The religious aspect of urbanization

by Verena Nowotny

it is not always over compensation that farmers refuse to leave their houses - "nail houses" as they are called because they look like a nail sticking up on a board. In his blog Sinosphere, Ian Johnson describes that religious feelings can be as strong a reason to try to stay on the countryside.

Mr and Ms Li - 97 millions of them...

by Verena Nowotny

China is the country of Mr and Ms Li, Wang or Zhang - at least more than half of the Chinese population has one of these surnames. The scientist Andrew Stokols undertook the effort to create maps that show the distribution of surnames in China. A new way of mapping China - amusing and interesting.

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