China’s Death Penalty Debate, my oped in today’s New York Times

China’s Death-Penalty Debate By LIJIA ZHANGDEC. 29, 2014 BEIJING — There was an ear-splitting whistle and Kong Ning, a young supervising officer from Beijing, saw blood spurt from the bodies of the 34 prisoners, all men in their 20s and 30s, kneeling in a row in front of her. One man’s head was blown off… Continue reading China’s Death Penalty Debate, my oped in today’s New York Times

laughter yoga – for a laugh

I’ve been trying out different yoga classes offered by so many different yoga centers. Yesterday I took a laughter yoga, which, as you can imagine, I enjoyed with tons of laughter. Laughter yoga started back in 1995 by Dr. Kataria with four other participants at a public park in Mumbai. Now there are over 8000… Continue reading laughter yoga – for a laugh

my commentary piece on the mental health of migrant workers in today’s SCMP

The grim reality of China’s migrant factory workers Lijia Zhang says more urgent measures are needed to help desperate migrant factory workers avoid the severe depression and frustration that has taken a deadly toll PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 December, 2014, 5:00pm UPDATED : Friday, 26 December, 2014, 7:47pm Lijia Zhang Shortly before midnight on September… Continue reading my commentary piece on the mental health of migrant workers in today’s SCMP

xmas in Rishikesh

Greetings from Rishikesh, Northern India, the ‘world capital of yoga’. There’s something very thrilling in exploring a new place, like getting to know a potential lover. Rishikesh is certainly a great place to get to know. A very scenic town, it sits in the foothills of Himalaya where Ganga river rushes down from the mountains.… Continue reading xmas in Rishikesh

pro-democracy activist winning award

China pro-democracy activist Xu Youyu awarded Swedish rights prize By AFP PUBLISHED: 19:23 GMT, 16 December 2014 | UPDATED: 19:23 GMT, 16 December 2014 Chinese pro-democracy activist Xu Youyu, who was among key signatories of a 2008 manifesto seeking sweeping political reforms in China, was awarded Sweden’s Olof Palme human rights prize on Tuesday. "He… Continue reading pro-democracy activist winning award

why am I so fascinated by India?

I love India. I know this incredible country isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It’s dirty, chaotic and backward; it got stupid rules,for example, foreigners often have to queue for hours at tourist office of a train station in order to get a train ticket; and it is not a particular safe place for women. However,… Continue reading why am I so fascinated by India?

my review of movie Blind Massage

Blind Massage (Tui Na) is a recently released movie, directed by Lou Ye, co-produced with France. It was contended for Golden Bear at Berlin Film festival and won a few awards in Taiwan. I went an afternoon show with my German friend Elke who practices Chinese medicine in Berlin. I love going to cinema during… Continue reading my review of movie Blind Massage