Weekly Roundup: Victims of the Boom, Ted Koppel on China, and China’s Sunshine Boy

Tuesday, July 8, 2008 8:54
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With so much going on in China, and only a limited amount of bandwidth, I have created this weekly post to highlight articles that I feel are (1) important, (2) relevant, and (3) interesting.

This week there are 4 articles that I have chosen to highlight as each are quite interesting, they are all relevant, and there are issues within each that I think you the reader should be aware of.

If you have an article that you feel needs to be mentioned, please do so in the comments section. We all have different areas of interest and bandwidth, so I hope you will take some time and post those articles!

David Harrison on China: victims of the boom
A two part series, this article has done a fantastic job of looking at China’s development from a number of different perspectives. Part one is primarily focused on the plight of the peasants living outside the major cities, and outside the development ring. The picture, as we all know isn’t a good one for many of China’s 800 peasants, but in part 2 David juxtaposes this hardship with some very interesting profiles of an artists, designer, an entrepreneur, a migrant worker, and others – people who have benefited from the boom. A very interesting series that while asking some tough questions, while showing some examples of what many hope to attain.

Discovery Channel Presents a Look at Modern Day China
Starting Wednesday night, Ted Koppel kicks off a one week series on “Modern China”. With a year of film from Chongqing, the series first looks at the economic tie-up between the US and China, moves onto the cultural impacts of development in part 2, looks at the role of cars and the pace of highway building in part 3, and then wraps up with an episode called “IT’s the economy Stupid” where Ted goes into a coal mine to get his hands dirty while exploring the issues that have come up through development

Shi Zhengrong: China’s sunshine boy
For China, entrepreneur are quickly becoming the heroes that students and businessmen hope to model themselves after. At one time it included the founder of Wahaha, but more recently Jack MA of Alibaba and Shi Zhenrong of Suntech have been the champions of China’s prowess in high value ventures… and lucky for us, CNN has spent a lot of time with the Suntech founder to learn more about him and his plans to remain the PV King

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