Louisa Lim http://kplu.org en June 4: The Day That Defines, And Still Haunts China http://kplu.org/post/june-4-day-defines-and-still-haunts-china As China prepares to mark the 25th anniversary of its brutal repression of protests around Tiananmen Square, its leaders have presided over an unprecedented pre-anniversary crackdown. Rights groups say <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/28/world/asia/tiananmen-square-anniversary-prompts-campaign-of-silence.html?_r=0">at least 50 people have been detained, put under house arrest or disappeared</a>.<p>Silence surrounds this anniversary. So, too, does repression: For the first time, activists trying to hold private commemorations have been detained. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:53:15 +0000 Louisa Lim 16927 at http://kplu.org June 4: The Day That Defines, And Still Haunts China For Gary Locke, envoy to China, the personal and political mix http://kplu.org/post/gary-locke-envoy-china-personal-and-political-mix The U.S. ambassador to China, Gary Locke, went home Friday. He didn't return to Seattle, his old stomping ground, but to his ancestral village in southern China. It was his third trip back, though his first since being appointed ambassador.<p>At first, Chinese Internet users had criticized him as a "fake foreign devil who can't speak Chinese." But now the tide has turned.<p>Locke kicked off his return to his ancestral home with a video posted on China's version of Twitter. It's a nod to his status as an Internet sensation. Sat, 05 Nov 2011 18:48:56 +0000 Louisa Lim 3117 at http://kplu.org For Gary Locke, envoy to China, the personal and political mix