Front Page of the Day
Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 1:16 PM
The Chengdu Evening News, like many Chinese newspapers, leads with this story:
Lu Zhengcao, the last surviving army general from the first generation of PLA officers, died yesterday at the age of 106. Lu joined the Communist Party of China in 1937 and saw battle against the Japanese and the Kuomintang (KMT) army.
Many newspapers also ran with the story of farmer Tao Xiangli's homemade submarine. News of the submarine first emerged in September, but the farmer yesterday invited media to witness a test dive that lasted about 4 minutes in Langfang Reservoir near Beijing of a homemade submarine.
Tao made the submarine himself using an using second hand oil tanks and other used mechanical parts that cost him about 30,000 yuan over the two years it took to build.
Tao is part of a growing group of Chinese farmers who make robots, helicopters and other machines using spare parts and a lot of ingenuity (see link below).
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The Eurasian Face : Blacksmith Books, a publishing house in Hong Kong, is behind The Eurasian Face, a collection of photographs by Kirsteen Zimmern. Below is an excerpt from the series:
Big in China: An adapted excerpt from Big In China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising A Family, Playing The Blues and Becoming A Star in China, just published this month. Author Alan Paul tells the story of arriving in Beijing as a trailing spouse, starting a blues band, raising kids and trying to make sense of China.
Pallavi Aiyar's Chinese Whiskers: Pallavi Aiyar's first novel, Chinese Whiskers, a modern fable set in contemporary Beijing, will be published in January 2011. Aiyar currently lives in Brussels where she writes about Europe for the Business Standard. Below she gives permissions for an excerpt.
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