A food safety factory shutdown has Americans hunting for baby formula. Readying themselves for a covid-19 lockdown, Chinese in Beijing emptied store shelves. Emerging from lockdown, some in Shanghai are visiting well-provisioned markets. U.S.-China agricultural trade is booming, but many are still being left hungry. Food security, sustainability and safety remain issues.
Cine-East: East Asian Cinema--"Sparks of Fire"
Duke University presents a screening of "Sparks of Fire" as part of their Cine-East film series.
Film Screening: "Sparks of Fire" (Hu Jie, 2013, 100 min, China, in Chinese with English subtitles, DVD) / "Sparks of Fire" is the only extant unofficial intellectual periodical from the time of the Great Famine. In the end, 43 people, including the Rightist teachers and students who were connected with the publication, the peasants and the rural cadres who sympathized with them, were arrested and given long prison terms. Among them, three key figures were executed during the Cultural Revolution.
Tensions evident in the recent European Union-China virtual summit reflect the increasing skepticism in Europe toward China and the worries over Ukraine and economic ties as well as human rights and environmental issues.