Articles by Howard W. French



Internet Mobs Impose a Stern Morality in China

  • 05 June 06
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
It began with an impassioned letter on one of China's most popular Internet bulletin boards from a husband denouncing a college student he suspected of having an affair with his wife. Immediately, hundreds joined in the attack.

Oil Boom Transforms China's Wild West

  • 21 December 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The prop plane packed with businessmen swoops into this once sleepy oasis town in far western China, flying in over the spectacular Tian Shan mountain range, now snowcapped.

Beijing Keeps Lid on News of Protest

  • 15 December 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
One week after the police violently suppressed a demonstration against the construction of a power plant in China, leaving as many as 20 people dead, an overwhelming majority of the Chinese public still knows nothing of the event.

Old Foes Forge Trade Alliance

  • 01 November 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
At a call center in Dalian, in northeast China, young workers speaking flawless Japanese answer customer service calls for a Japanese insurance company. In western Japan, a new commercial Chinatown is rising in Kobe City's rebuilt port area.

Big Protests in China, But Little Is Fixed

  • 30 August 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
There is a growing uneasiness in the air in China, after months of increasingly bold protests rolling across the countryside.

Small-Time Oilmen Sue Beijing

  • 19 July 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
As a truck driver hauling crude from private wells sprouting up all over this arid countryside, Gao had a bird's-eye view of the oil boom that was sweeping China in the 1990s.

North Korean Refugees Face Hard Life in China

  • 25 March 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Sitting on a bare floor in a chilly one-room apartment, Lee Hae Jon and her younger sister, Hae Sun, struggled recently for words to describe their lives since they clandestinely made their way here from North Korea five years ago.

Chinese Trade in Africa Booms

  • 10 August 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
A look of satisfaction played on the trade official's face as he reeled off statistics recently from a ministry report about China's booming commerce with Africa.

Beijing Picking Up Soviet Slack

  • 30 March 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
With its dozen blue-roofed villas, a brand-new sauna house, casino and three-star hotel constituting the heart of what this frigid outpost at the border of Central Asia fancies as downtown, this would seem an unlikely spot for the economic and political reordering of an entire region.

Japan Said To Ignore Sex Crimes by Teachers

  • 30 June 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Two years ago, a 16-year-old high school girl who lived near here was hospitalized with a high fever. After doctors found that she had an acute case of genital herpes, she told her parents that her teacher had had sex with her.

Chinese Deserts Sweep Into S. Korea

  • 15 April 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
School was called off throughout much of this sprawling city last Monday because of inclement weather.

Japan Swiftly Swears In Prime Minister

African AIDS Tests Spark Controversy