hundred years ago, Peking University admitted its first female students after a successful open letter campaign. Their fights for acceptance — and experiences on campus — still resonate today. Learn more:
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Sixth Tone Nov 28
In October, Chen Yuxing traveled across eastern China and photographed 13 graduates of the pandemic era, each of whom shared their story. “For me, this visual archive of the graduates of 2020 is important and precious.” See more:
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Sixth Tone Nov 28
In tech-savvy China, the elderly are being left behind. A 94-year-old woman was lifted up by her son to use a facial-recognition system. Another elderly woman was rejected when she tried to use cash to pay for her medical insurance.  Read more:
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Sixth Tone Nov 28
Thirty-five years ago, a Bouyei ethnic minority member was trafficked across China to a faraway village where nobody spoke her language. After 35 long, nameless years, she had heard her name called out for the first time.
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Sixth Tone Nov 28
Photographer Sui Taca spent years flying between the U.S. and China, where he crisscrossed the country in search of mountains and rivers to create “Odes” — an epic photography project reproducing scenes from an ancient Chinese classic.
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Sixth Tone Nov 27
India banned another 43 Chinese apps on Tuesday, bringing the total up to 220 apps; and the positive rate of nationwide sampling of imported frozen food for COVID-19 is 0.0048. Here’s more of the week’s news in numbers:
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Sixth Tone Nov 27
In October, nonprofit worker Xiao Ka curated “Pity Party” — an art exhibition in Shanghai that seeks to spark a mutually supportive exchange between mental health practitioners and advocates.
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Sixth Tone Nov 27
Physicians have been criticized domestically and abroad for prescribing redundant cervical cancer tests. But at Chinese hospitals, over-examination is the natural outcome of a deeply flawed and untrustworthy medical system.
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