It followed a certain logic: in weak democracies, people paid their way into office by buying votes; in a state where there were no votes to buy, you paid the people who doled out the jobs.Even the military was riddled with patronage; commanders received a string of payments from a pyramid of loyal officers beneath them."He will help you." The caller was another addition to Zhang's unprecedented experiment: an alliance of Chinese church leaders, worshipers and public-interest lawyers who share the goal of winning greater rights and recognition for their faith.
So, for the first years of the economic development, this period, this extraordinary economic development that began in the late ’70s, people were willing to mortgage a whole lot of other things, because they were finally, for the first time, feeling like they had enough food on the table, they could put their kids into a decent school. In this excerpt from the series, Osnos profiles dissident pastor Zhang Mingxuan, who is working -- often in direct opposition with the Chinese government -- on winning greater rights and recognition for Christians in China.Just last week, he was detained on unspecified charges by Chinese police and held for 36 hours.Like mist and clouds in a Chinese landscape painting, hide the private part behind your social persona.Let your public self be like rice in a dinner: bland and inconspicuous, taking on the flavors of its surroundings while giving off no flavor of its own.” ― Evan Osnos, “The longer I lived in China, the more I sensed that the Chinese people have outpaced the political system that nurtured their rise.In contrast to online dating in the United States and Europe – where people turn to the Internet to increase choice – Evan Osnos writes in The New Yorker this week about how Chinese netizens use dating sites to narrow their choices.