Zachary Lown's blog http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/blogs/zachary-lown en Young Communist Dreams of a Job in Corporate China http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/young-communist-dreams-a-job-corporate-china <p>After enduring a rigorous, yearlong application process, Wu Qiong, 22, was admitted as a member of the Chinese Communist Party. The selection committee responsible for Wu’s university, the Beijing-based China Institute of Defense, Science and Technology, deemed her “morally righteous, loyal to the Communist Party, and a sharp thinker.” Wu was appointed to head the Women's Department of the student union before graduating in 2007. Though she is still a member of the Communist Party, Wu says that politics bore her and she wants to work for a foreign company someday. </p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/young-communist-dreams-a-job-corporate-china">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/young-communist-dreams-a-job-corporate-china#comments Travel Diary Tue, 24 Jun 2008 03:56:34 -0600 Zachary Lown 370 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com The People's Streetball http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/the-peoples-streetball <p>Streetball at two of China’s major universities is a lot like how streetball in America was in the 1990s. Back then, the baddest move in the NBA was Tim Hardaway’s “Killer Crossover.” Playing pickup at two schools, one in Xian and the other in Hangzhou, the meanest moves I encountered were a well-played stutter step and a driving-hanging-jumper, both effective in their own right.</p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/the-peoples-streetball">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/the-peoples-streetball#comments Travel Diary Thu, 19 Jun 2008 04:55:28 -0600 Zachary Lown 278 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com Mantra of Success http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/mantra-success <p>The national television game show Outlook English, in which Chinese youth compete to demonstrate their English language skills, has taken on an American Idol-like popularity. The show was originally conceived to raise the level of spoken English in anticipation of the 2008 Olympics. More than 20,000 teenage contestants entered this year's competition. By May 31 the field had narrowed to three finalists who went head-to-head for the championship at a China Central Television studio in Beijing. </p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/mantra-success">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/mantra-success#comments Travel Diary Beijing The New Citizen Tue, 17 Jun 2008 02:02:19 -0600 Zachary Lown 178 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com In Rural China Enterprising Villagers Are Elected to Leadership http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/in-rural-china-enterprising-villagers-are-elected-leadership <p>“Everything for the peasant!,” proclaims village head Ding Jingang, as trailed by his entourage, he strides down the main road of Tihucun, a rural community located in Shaanxi province in central China.</p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/in-rural-china-enterprising-villagers-are-elected-leadership">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/in-rural-china-enterprising-villagers-are-elected-leadership#comments Travel Diary development Hangzhou politics Xi&#039;an Mon, 16 Jun 2008 01:24:38 -0600 Zachary Lown 273 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com College Hopefuls from the Countryside Face Hurdles http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/college-hopefuls-countryside-face-hurdles <p>Liu Xiaome, 33, came to Beijing nine years ago from <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=anhui+province&amp;sll=37.0625,-95.677068&amp;sspn=57.510723,90.527344&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;ll=34.379713,116.279297&amp;spn=30.187352,45.263672&amp;z=4" title="Anhui Province Map">Anhui province</a>. Today she works as a maid cleaning homes for 10 yuan, or about $1.50, per hour. Liu’s son is back home in the care of her mother and older sister.</p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/college-hopefuls-countryside-face-hurdles">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/college-hopefuls-countryside-face-hurdles#comments Travel Diary Beijing education rural Sun, 15 Jun 2008 05:13:14 -0600 Zachary Lown 265 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com At Beijing's Edge, Development Raises a City of A Different Color http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/at-beijings-edge-development-raises-a-city-a-different-color <p>Xin Men Tang Chun, or “New Door Front Village,” is a dusty slum on Beijing’s western fringe that is now home to hundreds of migrant laborers. </p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/at-beijings-edge-development-raises-a-city-a-different-color">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/at-beijings-edge-development-raises-a-city-a-different-color#comments Travel Diary Growing Pains Tue, 10 Jun 2008 22:18:46 -0600 Zachary Lown 252 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com