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China tries Tibetan language advocate featured in NY Times

BEIJING — An activist promoting the Tibetan language stood trial Thursday in western China for inciting separatism after he appeared in a documentary video produced by The New York Times, highlighting the risks that Chinese citizens often face when speaking to foreign media. Tashi Wangchuk's lawyer Liang Xiaojun told The Associated Press that a judge in Qinghai province heard oral arguments for four hours and will issue a verdict at an unspecified date. Tashi has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he could face a lengthy prison term. Liang says prosecutors presented evidence focused on a nine-minute video the Times made in 2015 that told of how Tashi tried to sue local officials for denying Tibetans language and culture education. The Times' website is blocked in China. Tashi was detained in January 2016, two months after The Times published its video and accompanying article. Liang said Tashi, who has been in jail for two years while awaiting trial, was treated well in detent..

Pixar's Coco has made more money in China than North America

Pixar’s Toy Story, Wall-E, and Finding Nemo are beloved in the US, but the iconic film studio has long struggled to replicate its stateside success in China. Its latest title, surprisingly, is changing that. Coco, the story of an aspiring Mexican musician who meets the ghosts of his ancestors, has struck a chord with Chinese audiences. According to EntGroup, a company that tracks China’s box office, the film has raked in $157.3 million in ticket sales in China since it opened on Nov. 24. That’s a hair above the $151.9 million it has generated to date in North American box office sales, which in the film industry refers to the US and Canada markets. That makes Coco the first Pixar film to perform better in China than at home. In contrast, Finding Dory, Pixar’s second-highest grossing film in China, raked in a fraction there of what it generated in the US. Coco no longer occupies top spot in China’s box office rankings, displaced there instead by a local film about a female dance troupe ..

Bamboo worlds: the beauty of Chinese aquaculture – in pictures

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Bamboo worlds: the beauty of Chinese aquaculture – in pictures The GuardianFull coverage

Carrie Gracie: BBC China editor praised for resigning £135000 post over 'illegal pay culture'

Dear BBC Audience, My name is Carrie Gracie and I have been a BBC journalist for three decades. With great regret, I have left my post as China Editor to speak out publicly on a crisis of trust at the BBC. The BBC belongs to you, the licence fee payer. I believe you have a right to know that it is breaking equality law and resisting pressure for a fair and transparent pay structure. In thirty years at the BBC, I have never sought to make myself the story and never publicly criticised the organisation I love. I am not asking for more money. I believe I am very well paid already - especially as someone working for a publicly funded organisation. I simply want the BBC to abide by the law and value men and women equally. On pay, the BBC is not living up to its stated values of trust, honesty and accountability. Salary disclosures the BBC was forced to make six months ago revealed not only unacceptably high pay for top presenters and managers but also an indefensible pay gap between men and..

China Tibetan Culture Picture Exhibition kicks off in Myanmar

Video PlayerClose YANGON, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- The 2017 China Tibetan Culture Picture Exhibition kicked off in Myanmar's Shwedagon Pagoda on Sunday afternoon. Present at the opening ceremony of the two-day exhibition were Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, Chairman of Yangon Region Parliament U Tin Maung Htun and other officials as well as eminent monks. Speaking at the ceremony, Chinese Ambassador Hong Liang expressed his belief that the exhibition will be a great opportunity for the Myanmar people to know more about tradition and culture of China's Tibet and it will strengthen the friendship between China's Tibet and Myanmar. U Sein Win Aung, chairman of the Myanmar-China Friendship Association (Central), said the exhibition aims to exchange culture, friendship and Buddhism between China's Tibet and Myanmar. It is the first time of visit to Myanmar for China's Tibetan Culture Delegation and the exhibition highlights the bilateral exchange of Buddhi..

China reconnects with the religion of Daoism, under the watchful eye of the Communist...

Related Story: Chinese Communist Party readies crackdown on Christianity In China, amid a backlash against the increasing wealth and rampant consumerism of the past several decades, people are turning to religion to find deeper meaning. Key points:Daoism takes in elements of calligraphy, medicine and Feng ShuiThe faith is 2,000 years oldIts revival is being tolerated by the Communist Party, for nowChristians are said to number 100 million in China but the biggest growth has been in traditional religions like Daoism. One key Daoist temple, the Central Peak in Beijing, has been restored, with a parade of Chinese martial artists, bands of symbol players and drummers celebrating the occasion. The 2,000-year-old Chinese faith of Daoism is a force once more. It's a celebration of harmony, a blending of opposites. The Communist Party tried to crush Daoism but now it's encouraged by the Government. Daoist elder Zhao Baoqi says Daoism is the first religion of China. "In civil society ..

Nepal's ambassador: Development through cultural ties

The China-Nepal Culture Salon last week marked a perfect conclusion for the two countries' cultural cooperation in the year of 2017. With very close historical and cultural links, the bilateral relationship of China and Nepal goes back over a thousand years. During this interview, Leela Mani Paudyal, Nepal's ambassador to China, summarizes the highlights of the culture salon, reviews the cultural achievements made by the two countries in recent years, and shares his understanding on the similarities between Nepalese and Chinese cultures. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Arkansas Chinese Lantern Festival

A Chinese bowl juggler is just one of the performers at the Chinese Lantern Festival this year. This is the first-ever Arkansas Chinese Lantern Festival. They have more than 30 lantern displays and a thousand LED lights. The display that gets the most attention is the enormous Dragon display—it’s more than 150 feet long, and they strive to make sure everyone has an enlightening and fun cultural and entertainment experience. Each display is hand made and custom built onsite by Chinese artisans who are keeping a centuries-old tradition alive. Chinese folk artists, dancers, acrobats perform nightly at 6:30 p.m. and at 8 p.m., with additional performances at 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Explore the ancient culture of China while learning about modern China as well. The festivities conclude January 14. There is be traditional Chinese handicraft demonstrations and a marketplace for Chinese souvenirs Learn more at ArkansasLanternFest.com Let's block ads! (Why?)

New Year elements in China's traditional culture

Video PlayerClose Recently, China issued a set of zodiac stamps to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year of the Dog. The theme for this round of zodiac stamps is "happy family," and the new stamps depict Chinese domestic dogs. The year 2018 marks Chinese "Wu Xu Year," the Year of the Dog. In fact, not only zodiac stamps, elements of Chinese New Year can be found in many forms of Chinese folk arts. Zodiac stamps for Year of the Dog A customer shows a first day cover with the newly issued zodiac stamp in Xicheng District of Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 5, 2018. China Post issued a set of special zodiac stamps for the Year of Dog with two different designs Friday. The Year of Dog, or Chinese traditional lunar New Year of this year, starts from Feb. 16. (Xinhua/Li He) China Post says the first stamp depicts a male dog with its chin up and its eyes straight ahead. Its two ears point upward, while its hind legs are forcefully thrust against the ground, ready to pounce on any int..

Forum held in Beijing to promote Chinese culture

Video PlayerClose BEIJING, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- More than 200 government officials, scholars, and representatives of non-governmental organizations from the mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan gathered in a forum in Beijing Wednesday to promote cultural innovation and develop Chinese culture. Chinese culture is the root and spirit connecting the people of the mainland and Taiwan, said Liu Jieyi, vice director of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, at the forum's opening ceremony. Liu called on compatriots from both sides of the strait to enhance mutual understanding of ethnic, cultural and national identity, and maintain the mutual spiritual bond between the two peoples. The cultural communication across the strait has lasted a long time and become increasingly active, even as cross-strait relations have gone through ups and downs since 1987, said Liu. Wang Yifu, president of the All-China Fe..

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