Nicola Davison is a British freelance writer and editor based in London.
The Guardian
Illegal kidney trade booms as new organ is 'sold every hour'

Illegal kidney trade booms as new organ is ‘sold every hour’

The illegal trade in kidneys has risen to such a level that an estimated 10,000 black market operations involving purchased human organs now take place annually, or more than one an hour, World Health Organisation experts have revealed. Evidence collected by a worldwide network of doctors shows that traffickers are defying laws intended to curtail their activities...
In China, criminals fill the kidney donor deficit

In China, criminals fill the kidney donor deficit

Chinese doctors perform a legal kidney transplant in Changsha city, Hunan province. Patients have a 0.5% chance of a transplant each year. Photograph: Fu Zhiyong/Imaginechina By the time Hu Jie changed his mind about selling his kidney it was too late. The 25-year-old migrant worker had travelled to a distant province and had medical checks....
Weetabix deal highlights China's shifting tastes

Weetabix deal highlights China’s shifting tastes

There is no breakfast cereal aisle in Chinese supermarkets; shoppers who want Bran Flakes must visit expensive imported goods shops in big cities. Otherwise, they start the day with something like salty congee (rice porridge) served with a cup of soymilk or a deep-fried dough stick. But the sale of Weetabix to the Shanghai-based Bright...
China's surrogate mothers see business boom in year of the dragon

China’s surrogate mothers see business boom in year of the dragon

    Two years after giving away the baby boy she’d carried for nine months, Gao cries less. His new mum treats him well, and she finds comfort in the smiling family photos uploaded online. Besides, she has her own biological seven-year-old to care for – and she’s busy searching for another infertile couple seeking a womb....
How Youku is helping China's film-makers get round the censors

How Youku is helping China’s film-makers get round the censors

  Hollywood has long been eyeing the moneymaking potential of China. Earlier this month 20th Century Fox found a route in to the world’s third largest film market, forging a landmark deal with Youku – the Chinese YouTube – to stream 250 films to China’s 400m online video viewers. In a country where what’s shown on screen...

Shanghai matchmaking event attracts huge crowds

In Shanghai’s Thames Town – a bizarre suburban re-creation of a traditional British town, complete with mock-tudor architecture – elbows are sharp on day one of an inaugural matchmaking expo, an event formulated to tackle the city’s burgeoning number of lonely hearts. At 10.30am, uniformed guards stem a swarm of hopefuls trying to enter the...

Chinese Christianity will not be crushed

Visiting Beijing’s now-disbanded Shouwang church late last summer, I struggled to secure a seat. For an “underground” church it was very rowdy. Housed in a bland conference room at a state-run television studio, the church was crammed with some 300 people scrabbling for foldaway chairs. In the corner, a Yamaha keyboard accompanied a lilac-robed choir. When the...