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Xiu Min Li
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Xiu Min Li is a social justice advocate, blogger and generally a curious and overly opinionated roamer of this troubled planet.

She was a China Program Director at Pacific Environment and worked with grassroots NGOs to fight water pollution and promote public participation in environmental governance in China. Prior, she worked for 5 years as a union organizer with UNITE HERE in San Francisco and participated in many corporate campaigns for fair wages and working conditions. Xiu’s passion lies in ensuring that communities and people’s voices are not silenced in the process of China’s rapid economic development. You can also find her other commentary at Blue Echoes.

Entries by Xiu Min Li

China's Own '9/11'?

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 9:25 AM

It was an early summer afternoon. The heat wasn't yet unbearable and I had just hiked down from the snowy mountain of Muztagata. I was with two fellow backpackers who I just met the day before on my bus ride from Tashkurgan and who had invited me along to this...

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Live Together or Die Lonely and Mean

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 1:36 PM

January marks my 10-year anniversary of living in my lovely rent-controlled apartment in the Mission in San Francisco. Given all the heat around the tech boom and the housing crisis lately, I feel the need to jump in as a San Francisco old-timer (I've been living in the...

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See beyond the blaming game

(3) Comments | Posted October 8, 2010 | 1:25 PM

Half way through the climate negotiation here in Tianjin, China and the U.S. are once again caught in heavy bickering and finger-pointing. Both have made damning accusations of the other side for negotiating unfaithfully, publicly and informally.

Meanwhile, a group of Chinese intellectuals and NGOs put together...

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A Balanced Package Must Be Stronger, More Fair and Binding Than the Kyoto Protocol

(2) Comments | Posted October 8, 2010 | 11:41 AM

At the UNFCCC meeting in Tianjin, during the session on the issue of a "Balanced Package" and what different countries expect from it, the Chair of the session decided to open up the floor for civil society to comment (after keeping them mostly closed for the whole week). Below is...

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"Look for Self-Help in Time of Disaster, Not the Party"

(1) Comments | Posted September 28, 2010 | 9:31 PM

Granpa Hu (not his real name) said "my loyalty always lies with Chairman Mao". His red pin emblazoned with the golden head of Mao proudly hung on his left chest. It sparkled in the sun, its statement pronounced by the backdrop of his dark blue suit. Grandpa Hu wore a...

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How Many Lives Does it Take to Contain Oil in China?

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2010 | 3:37 PM

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The death of one solider and the rescue of another were incidentally captured by a freelance journalist who could not give his name, for fear of official...

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US Consumers Demand a Greener Apple for China

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2010 | 5:14 PM

This blog was originally posted on China Dialogue and Pacific Environment.

Since late June, almost 1000 American consumers have written letters to Steve Jobs and Apple's Public Relations Department urging them to address concerns of China's Green Choice Alliance regarding heavy metal pollution from...

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China's IT Poisons

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2010 | 7:56 PM

In early April, 34 Chinese environmental NGOs wrote letters to 29 IT companies regarding members of their supply chains violating Chinese environmental laws and regulations. The list included suppliers for global brands like Apple, IBM, Intel, Sony and Lenovo.

Ten days of mostly silence on the part of these companies...

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Growing China's Environmental Movement, One Person at a Time.

(1) Comments | Posted April 21, 2010 | 11:55 AM

This Sunday, after an hour and a half of a typically frantic and heart-stopping taxi ride through the dusty and congested streets of Lanzhou, we arrived at the Lanzhou Business School to participate in an International Youth Environmentalist Exchange Salon, organized by several university-based environmental clubs. I gave a presentation...

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We All Have Disagreed to Agree, Now What?

(8) Comments | Posted December 26, 2009 | 3:11 PM

The Copenhagen Accord is weak and will not pressure countries to do more on climate change. There were too many competing national interests and not enough leadership to push for a real deal. Obama came too late and had too little to offer; China never conceded its bottom line, which...

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Climate Change: China can Make a Real Difference on the Issue

(6) Comments | Posted December 18, 2009 | 12:21 PM

In the weeks leading up to Copenhagen, the Chinese government made a surprising move.

After refusing to publicly commit to any numerical target for reducing emissions, China seemingly out of the blue announced it would reduce its carbon intensity by 40% to 45% by 2020, based on...

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