《我是王菲》 — I Am Wang Fei
A serious outbreak of lead poisoning in the four villages surrounding the Zhongyi Alloy Co. plant in Longchang County, Sichuan, has induced officials to order the plant to close. So far, 94 out of the almost 1,000 residents who were tested have confirmed cases of lead poisoning; 88 of these are children.
The local government of Baimiao Township, Sichuan, purchased a pad of writing paper for RMB1.5 this year. How government officials managed to find such a bargain is a mystery, though locals and foreigners alike are beginning to hunt for similar deals in the vicinity. Actually, the real news is that this purchase was made public, along with every other purchase that the Baimiao Township government made in the recent past. This disclosure, made ostensibly to quell fears of government corruption, makes the small township the first government in China ever to attempt complete fiscal transparency.
《将我喜欢的东西组合》 — A Collection of the Things I Like
An international art exhibition focusing on female artists and "a feminine perspective and approach" opened last week in Luodai, just outside of Chengdu. The show, called "Her Vision: 2010 International Exhibition of Contemporary Cutting-Edge Female Artists" ("她视界"2010年国际当代新锐女艺术家展览) was timed to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8 and features the work of 80 artists—using many different media—in a space of about 1,500 square meters. The exhibition is free to view and will run through April 7.
The ongoing drought in southwest China has continued unabated as recent cloud seeding attempts have largely failed. This drought has been cited in some places as the worst of the past 100 years, although Sichuan appears to be less affected than Yunnan or Guizhou. While AFP simply calls it a "once-in-a-century drought," an Asiaone article places the dry spell in the context of global climate change.
Compiled by Isaac Myers. Images from Sichuan Online