Many of the currently employed state-sector workers are the children of the “old workers” [what workers from the Maoist era are referred to in China]; or they have had experience working together with the old workers; or they live in the same working-class neighborhoods. Thus, the currently employed state-sector workers have been influenced by the old workers’ struggles and their political experience. This was illustrated by the Tonghua Steel workers’ anti-privatization struggle in 2009.

Tonghua Steel was a state-owned steel factory in Tonghua, Jilin Province. In 2005 Tonghua Steel was privatized. The state assets, once worth 10 billion yuan, were appraised at only 2 billion yuan. Jianlong, a powerful private company having connections with high-ranking officials in Beijing, actually paid only 800 million yuan and took over the company. After Jianlong’s takeover, twenty-four thousand out of thirty-six thousand workers were laid off. Wages for the workers on “dangerous tasks” (with high rates of work-related injuries) were reduced by two-thirds. The managers could impose various arbitrary penalties and punishments on the workers.

In 2007 the Tonghua Steel workers started to protest. During the protests, a Maoist-era worker, “Master Wu,” emerged as the leader. Wu made it clear to the workers that the real issue was not about any particular problem, but about “the political line of privatization.”

July 2009 found the workers on a general strike. When the Jianlong general manager threatened to fire all workers, the enraged workers beat the manger to death. Although the provincial governor and thousands of armed police were at the scene, no one dared to intervene. After the beating, Jilin Province was forced to cancel the privatization plan.

The Tonghua Steel workers’ victory was a huge inspiration for workers in many parts of China. Workers in several other steel factories also protested and forced the local governments to cancel privatization plans. Worker-activists in other provinces saw the Tonghua victory as their own and regretted that “too few capitalists have been killed.“

Minqi Li, “The Rise of the Working Class and the Future of the Chinese Revolution” (2011)

Kim Yongguk redemption story 

He is still trending on Naver real time search ranking and Weibo

And his video is on the front page of Naver entertainment section

Yongguk has so far been in really two solid teams with memorable performances: Boy in luv Team 2 and Vocal team for “If it was you” 

But it’s this vocal team that you can see him opening up his heart and being embraced as a team member 

A fan saw yongguk two days ago in the morning and when she asked why he didn’t wear a mask out he said “because no one will recognize me” ©金龙国101调和油_ 

Out of all the 5 “foreign” trainees in Produce 101 this season: Justin and Jung Jung from China, Lai Guan Lin from Taiwan and Samuel being half Mexican-American and Korean, technically speaking Yongguk is the most “Korean” out of the 5. But he is having the hardest time adjusting to making friends and connecting with people early on in the show due to his lack of confidence. 

Yongguk is from Jilin province in China, like Renjun From NCT Dream. They’re both part of a Korean ethnic minority group in China. That is why Yongguk’s Korean is perfect and many people are still surprised he’s from China ( Chinese Passport and grew up in China ) but he can’t write or read Hangul as well as his speaking. 

Thank you to Kim Yehyun, Kim Seongri, and Joo Jinwoo for supporting Yongguk with your immense vocal talents and friendship 

你好! I'm hetalia-inc, known online as Ali, and recently I was accepted as an active ambassador representing china for @hetaliafandomhub :) An ambassador is someone who helps answer any questions (such as language, culture, geography, history, and pretty much everything) anyone has for them regarding their respective country. Now you can just send me an ask and I’ll post the answer! I’ll try to post at least one thing as ambassador every week under the tag aph china ambassador (I’m not the best at tags). 

So now a little background information on me– I’m a 100% Chinese (or Asian, at least) teenage girl and was born and raised in China. I lived with my grandparents in the rural 吉安 (Ji'an, Jilin as in the one bordering Korea– not to be confused with Ji’an, Jiangxi), until I was three when I moved with my parents to the outskirts of 北京 (Beijing, which means “northern capital”) before moving again to the very center. I currently live in America, since moving here some years ago.

I hope that I’ll be able to answer any questions you guys have! Thank you ^^



No speaking! New “Silent Theme Restaurant” opens in China

How do you order a meal if the waitstaff can neither speak nor hear? Customers at this silent restaurant must learn to speak the way they do, by using their hands.

The newly opened “Silent Theme Restaurant” in Changchun, China’s Jilin Province employs mostly deaf and mute wait staff.

Customers can “talk” to waiters and waitresses by writing on a pad or by learning some basic sign language gestures.

The restaurant has 15 servers; all of them are deaf and mute people, according to a report by xwh.cn.

“This is the first time that I experienced the silent service. It’s quite good,” said a diner Ms. Dong. She said communication was fine and the servers were hospitable, according to the report.

It’s not the country’s first restaurant to hire deaf and mute waitstaff. Several other cities in China have also opened similar restaurants that allow people to learn sign language, and more importantly to provide job opportunities for the disabled.


Hai Bo, They Recorded for the Future (16 Women), 1999.


Hai Bo was born in Jilin province and learned printmaking before studying as a woodcarver at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, graduating in 1987.  He only began making photographs in 1999 when he produced his Them and They series in which he restaged group portraits of mostly family and friends.  Them #6 (or They Recorded “For the Future”) combines past and present-day studio portraits of the same group of sixteen women.  One portrait enlarges a studio photograph, dated 1973, that was produced during the Cultural Revolution and inscribed “For the future.”  This image confronts Hai Bo’s group portrait of the same women taken twenty-six years later, in 1999.  

NCT Dream Member Profiles

• Jisung - born: February 2, 2002 - hometown: Seoul, South Korea (maknae)

• Chenle - born: November 22, 2001 - hometown: Shanghai, China

• Jeno - born: April 23, 2001 - hometown: Seoul, South Korea

• Haechan - born: June 6, 2000 - Jeju island, South Korea

• Mark - born: August 2, 1999 - hometown: Vancouver, Canada (leader)

• Renjun - born: March 23, 2000 - hometown: Jilin, China

• Jaemin - born: August 13, 2000 - hometown: Seoul, South Korea


Man sells house to travel the world with daughter

A father in Shanghai made a bold decision to sell his house and shares of the company he founded to take his daughter around the world.

“If I don’t keep her company now, I will lose the chance after she grows up,” Zhu Chunxiao said, which is why he decided to spend five years going to different places around the globe with his two-year-old daughter.

Zhu kicked off the plan this past August. The first journey was a stretch of more than 9,000 kilometers from south China’s Shenzhen to northeast China’s Jilin Province.

Zhu drove his trailer along the coastline, and would stop by cities along the route to allow the girl to experience the places’ different customs. They didn’t arrive in Jilin until the end of September.

On October 1, Zhu embarked on his second journey again from Shenzhen, via cities including south China’s Guangzhou and Guilin, to central China’s Changsha, and then towards southwest China’s Chongqing and Kunming. They hope to turn around towards south China’s Hainan Island.

Zhu said he made friends with strangers they met, and kept seeking business opportunities during the journey. But he said the more important part was wanting his child to feel the world intuitively.

Zhu planned to spend the first year travelling domestically, and the next four years abroad. “We shall look for joy and happiness on this life journey,” he wrote to his daughter.


Meet Babe, the pig who was born with two snouts. The two-month-old was part of a litter born on a farm in Deshengtang, Jilin province, northern China. He can use both his mouths to eat and appears otherwise normal, say his owners.(Source)


Amazing 7-meter fish skin mural

There’s something very fishy about this striking Chinese “nine dragon” mural. And yes, the pun is painfully fitting.

The 7.2-meter-long mural is made of ‪fish skin‬ and has been priced at 1.8 million yuan ($287,421) in Changchun, Jilin Province.

According to the info released, the art work uses exactly 3,888 pieces of salmon skin and took around 5,000 hours to complete by 10 artists.

To ‘scale’ that into perspective, if 10 people worked on the fish piece for 12 hours a day, it would take exactly 416 days of embossing, embroidering, and seaming to complete.

Will Water Be Your Next Printer Ink?

by Michael Keller

For office workers concerned about cutting costs and environmental impacts, clicking the print button triggers an ongoing internal debate. Many people find reading words on a printed page to be a hard habit to break when the only alternative is reading them on glowing screen.

But given that up to 40 percent of office documents are printed for one-time use, the desire to take in paper-based words versus ink’s relatively high cost and the waste that is generated is an area ripe for change.

Chinese researchers say they may have come up with just the thing to ease the conscience and lower the cost of reading documents on paper. They’ve created a jet printer that uses water instead of ink and a complimentary reusable paper that changes color while it’s moist.

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North Korea: We slipped over the rim and into the volcano under the fog that filled the ChangBaiShan crater.  As we dropped down the steep volcano walls snow-skiing style on loose rock we entered the forbidden border zone between JiLin, China & North Korea  and this photo is looking across to North Korea.   When the fog lifted the Peoples Liberation Army soldiers on the volcano rim saw us swimming inside the forbidden crater lake and intercepted us back at the rim.  We had to pay a fine and I got to keep my camera.