This August marks the 400th anniversary of the landing of the first enslaved Africans in Virginia. Their arrival was the start of what would become one of the darkest chapters in U.S. history, 224 years of slavery. VOA’s Chris Simkins takes us to the place history was made and reveals how these first African slaves, along with the many who followed, and their descendants, shaped the course of a nation.
Four hundred years since the first enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia, slavery remains a dark chapter in American history. The trans-Atlantic slave trade involved the purchase and transportation of enslaved Africans mainly to the Americas by Europeans. Those who survived the horrific voyage were destined for a life of servitude to their white masters. VOA’s Chris Simkins reports on the impact the U.S. slave trade had in transforming the fortunes of families and building a new America.
Published on Aug 9, 2019
The violence in Hong Kong attracted widespread media attention. However, some of the reports are extremely biased, and some are even malicious. Some media outlets take quotes out of context and re-edit videos to create a new story to fool audiences.
Published on Aug 12, 2019
China’s two top policy offices on Hong Kong have strongly condemned recent acts by rioters in the city. A spokesperson for the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council said the escalating violence is beginning to show signs of terrorism.
Published on Aug 12, 2019
The trend of waste sorting is sweeping across China. The Chinese government is encouraging residents to form the habit of waste sorting, to improve their living environment and contribute to green and sustainable development. Check out this video and have a look at why China has started to classify its garbage.
Small-scale eco-farmers are key to the government’s push for sustainability. Can they overcome the challenges? Wang Chen investigates
Seventeen families gathered to take part in Time Farm’s sports day earlier this year, attracted perhaps by the unusual nature of the activities, which included a vegetable hauling competition and a weeding race.
The eco-farm’s founder, Gu Yingjun, hoped the event would help promote ideas of agricultural sustainability and build closer links with his customers.
The 48-year-old established the farm in Jiangning, a district of Nanjing in Jiangsu province, in 2012, after quitting his job as an IT consultant in the banking sector. A year later, the government announced plans to create a “resource-conserving and environmentally friendly agriculture sector” by 2020. Gu had chosen the right time to make his move. But mainstream agriculture keeps prices low, and Gu’s farming methods are laborious and costly. It was six years before his farm broke even.
“Despite our high costs, we can’t put prices up or things won’t sell. We need to price our products within an acceptable range,” Gu explained.
This, in a nutshell, is the obstacle to China’s agricultural transition.
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