The most curiously Chinese Letter-and-Visits (Xinfang) Bureau

As I walked over to the Beijing apartment of my dear friend Peter, he happened to point out the Xinfang Bureau, perhaps one of the most quintessentially Chinese government inventions.

The Xinfang Bureau’s entire reason for existence is to process any written or in-person complaints about other government bureaus. At least, it’s supposed to. And it’s meant to suggest that the government is taking care of internal problems.

However, Peter said that sometimes there is a van parked outside so that, if large groups come to file a complaint, they will be directed to the van, and shipped off to somewhere else. :-/


One Reply to “The most curiously Chinese Letter-and-Visits (Xinfang) Bureau”

  1. That’s crazy! Maybe they are shipped off to another bureau for additional help?

    Is this blog along with the bicycling blog (both written in May ’09) the earliest blogs? I want to start with the ealier ones and make my way to the newer ones.

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