WorldViews: China’s fishermen explain why they think the sea is theirs

By Will Englund, June 7, 2015

TANMEN, China — Little boats with noisy engines puttered purposefully down the river and out toward the South China Sea. Big vessels — ships, really, with three or four decks, and heavy equipment — lay tied up close to the crowded town, looming over the low buildings along the bank. Then a workhorse of the sea — high-bowed, about 40 feet long, wheelhouse astern — slipped by. It was heading out for a week, or more likely a couple of weeks, on the open water. Crewmen, stripped to the waist, lathered up and washed from a barrel of water on deck as their trip began. The boat cleared the last bulkhead and then let loose with dozens of firecrackers that hung in strings over the sides.Read full article >>