Anthony Kuhn http://wrur.org en Malaysian Prime Minister Announces Airliner Went Down http://wrur.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 5784 at http://wrur.org For Flight 370 Families, Every Day Is 'Torment' http://wrur.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 22:33:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 5754 at http://wrur.org For Flight 370 Families, Every Day Is 'Torment' An Execution In North Korea Has A Chilling Effect In China http://wrur.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 5177 at http://wrur.org An Execution In North Korea Has A Chilling Effect In China Lure Of China's Gray Economy Reaches Rich And Poor http://wrur.org/post/lure-chinas-gray-economy-reaches-rich-and-poor 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 22:27:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 5092 at http://wrur.org Lure Of China's Gray Economy Reaches Rich And Poor Filipino Priest Suffers With His Flock Amid Typhoon's Ruins http://wrur.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 4630 at http://wrur.org Filipino Priest Suffers With His Flock Amid Typhoon's Ruins Old Political Feud In Philippines Fuels Rage Over Typhoon Response http://wrur.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 4587 at http://wrur.org What's In A (Panda Cub's) Name? http://wrur.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 4342 at http://wrur.org China Sets Ambitious Agenda In 'Asian Space Race' http://wrur.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 4304 at http://wrur.org China Sets Ambitious Agenda In 'Asian Space Race' Before Sherlock: An Ancient Chinese Sleuth's Enduring Appeal http://wrur.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 09:37:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 4184 at http://wrur.org Before Sherlock: An Ancient Chinese Sleuth's Enduring Appeal Ethical Tradition Meets Economics In An Aging China http://wrur.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 07:34:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 3840 at http://wrur.org Ethical Tradition Meets Economics In An Aging China