Los Angeles Times Beijing bureau chief; author Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

Cockroach farms multiplying in China

latimes.com — Farmers are pinning their future on the often-dreaded insect, which when dried goes for as much as $20 a pound - for use in Asian medicine and in cosmetics. This squat concrete building was once a chicken coop, but now it's part of a farm with an entirely different kind of livestock - millions of cockroaches.
Aug 25, 2015

RT @PHLBizKenneth: If you think about it, those Yangming roaches were a steal. Apparently they can go up for $20 a pound in China. lat.ms/1rLdksK

Immolations are just one sign of tension over Communist rule

latimes.com — By the time Dongtuk arrived, the body was gone. A pack of matches lay on the ground, the only sign of the horror that had taken place. Dongtuk picked them up and fingered them. About an hour earlier, one of the teenager's best friends had siphoned gasoline from a motorcycle, swallowed part of it and doused himself with the rest.
Aug 23, 2015

Amazing story about the place where Tibetans go to set themselves on fire, by @BarbaraDemick, photos by @Carolyn_Cole latimes.com/world/asia/la-…

Aug 23, 2015

Latest from @BarbaraDemick's gripping & tragic "Tibet's Road Ahead" series: Beyond self-immolations latimes.com/world/asia/la-… via @emilyrauhala

Aug 23, 2015

Deep reporting on the tensions underlying the Tibetan self-immolations in Aba, China latimes.com/world/asia/la-… by @BarbaraDemick

Aug 24, 2015

RT @annafifield: Immolations are just one sign of tension over Communist rule - Another illuminating Tibet story from @BarbaraDemick latimes.com/world/asia/la-…

Aug 24, 2015

Wonderful but sad article by @BarbaraDemick — Immolations are just one sign of tension over Communist rule buff.ly/1NQIYM0

Tibetans lose a haven in Nepal under Chinese pressure

latimes.com — Tsomo escaped Tibet last year on a zipline that carried her into Nepal over a chasm of jagged rocks and a river gushing white as frothing milk. The 23-year-old student remembers she was numb with terror as the smugglers fastened a thick rope through her legs and across her chest in a harness.

As the Dalai Lama celebrates his 80th birthday, Tibetans look to the future

startribune.com — To hear the Dalai Lama laugh, his face lighting up in a beatific smile, it is easy to forget the cascade of disasters endured by the Tibetan Buddhist movement over the course of his life. Yet the list is long, and growing longer, as an ascendant China consolidates control over Tibet.

Dalai Lama's 80th birthday forces Tibet to confront a future without him

smh.com.au — The Dalai Lama celebrates his 80th birthday today. Photo: Danish Siddiqui Dharamasala, India: To hear the Dalai Lama laugh, it is easy to forget the cascade of disasters endured by the Tibetan Buddhist movement over the course of his life. Yet the list is long, and growing longer, as an ascendant China consolidates control over Tibet.
Jul 05, 2015

Happy 80th birthday to the @DalaiLama (met him in Ulaanbaatar in 1991 - humourous and wise) smh.com.au/world/dalai-la… pic.twitter.com/jklCOEGEN9

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Dalai Lama's 80th birthday invites celebration and contemplation

latimes.com — To hear the Dalai Lama laugh, his face lighting up in a beatific smile, it is easy to forget the cascade of disasters endured by the Tibetan Buddhist movement over the course of his life. Yet the list is long, and growing longer, as an ascendant China consolidates control over Tibet.
Jul 04, 2015

RT @latimes: As the Dalai Lama turns 80, a look at the slowly strangling movement for Tibetan independence lat.ms/1HDuZZw pic.twitter.com/S06ke2Pi9L

Jul 04, 2015

RT @latimes: As the Dalai Lama turns 80, a look at the slowly strangling movement for Tibetan independence lat.ms/1HDuZZw pic.twitter.com/S06ke2Pi9L

Jul 05, 2015

The Dalai Lama turns 80 with celebration and trepidations as people wonder what comes next. lat.ms/1Cdztpd

Jul 05, 2015

'Free Tibet'? As Dalai Lama turns 80, Tibet's future looks more and more like it's Chinese. lat.ms/1HDuZZw ow.ly/i/bEN75

Jul 05, 2015

RT @latimesworld: 'Free Tibet'? As Dalai Lama turns 80, Tibet's future looks more and more like it's Chinese. lat.ms/1HDuZZw ow.ly/i/bEN75

Kim Jong-un Kills the Old

newyorker.com — North Korea, under its thirtysomething Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un, is no country for old men. The latest casualty in Kim's ongoing purge of the senior military command was the defense minister, Hyon Yong-chol, who reportedly committed the classic old man's offense of falling asleep in a meeting.
May 15, 2015

North Korea is no country for old men-- Kim Jong Un purges his elders. nyr.kr/1KS5X7B

May 15, 2015

RT @BarbaraDemick: North Korea is no country for old men-- Kim Jong Un purges his elders. nyr.kr/1KS5X7B

May 15, 2015

RT @BarbaraDemick: North Korea is no country for old men-- Kim Jong Un purges his elders. nyr.kr/1KS5X7B

May 15, 2015

"Of the 7 men who carried Kim Jong-il’s coffin, 5 have been fired, retired, demoted, or killed." ow.ly/N0t8O

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The Times, Bloomberg News, and the Richest Man in China

newyorker.com — Last Wednesday, the Times published a front-page story about the movie and real-estate mogul Wang Jianlin, who is the richest man in Asia, worth an estimated thirty-five billion dollars.
May 05, 2015

RT @nxthompson: The China story that caused all that trouble at Bloomberg just ran in the NYT. #backstory ow.ly/MywVI

May 06, 2015

Fascinating story about the @nytimes, @Bloomberg and Chinese President Xi Jinping. nyr.kr/1GO6zYL

May 06, 2015

Disappointing that major US news outlets are not standing together in China, by @BarbaraDemick newyorker.com/news/news-desk…

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Life in North Korea

newyorker.com — Growing up half-Korean in Canberra, Australia, the photographer Lee Grant knew little of her mother's upbringing in South Korea. "I was raised in Australia at a time when cultural assimilation was more prevalent than ethnic pride," she told me in an e-mail.
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Aug 27, 2015

Ridiculous, but amusing just the same. Beijing, ‘Loch Ness monster’ eyed in China’s mysterious rally on.mktw.net/1JnZbYi

Aug 23, 2015

Inside Aba: The little town driving the Tibetan resistance. LATimes. bit.ly/1Edb7NC

Aug 22, 2015

Great Read: Chinese high school students debate politics and foreign policy--in English. @JulieMakLAT lat.ms/1hAiJj9

Aug 22, 2015

Breaking: Another huge, mysterious chemical explosion in China, Casualties unknown. bit.ly/1hAil46 pic.twitter.com/17KgfASkfm

Aug 20, 2015

Mounds of dead fish in Tianjin-- belie Chinese government's assurance about no envion damage. on.wsj.com/1JkeduP pic.twitter.com/RFVvrE1Keq

Aug 20, 2015

RT @HowardKurtz: Trump on the cover of Time (first time since 1989). Headline: Deal With It.

Aug 18, 2015

The Internet romance that led to the viral video of the Tianjin blast. |bit.ly/1K4xRQK

Aug 16, 2015

Life after the DPRK? Film imagines the fall of North Korean regime bit.ly/1WwCuI4


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