Anthony Kuhn http://iowapublicradio.org en Search Continues For Nearly 300 Missing In South Korea Ferry Accident http://iowapublicradio.org/post/search-continues-nearly-300-missing-south-korea-ferry-accident The search continues for survivors and answers in the South Korean ferry disaster. NPR's Anthony Kuhn offers details on the latest developments. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 39283 at http://iowapublicradio.org Anger Boils Over For Families Of Flight 370 Passengers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/anger-boils-over-families-flight-370-passengers Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish. It's not often that an airline accident triggers street protests, but that's exactly what happened in the Chinese capital this week. On Monday, Malaysia announced that the flight, MH370, was lost at sea with no survivors. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 38280 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Of Flight 370's Suspected End Is Met With Relatives' Despair http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-flight-370s-suspected-end-met-relatives-despair Malaysia's prime minister concluded that Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 "ended in the southern Indian Ocean," setting off howls of grief and anger among passengers' families. The search continues for debris that would confirm the flight crashed. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 38052 at http://iowapublicradio.org Malaysian Prime Minister Announces Airliner Went Down http://iowapublicradio.org/post/malaysian-prime-minister-announces-airliner-went-down Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. We have breaking news this morning on the status of the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 307. Earlier this hour Malaysia's prime minister announced that the government there now believes the plane is lost.<p>PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK: It's therefore, with deep sadness and regret, that I must inform you that Flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.<p>INSKEEP: Ended up in the ocean, according to Prime Minister Najib Razak. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:25:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 38025 at http://iowapublicradio.org For Flight 370 Families, Every Day Is 'Torment' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/flight-370-families-every-day-torment Family members of the passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have grown increasingly frustrated in the nearly two weeks since the flight disappeared. Despite the efforts of airline and government officials, many relatives are angry about the lack of information. Some have even threatened to hunger strike in protest against the lack of information.<p>For many family members gathered at a Beijing hotel, the glare of media attention can be harsh. One minute, they are swatting away intrusive reporters who stick cameras and microphones in their tear-streaked faces. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:10:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 37874 at http://iowapublicradio.org For Flight 370 Families, Every Day Is 'Torment' Politics And Power Complicate The Airliner Search http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-and-power-complicate-airliner-search Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. We begin this hour with the politics of a vanishing airliner. The search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 now covers well over 2 million square miles. Twenty-six countries are still involved, 10 days after the plane's disappearance. In a few moments, we'll hear from the U.S. Navy about their efforts.<p>CORNISH: Meantime, China's ambassador to Malaysia says background checks of Chinese passengers on the plane turn up no links to terrorism. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 37748 at http://iowapublicradio.org Search For Malaysian Jet Turns Its Focus To The Crew http://iowapublicradio.org/post/search-malaysian-jet-turns-its-focus-crew Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.<p>Malaysia is reaching out to dozens of countries as it expands the search for an airliner that went missing almost nine days ago. This comes after new data indicates that the plane flew for hours after it last made contact with civilian radar. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:51:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 37628 at http://iowapublicradio.org Malaysia Airlines Flight Vanishes With 239 On Board http://iowapublicradio.org/post/malaysia-airlines-flight-vanishes-239-board A Malaysian Airlines flight went off the radar on its flight from Kuala Lampur to Beijing with 239 people on board. Three Americans were on board, including an infant. Sat, 08 Mar 2014 12:53:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 37252 at http://iowapublicradio.org Chinese Superstar Lifts Ivory Cause Onto His Shoulders http://iowapublicradio.org/post/chinese-superstar-lifts-ivory-cause-his-shoulders Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Chinese leaders and lawmakers are huddled in Beijing for the annual session of parliament, and one man towers above the rest. That's because he's seven feet, six inches tall. The former Houston Rocket center Yao Ming is one of China's best-known athletes. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 37180 at http://iowapublicradio.org Three Years Later, A Harrowing Visit To Fukushima http://iowapublicradio.org/post/three-years-later-harrowing-visit-fukushima On Thursday night, I stayed at a motel in the town of Hirono, just outside a restricted zone in Fukushima Prefecture. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 36321 at http://iowapublicradio.org Three Years Later, A Harrowing Visit To Fukushima Chinese Flock To The Countryside For A More Authentic New Year http://iowapublicradio.org/post/chinese-flock-countryside-more-authentic-new-year China goes back to work Friday after a weeklong holiday marking the Year of the Horse. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 08:25:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 35870 at http://iowapublicradio.org Chinese Flock To The Countryside For A More Authentic New Year Chinese Red Guards Apologize, Reopening A Dark Chapter http://iowapublicradio.org/post/chinese-red-guards-apologize-reopening-dark-chapter For most of the past half century, China has avoided a full accounting for one of the darkest chapters of its recent history: the Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976.<p>During that time, Chairman Mao Zedong's shock troops — Communist youth known as Red Guards — persecuted, tortured or even killed millions of Chinese, supposed "class enemies."<p>Now, some Red Guards have issued public apologies to their victims, a rare example of the ruling party allowing public discussion of its historic mistakes.<p>Some observers hope the apologies will lead to fuller public discussion of this turbulent decade i Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:13:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 35775 at http://iowapublicradio.org Chinese Red Guards Apologize, Reopening A Dark Chapter A Crusader Against Corruption, Chinese Activist Sentenced To Jail http://iowapublicradio.org/post/crusader-against-corruption-chinese-activist-sentenced-jail China's government has recently jailed officials and issued a slew of new rules to curb corruption, but it's apparently not an effort that independent citizens groups are welcome to join.<p>On Sunday, a Chinese court sentenced Xu Zhiyong, a leading proponent of civil society, to four years in jail. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 17:47:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 35361 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Crusader Against Corruption, Chinese Activist Sentenced To Jail An Execution In North Korea Has A Chilling Effect In China http://iowapublicradio.org/post/execution-north-korea-has-chilling-effect-china North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shocked the world last month when he accused his uncle and mentor of treason and had Jang Song Thaek executed.<p>The consequences of that purge are reaching beyond North Korea's border. Jang had been in charge of trade with China, and his death has had a chilling effect on ties with North Korea's neighbor and longtime ally.<p>Nowhere is that being felt more acutely than in China's northeast, where Chinese freight trains rumble across a bridge over the Yalu River and into North Korea. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:52:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 34699 at http://iowapublicradio.org An Execution In North Korea Has A Chilling Effect In China Lure Of China's Gray Economy Reaches Rich And Poor http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gray-income-makes-estimated-12-chinas-gdp The income gap is growing dramatically in China and the rich are getting exponentially richer — the richest 10 percent of China's population are more than three times wealthier than the official figures.<p>Much of that undeclared wealth is what Chinese people call "gray income," including proceeds from corruption and other ethically "gray" areas of the economy.<p>Living on the margins of the "gray economy" are people like migrant laborer Wang Haichuan. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 21:34:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 34334 at http://iowapublicradio.org Lure Of China's Gray Economy Reaches Rich And Poor Filipino Priest Suffers With His Flock Amid Typhoon's Ruins http://iowapublicradio.org/post/filipino-priest-suffers-his-flock-amid-typhoons-ruins Three young men dig a grave in a churchyard in San Joaquin Parish, a collection of about a dozen barrios outside Tacloban, the Philippine provincial capital ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan two weeks ago.<p>They roll an unidentified body wrapped only in blue plastic sheeting up to the grave on a squeaky trolley.<p>They drag the body into the pit, which is too small for it. The soft, sandy soil falls from their shovels, and in a minute, the crumpled blue figure disappears under the earth.<p>The local priest, the Rev. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:17:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 32683 at http://iowapublicradio.org Filipino Priest Suffers With His Flock Amid Typhoon's Ruins Old Political Feud In Philippines Fuels Rage Over Typhoon Response http://iowapublicradio.org/post/old-political-feud-philippines-fuels-rage-over-typhoon-response Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>While international relief efforts in the Philippines are in high gear, efforts by the Philippine government have been hampered. There are bitter rivalries among the country's political clans. And two major political families - including that of the president - are sparring over the response to the disaster. NPR's Anthony Kuhn has that story.<p>ANTHONY KUHN, BYLINE: Mayor Alfred Romualdez is a constant and visible presence at city hall in the ruined city of Tacloban. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:01:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 32544 at http://iowapublicradio.org What's In A (Panda Cub's) Name? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/whats-panda-cubs-name Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Election Day has come and gone, but your vote can still make a difference. That is in choosing a name for a new giant panda cub. The National Zoo here in Washington has put forth five possible names for the female cub born this summer. You can vote on the Smithsonian National Zoo's website.<p>And we want to make sure you have everything you need to make an informed decision, so we've called up our Beijing correspondent Anthony Kuhn for some help understanding the choices. Anthony, ni hao.<p>ANTHONY KUHN, BYLINE: Ni hao, Melissa. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 21:26:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 31739 at http://iowapublicradio.org China Sets Ambitious Agenda In 'Asian Space Race' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/china-sets-ambitious-agenda-asian-space-race India's launch Tuesday of <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303482504579179311623419386" target="_blank">a satellite bound for Mars</a> is the latest milestone in a space race among Asian nations. China, though, is still seen as the leader. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 17:39:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 31598 at http://iowapublicradio.org China Sets Ambitious Agenda In 'Asian Space Race' Before Sherlock: An Ancient Chinese Sleuth's Enduring Appeal http://iowapublicradio.org/post/inside-chinas-fascination-detective-stories The sleuthing exploits of Judge Dee, a character based on a 7th-century Chinese official, are gripping new audiences as new generations of writers, movie directors and storytellers tell his tale and build on his legend.<p>Judge Dee was cracking tough cases for centuries in China before Sherlock Holmes even got a clue. But perhaps more importantly, his stories continue to inform ordinary Chinese people's understanding of justice and law.<p>One new Judge Dee tale <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HZ3JJkrF-Y" target="_blank">just hit cinemas in Asia</a>, in IMAX and 3-D. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:12:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 31120 at http://iowapublicradio.org Before Sherlock: An Ancient Chinese Sleuth's Enduring Appeal For Myanmar's Kachin Rebels, Life Teeters Between War, Peace http://iowapublicradio.org/post/myanmars-kachin-rebels-life-teeters-between-war-peace Despite progress in its transition to democracy, Myanmar has struggled to end all the ethnic insurgencies that have long divided the country.<p>Now the Kachin — the last of the insurgent groups that have been fighting the government — have <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24480495">signed a preliminary agreement</a> that could end the conflict.<p>The agreement falls short of an actual cease-fire, but calls for both sides to work "to end all armed fighting."<p>Two years ago, Myanmar's army broke a cease-fire and launched an offensive against the Kachin Independence Army, or KIA. Sun, 13 Oct 2013 09:38:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 30509 at http://iowapublicradio.org For Myanmar's Kachin Rebels, Life Teeters Between War, Peace Ethical Tradition Meets Economics In An Aging China http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ethical-tradition-meets-economics-aging-china The sound of Buddhist chants wafts through an annex of the Songtang Hospice, the first private facility of its kind in Beijing. A group of lay Buddhists is trying to ease the passage of a recently departed soul of a patient.<p>When I first visited this place nearly two decades ago, the average patient stayed just 18 days. Now, it caters to people who are not terminally ill, and the average stay is about five years.<p>China is home to the world's largest aging population, and its attitudes and treatment of the elderly are changing. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 07:43:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 29893 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ethical Tradition Meets Economics In An Aging China New Chinese Law Cracks Down On 'Rumor Mongers' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/new-chinese-law-cracks-down-rumor-mongers Authorities in western China apparently wanted to make an example of 16-year-old Yang Hui.<p>He was the first person in China to be arrested under a new rule against "rumor mongers," defined as people who intentionally post a rumor that is reposted 500 times or more, or viewed 5,000 times or more.<p>But the government's case collapsed, the boy was released, and the local police chief was suspended after allegations that he bribed a local official (a coincidence, the <a href="http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/epaper/2013-09/25/content_16993276.htm" target="_blank">China Daily</a> reported).<p>Many g Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:39:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 29669 at http://iowapublicradio.org New Chinese Law Cracks Down On 'Rumor Mongers' Bo Xilai's Life Sentence Reveals China's Leadership Problem http://iowapublicradio.org/post/chinese-politician-sentenced-life-prison A court in East China sentenced former top Chinese official Bo Xilai to life in prison for corruption after one of the highest-profile political trials of recent years.<p>Media coverage of the court hearings transfixed audiences with details of murder, a love triangle and lavish official life styles. Sun, 22 Sep 2013 03:34:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 29456 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bo Xilai's Life Sentence Reveals China's Leadership Problem Japan's Rice Farmers See Trade Deal As Threat To Tradition http://iowapublicradio.org/post/japans-rice-farmers-see-trade-deal-threat-tradition The Japanese city of Narita is best known to the outside world for its major airport that serves Tokyo, the nation's capital city.<p>Narita is also a rural area of Chiba Prefecture, however, with a long tradition of rice farming.<p>Toward the end of the summer, Narita's rice farmers gather to pray for bountiful harvests. They dance, play music and ride elaborate festival carts. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 07:02:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 29191 at http://iowapublicradio.org Japan's Rice Farmers See Trade Deal As Threat To Tradition Move Over, Pot Stickers: China Cooks Up Hundreds Of Dumplings http://iowapublicradio.org/post/move-over-potstickers-china-cooks-hundreds-dumplings All week, we've been talking about dumplings — from tortellini's sensual origins in Italy to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/08/28/209894806/you-say-kubbeh-i-say-kibbeh-lets-eat-em-all-right-now">kubbeh's</a> tasty variations in Israel.<p>But perhaps no country has a longer history or greater variety of dumplings than China. Dumplings come in all shapes and with every imaginable filling. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 07:33:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 28229 at http://iowapublicradio.org Move Over, Pot Stickers: China Cooks Up Hundreds Of Dumplings Former Chinese Politician Has Spirited Defense At Trial http://iowapublicradio.org/post/former-chinese-politician-has-spirited-defense-trial The former politician Bo Xilai offered a spirited defense in court in China on Thursday, surprising observers who had expected a quick show trial to end the country's biggest political scandal in decades. However Bo was allowed to cross-examine witnesses and tell judges he had been framed in the bribery charges against him. He said he had confessed to the charges under psychological pressure during interrogation. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 21:08:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 27916 at http://iowapublicradio.org 'Abenomics' Serving Up The Same Old Medicine In Japan? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/abenomics-serving-same-old-medicine-japan Ever since Japan's stock market bubble burst in the early 1990s, the country's economy has been stuck in a deflationary spiral. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 21:11:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 26785 at http://iowapublicradio.org 'Abenomics' Serving Up The Same Old Medicine In Japan? A Secret Folk Music Holds Firm In China's Badlands http://iowapublicradio.org/post/secret-folk-music-holds-firm-chinas-badlands When <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15395141/guns-n-roses" target="_blank">Guns N' Roses</a> released the album <em>Chinese Democracy</em> five years ago, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman commented that, questions of politics aside, the GNR sound just wasn't most Chinese folks' cup of tea.<p>"According to my knowledge," he said, "a lot of people don't like this kind of music because it's too noisy and too loud."<p>That may be so. The country's airwaves are full of syrupy pop tunes and prissy patriotic odes. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 20:14:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 24310 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Secret Folk Music Holds Firm In China's Badlands In Today's Beijing, Flash Ferraris And Fading Traditions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/todays-beijing-flash-ferraris-and-fading-traditions Before it became China's capital in 1949, Beijing was a fairly provincial little city of 2 million people.<p>Today, it has grown into a megalopolis of some 18 million people.<p>I've recently returned to the city after a few years away, the first thing that strikes me is: Who the heck are all of these 20-somethings and how did they get to be driving all these Ferraris and Maseratis?<p>I'm standing outside a shopping mall full of clothing stores, and it just so happens that there are two Ferraris, one red and one white parked outside. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 07:18:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 24186 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Today's Beijing, Flash Ferraris And Fading Traditions