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  1. A popular science anime that makes heroes and villains of human body cells has become the first Japanese manga series on China’s state broadcaster since a ban on foreign cartoons more than a decade ago.Cells at Work!, which shares the daily lives of human blood cells as they work to maintain the body’s health, became an instant hit among Japanese animation fans after its release in 2018.The cartoon’s sudden appearance on CCTV-6, which has not aired foreign animation since 2007, has prompted…
  2. In the city of Zhenjiang in eastern China, shops cook noodles with an unusual feature: a small wooden lid floating in the water.Known fittingly as pot-lid noodles, or guogaimian, the dish has been around for 300 years. Locals take pride in the unconventional cooking method. The lid, typically made of fir, dances on the surface of the water while the noodles cook underneath.“If there’s too much water and it starts boiling, it might overflow,” says Zhou Heluan, who leads a local association that…
  3. An award-winning Chinese schoolteacher has been discharged from duties after discriminating against students based on the incomes and positions of their parents.The middle school teacher surnamed Xiao, from China’s eastern Tianjin municipality, was voted the “most beautiful” teacher by the school in 2014 for her outstanding performance in teaching mathematics, but had her working licence revoked last week when an audio recording of her demeaning students was released online, prompting a social…
  4. Despite years of talks about stemming the rising tide of short-sightedness in schoolchildren, China’s myopia epidemic continues.Nearly 60 per cent of students aged six to 18 across China are myopic – also known as short-sighted or nearsighted – according to a recent study by researchers from Shanghai’s East China Normal University.The incidence increases as children get older, with about a third of primary school students suffering from myopia, 65 per cent in junior high school, and 80 per cent…
  5. An education authority in China is facing a backlash over its efforts to limit the amount of homework given to young students.Shaanxi province’s Department of Education last week issued a directive that forbids schools from giving written homework to pupils in grades one and two (roughly ages 6-8) in the interests of their balanced development.The department also banned schools from assigning more than one hour a day of homework to pupils from grades three to six (ages 8-12), while students in…
  6. Five people were killed on Monday when the plane they were in crashed in a residential area of eastern China during a cloud seeding flight.Three farmhouses were damaged and a villager was injured when the Beechcraft B300 King Air 350 twin-turboprop operated by Beidahuang General Aviation crashed in Jian county, Jiangxi at 3.19pm, the provincial meteorological bureau said in a statement.Its director, Zhan Fengxing, said in an interview with Red Star News that the victims included a member of his…
  7. A man who electrocuted, then bludgeoned his mother to death to claim an insurance payout so he could buy a flat has been executed in China.Fu Bailian, 33, was put to death on February 24, having been found guilty in July 2019 of killing his mother at her home in Zigong, in the southwestern province of Sichuan, in March 2018. He was sentenced to death by the Zigong City Intermediate People’s Court. The court heard that Fu killed his 56-year-old mother after having harboured resentment over her…
  8. Zhou Jianjun drove 400km (250 miles) in mid-February from his hometown of Xiangyang in central China to an industrial chemical park to investigate pollution along the Yangtze River.As he neared the park, the smell of pesticides clogged the air. He got out and walked to the river to take some samples where the water was so polluted that it had turned yellow.But this is not an unusual sight for Zhou.For the past seven years, Zhou, 54, has spent all of his time and resources to report illegal sand…
  9. A Chinese court has upheld a ruling that a textbook description of homosexuality as “a psychological disorder” was not a factual error but merely an “academic view”. The Chinese LGBT community, and the 24-year-old woman who filed the lawsuit, have expressed disappointment at the decision, handed down last week by the Suqian Intermediate People’s Court in the eastern province of Jiangsu. Ou Jiayong, who also uses the name Xixi, said the court’s decision about what constituted a “factual error”…
  10. Chinese film director Chloé Zhao won this year’s Golden Globe for best director for her film Nomadland. Zhao is the first Chinese woman to win the prize, and her win was applauded in China and by its entertainment industry.  More significantly, the film also came out on top in the best picture drama category. Nomadland is the 38-year-old director’s third feature film, following Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015) and The Rider (2017). The story follows a woman living as a modern-day nomad…