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Feb 10, 2016 6:30pm PST
with mainland china. amidst such delicate situations, why are more and more people moving to taiwan? this episode follows a family that just migrated. >> hong kong, a region with a population of 7.3 million. at an international exhibition held in the city, one event attracted a lot of attention. taiwanese developers gathered to host one of the largest real estate exhibitions they've ever held in hong kong. the 20 companies sell condos and second homes to hong kong citizens. seminars migrating to taiwan are also held. >> the popularity of taiwan as a new home has been soaring. the number of approved residency applications has more than tripled between 2011 and 2014. but why now? >> surging real estate prices have become a serious social problem in hong kong recently. add that a real estate agency in hong kong show that even a used apartment measuring 60 square meters is priced at about $860,000 u.s. investment money mainly from china is driving up real estate prices in hong kong. >> the residents of hong kong, real estate prices in taiwan are very appealing. in taiwan, a 76 square me
PBS
Mar 1, 2017 6:30pm PST
>>> china, more than 2,000 comic conventions are held each year. selling many products related to magna, anime and games. there's 200 million fans of the so called two dimensional culture and the market size exceeds 29 billion u.s. dollars. the culture spread to china in the late 1990s. from then a number of young people who like anime and manga slowly began expanding the culture. initially the movement was met with disapproval but when the chinese government began promoting them, they began investing, creating major industry. cosplayers who now symbolize the culture are making a living from cosplay. some of them appear in dramas and variety programs. major dramas featuring cosplayers are even in the works. china's cosplay is experiencing dramatic shift. this episode follows these changes and the young people attempting to create their own culture by building a society where cosplay leads to business. >>> this is northern beijing where the china national convention center is located. a large scale event was held over two days from december 31st, 2016. despite the new year season,
NHK
Aug 8, 2014 10:30pm JST
gaining worldwide attention for their distinctive portrayals of modern china. here hundreds of people frolic in the ocean, a sign of rapid social change. pictures such as this that portray a repressed youth being open can't be found in mainstream markets. anything in print and on sale in china is censored with criticism of the government strictly forbidden. material that the country considers potentially disruptive to public morals is almost never approved. these young photographers are an empathy for the chinese youth of today. this only way for them to get their work out into the world is by promoting themselves in the internet and publishing books overseas. >> we follow three young chinese photographers who are striving to capture the reality they see in a changing china. ♪ >> lin, alias number 223 has been taking pictures since he was a high school student. 223 was introduced to the 223 was introduced to the subject through a friend. he comes from farming village in hunan province and only realized he was gay after migrating to the city. until then, he didn't even know the word
PBS
Apr 19, 2017 6:30pm PDT
>>> this is known as china's silicon valley due to its many electronics factories. it ranked first after shanghai and beijing. in mid-february, the end of the chinese new year, the city is crowded with people. for a temp company dispatching laip laborers to factories, this is the busiest time of theborer the busiest time of the year. with improving standards of living, securing factory workers in china has become difficult. every year fewer people apply for the jobs. the start of chinese new year is especially challenging because many workers quits during the season. to make up to this loss, this company recruits people from rural villages all over china. more than 10,000 laborers are registered at the temp agency. for a week after the end of chinese new year, large busses are chartered several times aal. the agency goes to great length to transport workers from remote villages. factory workers who are once the backbone of the chinese economy were usually young men from rural areas who couldn't find jobs elsewhere. they were called farm mechanics, despite the long hours and low wag
PBS
Sep 3, 2016 12:00am PDT
♪ >>> the tibetan plateau makes up one quarter of china's land mass. the region spreads across the southeastern portion of the plateau. at the center is lattah. its name is tibetan for sacred place. rapid development has brought dramatic changes to the city over the past ten years. development has also radically changed the local environment and the way residents live and work. many people have moved here from outside the region to take advantage of new opportunities. in this episode, we'll offer a rare inside glimpse of this ancient tibetan capital. more than 3500 meters above level in the heart of the tibetan autonomous region. it plays a central role in tibetan buddhism and watts once the capital of tibet. the breath taking palace is a world heritage site. the palace has an area of 13,000 square meters and some say it has 2,000 rooms. it used to be the moment home of the dalai lama, the country's spiritual and former political leader. nearly 13 million tourists visited the region in 2014. 90 percent of them were from other parts of china. foreign nationals need special permissio
PBS
Mar 2, 2016 6:30pm PST
. >>> it's the day of the 18th anniversary of hong kong's return to china. as with other years, a demonstration opposing some of the hong kong special administrative region and government's policies is taking place. the march always begins in victoria park. according to the organizers, 510,000 protesters participated last year. many of them gathering several hours before the start. >>> in september, 2014, the world witnessed the so-called umbrella revolution. named after the way pro democracy marchers used umbrellas to protect themselves from tear gas. students and citizens occupied the streets for 79 days, demanding true universal suffrage. not one of their demands were met. the lack of change created a sense of hopelessness. pro-democracy groups disbanded and some residents began resenting activities that disrupted daily life. ♪ >> the annual ceremony to mark hong kong's return to chinese rule was a lavish event. 1200 guests from china and overseas attended. hong kong's chief executive ying was critical of prodemocracy faction and their revised electoral bill. he also reemphas
PBS
Aug 3, 2016 6:30pm PDT
>>> shanghai, china. yong is taking care of her elderly father. she says it's her way to make up for past mistakes. yang is a former drug addict. yang's successful career in the apparel industry and affluent lifestyle was brought to a halt when she developed a heroin addiction. >> in the shadow of rapid economic development, the use of illegal substances has become a serious social issue in china. the number of recreational drug users apprehended in 2015 rose by 20% in just one year to 1.06 million. an estimated 1 in every 100 chinese citizens is a drug user. yang battled with drug addiction for 22 years. she says she could never have regained a peaceful life on her own. >> professional social workers assist those who battle with various problems in their lives. and are alienated from society. their experience is vital in the rehabilitation of drug addicts. quitting drugs is far from easy. >> social workers in china work with substance abusers for three years to help them get back on their feet. their job entails building trust with their clients, helping them become financially
PBS
Jan 16, 2016 12:00am PST
imposed. china's open market policy allowed farmers to make goods again. in november, 2014, the comment commenced operations with yiwu station at the beginning of the line. it is tea world's longest railway and part of china's one belt, one road policy. the 13,000 kilometer route takes cargo from yiwu to the spanish capital of madrid in 21 days. yiwu's exports surged by 46% between january and september of 2015 despite declining national exports. the railway has opened the way for more foreign trade. even so, unemployed people can be seen everywhere on yiwu's streets. >> china he's new economic strategy is to develop trade in inland regions leaving yiwu at a junction in its histories with all the hopes and struggles of the city's wholesalers and workers as they prepare for the christmas season. shanghai had seven huge wholesale markets and hundreds of thousands of wholesale stores. one district in northern yiwu exclusively sells christmas-related goods. with more than 300 wholesale stores filling the 160,000 square meter area, it's known as christmas town. an incredible 60% of all the c
PBS
Feb 6, 2015 12:30am PST
voraciousppetite ofts customers. the streets a product of china ease economic growth. 's massive appeal attracts custom from all over china. new forms of business can also be seen. no matter how meager, people try to make a living here while others monitor for illegal activity. the round the clock struggles of people here have shaped what guijie is today. the area encapsulates the rapid changes of modern china. this episode follows 24 hours in this gourmet town. >>> this is beijing, the capital of china. it's a sprawling me prop lis with the population exceedsing 21 million. some 450,000 people flock here every year from all over china. the city and its people are in a constant state of flux. guijie street is located at the center of this ever changing city. it's 4:00 p.m. and there are few customers around. at one restaurant staff take to the street for a ritual led by the owner. gao yuan is around a province 1,000 kilometers from beijing. he owns seven restaurants on guijie street and with 400 employees he's become the area's most successful entrepreneur. this is a weekly meeting. it'
NHK
Jul 26, 2014 4:30am JST
about china's handling of the city's autonomy. one has called on people to take over parts of hong kong to localized residents feelings toward the chinese government. the same academic is also inspiring students to also take action. other citizens are voicing their opposition to these movements. in this episode of "asia insight" we follow the ongoi struggle of residents in their 17th year since returning to chinese rule. >>> hong kong, one of asia's main business hubs and a leading international financial center. as it's economy increasingly merges with mainland china following its hand over from british rule, beijing's influence over the city continues to grow. in the tourism sector alone, 75% of visitors were from mainland china last year. that amounts to more than 40 million people. without mainland china the economy probably wouldn't be able to function. recently, several incidents have installed fear in the hearts of hong kong residents. books criticizing the government and politicians are openly displayed and sold in bookstores. confirmation of the city's guaranteed freedom o
PBS
Feb 15, 2017 6:30pm PST
♪ >>> depopulation has become a serious issue in china's rural villages. in the nearly 40 years since the nation's reform and open door policy, many workers have migrated to cities abandoning their homes and fields. the existence of more than two million villages in china is said to be in jeopardy. the government has been devising new measures to address abandoned land for the past few years. meanwhile, some people have begun reviving villages in their own ways. villages that have been left behind amid growth are suffering from depopulation. now one village is taking a unique, new step to combat this issue. >>> the province is located next to the china capital of beijing. it's long been known for its numerous agricultural regions. it's farmer town in southern hebei. about 1,000 people are registered on the village's family records but some 40% live elsewhere. all the young people have left town for work. the villages built around the road connecting to the villages to the city. this was the first paved road built here in the 1970s. until this road was made there was a village al
PBS
Feb 22, 2017 6:30pm PST
♪ ♪ >>> divorce is surging in china. in 2015 alone, 3.84 million couples ended their marriage. a threefold increase in divorce rates compared to a decade ago. the main factor is considered to be social changes. changes in economic wealth, women's independence and the sense of family values. the most common reason for divorce is infidelity. divorce has even become a major business opportunity. certain businesses specialize in dealing with infidelity issues. this episode follows the journeys of spouses seeking their ideals while facing harsh reality. in the past, tieing the knot in china required getting certificates from hospitals and having a marriage certificate issued. family records had to be changed to finally make it official. divorce required a similarly complex process but became simplified after the marriage law was revised in 2001. now, china is considered the easiest country in which to get married or divorced. one consultation company has long experienced dealing with family issues and now has more than 50 branch offices all over china. in the past, most cases were mon
PBS
Oct 15, 2016 12:00am PDT
>>> as china experiences on going economic decline. housing costs in beijing now surpass those through new york. according to an april 2016 announcement, from the uk's business alliance, they have become the most expensive in the world. investors who have given up on stocks have returned to real estate investment. prices of newly built homes in 70 major chinese cities, have surged up to 60% in the last 12 months. somehow beijing is so costly, buyers cannot be found. property prices have gone up by more than 500 u.s. dollars per square meter in just over one year. the closer you get to central beijing, the higher the prices. the pricing units are almost $15,000 per square meter. the surge in crisis has made it challenging for people to buy their dream home. many are moving to the suburbs, in search of afford abable rent. the city's commute time is the second longest in the world. >> people from all corners of the country come to the capital in search of business opportunities. unless they are very successful, it is difficult to live here. >>> the sudden rise of property prices i
PBS
Nov 30, 2016 6:30pm PST
♪ ♪ >>> shanghai is one of china's largest economic cities. it's also china's biggest tourist site, attracting more than 300 million domestic and international visitors a year. in may 2015, a new attraction opened in the skyscraper lined district. this is the world's largest disney store, measuring 5,860 square meters. the store hoped ahead of the launch of shanghai disneyland, which officially opened its gates in 2016. on the first day, the store attracted a line spanning over two kilometers. it continues to be packed with customers throughout its business hours of 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. more than 2,000 products are available. nearly all of them are original goods offered exclusively in china. ♪ it also offers expensive limited edition items popular at disney stores around the world. >> she considers herself a dedicated disney fan, as do her friends. she fell in love with the world of disney 11 years ago when she visited hong kong disney resort, the first disneyland she had been to. ever since, she's been saving money every year to visit disney resorts around the world. she ha
PBS
Apr 26, 2017 6:30pm PDT
regions. one participant specializing in cashmere is from mongolia. after china, mongolia is the second largest producer of raw cashmere in the world, responsible for 40% of the global output. however, many of the buyers visiting the company's booth were unaware of this. >> translator: whether the cashmere comes from mongolia or whether it comes from china, that's not really the sort of thing i've ever really thought about. >> although mongolia produces large volumes of raw cashmere, it doesn't have sufficient facilities to manufacture it to finished product so 5% of the output is exported to china. however, work is currently under way to ensure that the production and sale of cashmere products becomes one of mongolia's core industries. mongolia's largest cashmere manufacturer privatized in 2007 has actively striven to introduce the latest technology from japan and italy and develop products for overseas sales. leading this effort is the company's ceo, one of mongolia's most prominent entrepreneurs. >> translator: monday goalia has around 600,000 house holds and a population of 3
PBS
Dec 10, 2014 6:30pm PST
♪ >>> patient doctor disputes have become rampant in china. with tens of thousands of cases reported over the past three years alone. doctors work in constant fear of being attacked or sued. to resolve disputes, the government launched a third party mediation agency. a system was create d where expert mediators stand between doctors and patients to conduct investigations. in this episode of asia insight, we follow the day-to-day struggles of china's mediation committee of medical disputes as they attempt to ease the tense relationships between patients and doctors. the xuhui district in central shanghai. the area's home to more than 200 hospitals. nine of them are in the country's top ranking facilities. the xuhui district has the highest concentration of hospitals in all of shanghai. hospitals are constantly overcrowded as many patients come from regions that can't provide adequate treatment. they come in the hope of receiving advanced medical care. but doctors are stretched to their limits and medical bills are usually high. due to the nature of the health care system. pat
PBS
Jan 25, 2017 6:30pm PST
movie boom heating up in china. in 2015, nationwide box office revenue in china reached 6.38 billion u.s. dollars, surging roughly 50% from the previous year. to take advantage of this movement, many producers and investors are jumping into action. this episode gives a behind the scenes look at the ballooning film industry in chesapeaina, b focusing on so-called audition hotels. central beijing is full of office buildings. a hotel opened here 7 years ago. it's name whose name means a house for drifters. the hotel with a total of 358 rooms is always booked due to its convenient location. it's also affordable. the standard twin room costs less than $40 u.s. a night. but that's not the only reason guests gather here. one corner of the lobby has a wall covered with sheets listing the title dramas, as well as room numbers. a wide range of production teams hold auditions in the hotel rooms. the applicants begin to pour in. applicants eagerly wait in front of the rooms, the hotel instantly became well known after a famous hong kong director held auditions here five years ago. since then oth
PBS
Nov 9, 2016 6:30pm PST
>>> in china, there are groups of carriers called bang bang from the chinese word for poem they were given this name because they carry anything with one pole over their shoulders. they have always been a vital part of people's lives here. in a city so full of hills and narrow roads. they've carried many roads for disappearing. >> the city used to have 500 of these carriers, as the city developed they're steady disappearing. this episode follows the end of their legacy. >>> the changjong river is the longest in china. it's a directly controlled municipality of china. it used to be a part of szechuan province but was given its current designation in 1997. as part of an effort to develop innercities that had fallen behind coastal regions due to the effects of reform policies. recently, it's being further developed as a hub connecting china and europe. thanks to those efforts, they saw an economic growth, the largest in china. older buildings still exist in the center of the city. >> built on a hilly region, flat land is scarce. there are slopes everywhere. >>> this man has been wo
PBS
Feb 27, 2016 12:00am PST
♪ ♪ ♪ shanghai, china. despite the recent stock market crash and resulting slowdown, this commercial hub has continued to grow. [ speaking foreign language ] >> people are flooding in from other provinces, hoping for success and wealth in shanghai. these newcomers number 11 million, nearly half of shanghai's total population of 25 million. ♪ ♪ people who travel from other areas to major cities in china are known as wai tais di re. literally outsider. their significant increase means there aren't enough schools or housing and with more cars, traffic jams have worsened. >> translator: there's a limit to how much a city can take. you can't meet the needs of everyone. long-time shanghai locals have convicted feelings -- conflicted feelings about the noticeable rise in wai spai di ren. [ speaking foreign language ] >> shanghai natives and shanghai newcomers. as the city continues to expand, how can they learn to live and work together in harmony? ♪ ♪ >> this is one of shanghai's major food markets. with over 400 stalls it provides fresh produce from across the country.
PBS
Nov 16, 2016 6:30pm PST
. travel costs paid for by the chinese government, and they return today. >>> some children visited china for the first time. >>> the commerce committee has grown rapidly in the past few years. the members, mostly entrepreneurs with companies in china who moved to cambodia a few years ago, saw their businesses expand rapidly. thanks to local firms taking on large scale projects and real estate development. many members work with major firms, and do things their own way when it comes to negotiation or conducting business. only a few of the companies have signed contracts. >> gao's office is located in an apartment complex with mainly cambodian tenants. he made a conscious decision to hire local staff instead of chinese to increase jobs for cambodians, who have few chances at administrative office jobs. gao began his consulting firm, 11 years after he immigrated to cambodia. until then, most of the businesses he attempted ended in failure. the chinese community and cambodia supported him in times of difficulty. >> his connections with people made him who he is today. while he continued fail
PBS
May 3, 2017 6:30pm PDT
>>>. [ speaking foreign language ] >> china has the world's highest number of female entrepreneurs with assets exceeding 1 billion u.s. dollars. china as always promoted gender equality based on exhumism. many phrases have been created throughout the years to convey such [ speaking foreign language ] >> caught in the gap between an ideal and the reality of the rapidly changing chinese society, women are ochk negatively labeled. this episode follows three women in shanghai living life on their own [ speaking foreign language ] [ speaking foreign language ] >> she came to shanghai eight years ago. she now works in a medical-related company. she is often called a shung yew even by her cheng is from the autonomous region having always been the best student in her local schools, she went on to attend graduate school in shanghai. after graduate wlg honors, she became an official shanghai resident which is difficult to do. at about 36,000 u.s. dollars a year, her annual income is more than double that of peers her age. she flies all over china for work. but she says she hasn't returned to
PBS
Dec 31, 2014 6:30pm PST
. although rice noodles from southern china are the only dish on the menu, diners can choose from a variety of ingredients. the noodles are available with or without soup. this particular dish is extremely spicy. over half the customers complain about the taste. but the restaurant carries on regardless. in fact, it displays customer comments on the tables. ♪ in spite of these complaints, 300 bowls are sold every day with a turnover of more than 24,000 u.s. dollars each month. the owner has attracted the attention of the industry by opening up a second diner only three months after the first one. a product launch party is being held for a major south korean electronics manufacturer. reporters from magazines and online media attend. the restaurant was chosen as a venue because of its reputation. the noodle shops were opened by student in the prestigious peking university. 24-year-old zhang is now the talk of the town. want to gain ek appearance, zhang had many jobs as a student including a tutor and a dumpling shop owner. the experience has allowed him to increase sales earning the
PBS
Aug 10, 2016 6:30pm PDT
♪ ♪ >> migrant workers have played a vital role in china's rapid economic growth. more and more people from rural parts now work in the cities. they have come in search of wealth, but many leave their children behind at home with their aging grandparents or in some cases alone. this june, four such young siblings committed suicides by consuming pesticides, believed to be caused by loneliness and im positivishment, the tragic news shocked the nation. roughly 61 million minors reportedly live apart from one or both of their parents in china today. half of that figure live without either of their parents at home. such children become especially unstable during the summer school break when their sense of isolation is at its most desperate. one elderly volunteer checks on children left behind. he's devoted to ensuring their emotional well being, making sure they receive proper schooling. at the root of the problem is the economic gap between people in urban and rural areas. another factor is the focus on materialism and obtaining wealth. we follow the growing concerns in china for th
PBS
Mar 25, 2015 6:30pm PDT
students are currently enrolled here. students come from all over china and are aged between 6 to 18 years old. once a year, they display the results of their hard training in a tournament. the event includes a form of traditional martial arts dance. there is also sanda, a type of chinese kick boxes. many of the students come from poor farming villages for har a sh training. with china's current emphasis on academic success, seeing these children so focused on kung-fu is a curious sigts. for these youngsters, kung-fu is a way of escaping from the bottom rungs of society. they are literally fighting with their lives. >> the city of deng feng is hope to ancient temple which has achieved a mythical status around the world. the shaolin temple has a 1500-year history, but didn't become famous internationally until the 1980s. at a that time, kung-fu bearing the team's name hit the world's movie screens. now, kung-fu shows are held every night, attracting tourists from all parts of the world. many have been established around the shaolin temple. with the number increasing at a rapid pace ov
PBS
May 11, 2016 6:30pm PDT
♪ >>> on a street corner of shanghai china, amidst skyscrapers, 200 to 300 people get together on the weekends for what is called the street stock salon. these are individual investors who buy and sell stocks on their own. people who have made money in the stock market or those who have lost their savings exchange information here. suppos supposed forecasters predict stocks. this is what investors want the most. the shanghai stock exchange crashed last year, and economic growth slows in china, stock prices continue to falter, amidst fear of an economic slowdown. within such an environment, investors constantly debate whether to sell their stocks or keep their hopes up. individual investors who comprise 80% of the chinese stock market are now desperately clinging to stock market forecasters. this report engulfs six months of the market salon goers. shanghai leads china's economic development. the center of the city is home to the street stock salon. at around 1:00 p.m. on a weekend in marshes people begin to get together. several people are gathered here. stock forecasters are prep
PBS
Apr 12, 2017 6:30pm PDT
. >>> china is gripped by a huge baby boom. 18.5 million children were born in 2016 alone. that's 2 million above the average over the last five years and the highest number this century. >> translator: before families were fine for having a second child. now there's no need to pay for anything. >> china's 1-child policy a population control measure has been lifted. since january 2016, all couples are free to have a second child. in the six months after the policy change, new problems have emerged. death rates during pregnancy and childbirth, maternal death rate increased 30% compared to no contact with water, no getting out of bed, and constant attention by immediate family and relatives. although this custom has changed over the sent tries, mothers are expected to receive postpartum care. with the family's relative elsewhere, nuclear families are becoming more common be in cities like shanghai and there's been a recent rise in mothers spending their sitting month in facilities rather than at home. one of them is the uib international maternity care center. a year after the one-chi
PBS
Sep 7, 2016 6:30pm PDT
. they come from china, taiwan, japan, vietnam, mongolia and russia. recent students include middle-aged people taking courses funded by their companies and teenagers sent here by their parents. opened english schools in the philippines, targeting south korean youngsters. they were attracted by the low labor costs and english-speaking locals. english education is now a major new industry in the philippines for students from all over asia, backed by the government. this is the ceo of smeag, and he, himself, studied english in the philippines four years ago. seeing the potential of the english language market, he joined forces with the largest school in cebu. [ speaking in foreign language ] >> english was first taught in the philippines when the country was colonized by america at the end of the 19th century. the people learned it from missionaries. these days, from the first year of elementary school, all classes are taught in english as well as the native language. the higher the education, the more frequently english is used. without a good command of the language, people know tha
NHK
Jul 11, 2014 10:30pm JST
♪ >>> a product of the country's population control policies, china's rapidly aging population is a growing concern. recently, the phrase wei fu xian lao has taken root. it means becoming old before becoming wealthy. for 35 years, china has been focusing all its attention on economic growth but has yet to deal with its aging population. >> the number of people over 60 is growing at a rate of 8.6 million a year. without the necessary systems and facilities in place. china's public and private sectors have begun testing new measures. as china underwent a drastic transformation, so did the lives of the elderly who helped build the nation. this episode follows the struggles of china's rapidly aging society. china has proved that its socialist market economy works after making incredible strides over the past three decades. but new problems are arising in this transformed nation. in this office building in the suburbs of beijing is china's first private sector hotline office for the elderly. >> the caller is a woman in her 60s who's been taking care of her sick mother in her 90s for many
PBS
Mar 4, 2015 6:30pm PST
available, mostly imported from countries such as china and india. while such shoe stores exist in thimpu and major towns, there are none in the rest of the country. this woman has arrived in the capital from a village 18 kilometers away. >> translator: i've come to buy new shoes because it's so cold. i only buy new shoes once every two or three years. >> the woman is wearing plastic like this is common in rural areas. >> translator: in the cold, my heel splits. >> her budget is just $3. >> translator: i'd really like warm boots like these, but they cost $6. they are far too expensive. >> in the end, she buys some plastic shoes that at least cover her heels. along with the increase in shoe stores, there is also been a rise in the number of shoe repair stores. at present, there are five here. this man set up his shoe cleaning and repair business in january 2011. his store is the only one to also offer shoe laundry services. cleaning starts at $1.30 per pair and repairs cost anywhere between 30 cents and $5. he averages around 10 to 15 customers per day. >> translator: can you clean
PBS
Apr 6, 2016 6:30pm PDT
traveled from mainland china. >> luxury cruise ships, carrying around 5,000 passengers leave for japan, south korea and other designations around the world. in 2015, chinese travelers spent a total of $194 billion overseas, ranking them the highest spending tourists in the world for the year. spring tour is one of china's largest travel agencies. with 4,000 branches nationwide. it has enjoyed surging sales, am am amid china's travel but it's not easy for people from mainland china to obtain tourist so what is behind this passion for traveling abroad? the various motivations of chinese tourists, reveal much about modern china. in this episode of asia insight, we follow a day in the business of shanghai's most popular travel agency. in the cold of january, preparations are underway for the chinese new year this is shanghai's most popular shopping district. and this is a branch of spring tour. a staff meeting before the shop opens. sales strategies being discussed, because the chinese new year holiday is one of the most profitable seasons of the year. it's 9:00 a.m., and the doors open fo
PBS
Mar 7, 2015 6:30pm PST
population is made up of foreign residents. wongok-dong immigrants hail from 15 countries. including china, vietnam, indonesia and places as far as way as uzbekistan. on weekends the town's center is a melting pot of different ethnicities. >> hey, how are you? >> recently many stores offer a wide range of products from all over asia, making life easier for the foreign population. foreign laborers are permitted to stay in south korea for up to four years and ten months. as long as they are working they are under no particular restrictions. the south korean government introduced the employment permit system in 2004, one that is unprecedented in the world. up until then the nation only accepted foreign workers as interns. because of low wages interns would suddenly quit their jobs, leading to an increase in illegal immigrants. south korea needed a new foreign labor policy because its own high school graduates, 70% of whom go onto college, rarely apply for factory jobs. >> what's unique about south korea's labor policy is that the government treats foreign workers as official laborers regulate
PBS
Apr 22, 2015 6:30pm PDT
north korea to see her two daughters who fled first and were hiding in china. the chinese government maintains ties with pyongyang and deports any north korea an defectors they find. after she saw her daughters, instead of staying with them, she sought asylum in south korea, as she didn't want to burden them further. [ speaking foreign language ] >> she now receives $350 in benefits, but no matter how much she economizes, her monthly expenses reach $300, so she must earn money to cover anything more than the very basics. >> defectors often have very few trusted friends and no savings. their work experience in north korea is deemed useless. she says some of her friends have been moving on to other countries. [ speaking foreign language ] >> but she decided to stay, because one of her daughters also sought asylum in south korea. she began taking on new work, in addition to her work at home. such as selling scrap metal. her daughter married a south korean man and gave birth to a son last year. ♪ she gains motivation by reminding herself that if she works harder, at least she can buy h
NHK
Aug 1, 2014 10:30pm JST
china when she was 22 to earn some money to send home. she spent the next ten y living in various places. after realizing it was t dangerous to return to n korea she decided to set south kore the pair talk for 30 min seem to be enjoying each company. as the number of unmarri people in south korea co to increase, match making be the key to reversing th country's falling fertilit while offering single me women some hope of findi partner and living happi after. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." i'm gene otani in tokyo. here's a look at some of stories we're foll hour. >>> fatal blast. taiwanese thortsz expect a massive gas leak exploded in a large city that's killed >>> fragile truce, a 72-ho cease-fire between islamic militants is in following a new round of fighting. >>> and chinese authorities are
PBS
Feb 26, 2015 7:30pm PST
china, 10% of total exports and also with electronics related products accounting 20% of total exports now losing competitiveness to meet the growing global smart phone and tablet market. originally it produced its own vehicles to meet its demand and cut exports for thailand likely be lowered. finally talks between the eu and thailand on a free trade agreement having been suspended due to the political difference and negotiations to resume in thailand we saw democracy. >> many investors in thailand shied away from investing because of the political turmoil. do you still see political risk that could affect the economy in a negative way? >> well, yeah, with marshal law in place expected throughout the year, impeachment charges against former lawmakers and controversial amnesty issue, we see risks could not be ruled out and this could effect private investment, which is one of the country's driving forces through confidence. >> it to prop up the economy strank banks around the world are taking monetary easing policies. do you see that happening with the central bank in thailand?
PBS
Nov 19, 2014 6:30pm PST
inquiries from saudi arabia and china. >> try even rice, so can grow. yes, we were try to using the concept, not just grow. can grow other thing. even is a animal, possible. can we d do a chicken farm? yes. why not? >> possible. >> the city states of singapore. the development of new farming technologies continues. as the nation strives to boost its agricultural output. >>> glad to have you with us on this edition of "newsline." it's thursday, november 20th. i'm catherine kobayashi in toke tokyo. the ebola epidemic continues to spread. the number of confirmed or expected cases topped 15,000 in eight countries. that's with transmission still being intense and widespreadsierra leone. the w.h.o. says 15,105eo
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