The two-story building where Ms. Sun’s ancestors opened a bakery in the 1840s — their clientele included the Qing emperor and his court — has been on Beijing’s demolition list since Monday. Local officials have notified the Sun family that the building is along the route of the Olympic marathon. Land is needed for a beautification project. A bulldozer is parked outside.
Little Building Defies Beijing’s Olympic Ambitions
“I’m just waiting for them to tear it down,” Ms. Sun, 55, said during an interview Wednesday afternoon inside the building. Her defiance is articulated on posters in English and Chinese that she has affixed to her door. “This is illegal!” one poster declares. “I have to use my life to protect our house!”
Beijing sounds a lot like Brooklyn.
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