Millions of Asians are traveling home to celebrate the weeks-long Lunar New Year, but are they ringing in the Year of the Sheep or the Goat? Continue reading
In our news wrap Wednesday, a UN report found that civilian deaths and injuries in Afghanistan rose by 22 percent last year. It also said more Afghans died in battles between the Taliban and government forces than from bombs, unlike previous years. Also, a Southern deep freeze caused ice-coated branches to take down power lines, leaving 250,000 people in the dark. Continue reading
China’s spring festival, Chunyun, began earlier this month and people are on the move. Billions of them. Continue reading
Celebrations around the world are already underway for the Chinese New Year, which begins next Thursday, Feb. 19 and lasts until March 5. Often marked by fireworks and family feasts within China, customs and observances of 2015’s Year of the Goat vary widely, ranging from traditional festivals to underwater dragon dances.
In “Last Train Home” filmmaker Lixin Fan documents the migration of millions of Chinese workers during the Chinese New Year — the largest human migration in the world — through the prism of one family. This documentary is part of a series of independently produced films aired in partnership between The Economist and NewsHour. Continue reading