A ballot box used to elect the village representatives of Wukan is now used as a make-shift table for gambling in a centre for the elderly. Photo: SCMP
Patrick Boehler
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Patrick Boehler

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A ballot box used to elect the village representatives of Wukan is now used as a make-shift table for gambling in a centre for the elderly. Photo: SCMP
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Patrick Boehler

Patrick Boehler

Patrick Boehler has published on China and Southeast Asia in four languages for publications in the US, Europe and Asia. After stints with Austria's ministries of defence and foreign affairs in Vienna and Beijing, he began his reporting career in Kuala Lumpur with the Malaysian online news portal Malaysiakini and, later, The Irrawaddy Magazine, a Myanmar exile publication in Thailand. He holds a doctorate in political science and has taught journalism at the University of Hong Kong. Follow him on Twitter: @mrbaopanrui