May 25, 2012 NPR's Frank Langfitt can't get over how much things have changed for movie fans such as him. In only a decade or so, China's theaters have gone high-tech. And they've gotten expensive.
May 24, 2012 With desertification, drought and a booming mining industry, Mongolians are leaving the traditional life of herding. Herdsman Bat-Erdene Badam says he will be the last in his family to tend livestock. His children are trading in their nomadic lives for more stable, often urban jobs.
May 23, 2012 A massive mine in the middle of the Gobi is providing opportunities to thousands of young Mongolians, drawing talent from other fields such as tourism. But some complain that foreigners earn more than locals, and those who can't find mining work are striking out on their own as illegal prospectors.
May 22, 2012 Mongolia is now tapping huge natural resources. But they're in the Gobi region, where traditional nomadic herding is under assault and desertification is a major problem. Herders are worried the mines will siphon off already dwindling water supplies, while trucks and roads destroy pastureland.
May 21, 2012 Mongolia is in the midst of a dramatic economic boom as huge mining operations look to reshape the country. Some predict Mongolia's GDP will double in a decade. But this economic overhaul could put further pressure on Mongolia's traditional way of life.
April 25, 2012 China is now the world's largest car market, and a crucial one for Detroit companies. Chinese consumers bought 18.5 million vehicles last year, and foreigners, especially Americans, have played a key role in developing the industry. But that's changing, as Beijing tries to strengthen domestic carmakers.
April 4, 2012 The romantic comedy Shanghai Calling tells a fish-out-of-water story about a New York attorney on assignment in China. Frank Langfitt went to the Shanghai premiere and spoke with Chinese-American director Daniel Hsia about the film and the growing number of American professionals in China.
March 16, 2012 In a Nemo-inspired cartoon, a menacing fish lures unsuspecting little fish with a glowing picture of a Communist hero. A South Park-like animation skewers China's elites. These are among the works of a new generation of Chinese political cartoonists who are using social media to evade censors.
March 12, 2012 In the past couple of months, computer giant Apple has come under criticism for working conditions in Chinese factories that help build iPads. Last week, NPR met with 25 workers injured in an explosion at an Apple supplier in Shanghai. They criticized safety at the plant and say the accident will have a lasting effect on their lives.