The Chinese translator of ‘Animal Farm’ has tragically committed suicide. Sun Zhongxu, aged just 41, passed away in Guangzhou last Thursday. Sun, who worked at a shipping company, also translated Orwell’s ’1984′ and ‘The Catcher in the Rye’, by J.D. Salinger. It was reported that Sun suffered from depression. ‘My father finally freed himself,’ the translator’s son said. ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ has sold around 100,000 copies in China. Sun previously graduated from Zhengzhou University’s department of foreign languages.
A Chengdu panda may have faked pregnancy to get food. Anticipation was building over the birth, which was even scheduled to be broadcast live. Disappointment ensued when it was discovered that the panda wasn’t pregnant at all, and may have been faking it to get extra food. ‘After showing prenatal signs, the ‘mothers-to-be’ are moved into single rooms with air conditioning and around-the-clock care,’ said panda aficionado Wu Kongju in Chengdu. ‘They also receive more buns, fruits and bamboo, so some clever pandas have used this to their advantage to improve their quality of life.’ Pandas can sometimes exhibit prenatal signs included decreased activity, loss of appetite and increased hormone levels even when they are not pregnant.
Foreign owned hospitals have been given the green light to open in Shanghai and six other cities or provinces. To be able to open hospitals in China, foreign investors must be able to demonstrate relevant experience in health care and management. A statement listed other requirements, though the theme seemed to be that the foreign-owned hospitals must bring something to China, from leading management concepts to advanced technology and equipment. It’s hoped that the changes will help to take the pressure off China’s state-run healthcare system.
A man and his son are sleeping in a tree after the man’s wife left him. The unlucky husband left his home in Foshan after his wife left him for a man she met online. The man, named Deng, left home and took his ten year old son with him. Deng is unable to find a job and spends his days looking for bottles to sell and recycle and his nights tethered to a tree with his son. The unusual situation has inspired local companies and neighbours to offer help, but Deng has refused. ‘My only hope is to find a job that can provide a roof over my boy’s head,’ he said.