Frank Langfitt http://wvxu.org en China's Booming Real Estate Market Finally Begins To Slide http://wvxu.org/post/chinas-booming-real-estate-market-finally-begins-slide After years of stunning growth, China's go-go real estate market is now in retreat.<p>Prices fell last month in 79 out of 100 cities, according to the China Real Estate Index run by SouFun Holdings, a real estate website. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:35:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 29028 at http://wvxu.org China's Booming Real Estate Market Finally Begins To Slide Beijing: From Hardship Post To Plum Assignment And Back Again http://wvxu.org/post/beijing-hardship-post-plum-assignment-and-back-again As <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/12/07/143214875/clean-air-a-luxury-in-beijings-pollution-zone">Beijing's notorious air pollution continues to take a toll on people's health</a>, it's also making it much harder for foreign firms to attract staff there these days. Some companies are now offering more money, more vacation and shorter stints to lure people to China's capital. What was once a plum assignment for expatriates is increasingly seen as a hardship post.<p>Ask Micah Truman. He came to Beijing in 1994 and thought he'd never leave. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:33:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 28428 at http://wvxu.org Beijing: From Hardship Post To Plum Assignment And Back Again A Chinese Chemical Company And A 'Bath Salts' Epidemic http://wvxu.org/post/how-bath-salts-drug-made-china-wreaked-havoc-us There were times a few years back when the emergency room at SUNY Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse looked like a scene from a zombie movie. Dr. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:14:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 28038 at http://wvxu.org A Chinese Chemical Company And A 'Bath Salts' Epidemic As Myanmar Modernizes, Architectural Gems Are Endangered http://wvxu.org/post/myanmar-modernizes-architectural-gems-are-endangered Decades of socialism and military rule kept Myanmar — or Burma, as it was known — poor and isolated.<p>There was one upside, though. The economy was so lousy, there was no drive to demolish the big British colonial buildings in Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, and replace them with the glass and steel towers that now define much of the skylines in East Asia.<p>Today, downtown Yangon looks refreshingly different from practically every other sizable city in Southeast Asia. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 07:26:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 27543 at http://wvxu.org As Myanmar Modernizes, Architectural Gems Are Endangered U.S. Teacher: I Did 7 Months Of Forced Labor In A Chinese Jail http://wvxu.org/post/us-teacher-i-did-7-months-forced-labor-chinese-jail Prisoner 1741 spent more than seven months inside a jail in southern China, assembling Christmas lights for export to America. Work days stretched up to 10 hours and conditions were tough, he says. One boss used strands of Christmas lights to whip workers and drive production.<p>Stories about forced labor have trickled out of China over the years, but what makes Prisoner 1741's so remarkable is that he isn't Chinese. He's American. Thu, 29 May 2014 18:03:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 27334 at http://wvxu.org U.S. Teacher: I Did 7 Months Of Forced Labor In A Chinese Jail