Long before Mao Zedong took the reins of power in China, he went to one of the poorest villages in rural China. That village, in Jiangxi province, is still one of China's poorest. And it's far from the classless dream Mao espoused while he was there.
The Wanda Group, a Chinese company with diversified investments in the entertainment industry, has agreed to buy AMC Entertainment, the nation’s second-largest theater chain. The deal marks the largest investment to date by a Chinese company in the American film industry.
Spartan Arinze is pursuing the American dream, in China. He's created a social network for Nigerians and Nigerians living in China called Gbooza! It's part Facebook, part Huffington Post and completely devoted to Nigerians. It's not a run-away success yet, but Arinze is confident.
Sacha Baron Cohen's latest satire "The Dictator" opened Wednesday. The film stars Cohen as the power-mad leader of a fictional North African country. Long before Cohen arrived on the scene, many of history's most notorious dictators were fans of the film industry.
Bill and Fred Engst were born in China to American parents who wanted to be part of the Communisty revolution. The two now live apart, one in the U.S. and one in China, but carry many of those Communist ideals with them. It gives them an interesting lens on changes in the world.
Chen Guangcheng continues to recover form injuries sustained while fleeing extralegal house arrest at a Beijing hospital. One day soon, he's expected to get the necessary paperwork to being studying law at New York University. But until then, he waits.
Orley Ashenfelter is a professor at Princeton University and the author of the Big Mac Index, a measurement of a nation's wealth based on the average wages of a McDonald's employee over the cost of a Big Mac. For example, McDonald's employees in poorer countries would not be able to afford the food they serve.
Chen Guangcheng, who perhaps will be coming to the United States to study law, has a story that seems like it's come straight out of a Hollywood movie studio. Experts say that's probably intentional -- with Chinese activists becoming more sophisticated about how they can appeal to an American audience.
Chen Guangcheng may be coming to the United States after all. The State Department announced Friday morning that a U.S. university had offered him a fellowship and Chinese officials said he could apply for study abroad, like thousands of Chinese do every year. It's the latest development in a tumultuous diplomatic negotiation between the two countries.
Chen Guangcheng seems like he wants to leave China now, but it's unclear if he'll be able to. Chen's change-of-heart comes after Chinese officials seem to be backing away from an agreement reached by foreign ministry officials and representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.