The Hunnan Poverty Diet


Earlier this year, BC MLA Jagrup Brar tried to live off the $610 of a BC social assistance cheque. He discovered, not surprisingly, that it was a hungry and dispiriting ordeal. In discussion that followed, many articles quoted a Dietitians of Canada report that says a nutritious month’s food for a grown man costs $243. […]

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The Shadows of China Town

My professors liked to say that a journalist’s job is to speak for the little people, the people without a voice. I met a woman yesterday who speaks all the time, but nobody hears her. Her name is Mei. Mei lives in a tiny apartment on the outskirts of China Town. It smells deeply of […]

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The Scandal of the Zhang Ziyi Scandal

Singtao Daily

If you are not familiar with the story of Chinese movie star Zhang Ziyi and Apple Daily, then you should be. And that’s not just because it is a truly bizarre piece of tabloid celebrity baiting. The conflict between Zhang andĀ Apple is a drama about how power, law and publishing work in China — and […]

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Thanks for coming. If you are just joining us, you can still read all of my adventures in China on my old blog here. This new blog is going to be about exploring one of the most Chinese places on earth outside of China — Vancouver, British Columbia. I’ll let you know what I find. […]

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