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Alice Yan

Short-skirt prices draw crowds amid sexism row

Cut-price admission for women who wear short skirts has boosted an amusement park's ticket sales, but has sparked heated debate as word of the controversial offer was picked up by the national media and spread rapidly online.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:03pm

7 nurses victims of hospital violence

In two separate and unrelated incidents on Tuesday night, seven nurses at hospitals in Shanghai and the southwestern city of Kunming were attacked by angry fathers upset at the way their children had been cared for - the latest in a series of confrontations underscoring tensions between medical staff and patients.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:56pm

Rail-crash relatives are resigned to the outcome

Families who lost loved ones in the Wenzhou high-speed train crash a year ago yesterday have criticised the authorities' attitude since the tragedy but now say they want to get on with their lives.

24 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

'Miracle' survivor refused entry to kindergarten

The 'miracle girl' survivor of last year's Wenzhou high-speed train crash, Xiang Weiyi, has been turned away by Shanghai kindergartens because of her injured leg.

Nicknamed Yiyi, she was the last person to be pulled alive from the wreckage after the July 23 collision, which left 40 people dead and nearly 200 injured. Her mother and father were among the dead.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Shanghainese welcome bid to revive dialect

When the first television news programme in Shanghainese launched late last month, many Shanghai residents welcomed the broadcast as an overdue jolt of support for a dying dialect.

But linguists and cultural experts say the 20-minute programme, Xin Wen Fang (News Workshop), which airs every Saturday evening, must be accompanied by a broader campaign to revive the dialect.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Luxury shanghai hotels dump dodgy dim sum

Several luxury hotels in Shanghai scrambled to throw out dim sum made by a local supplier after finding out it did not have a licence.

Officials refused to renew the factory's production licence in May because of hygiene concerns at one of its plants.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Crew taking music to the stars

There has been a great deal of media hype about how different today's Shenzhou-IX mission will be compared to previous Chinese space missions with all-male crew.

Perhaps the astronauts' choice of in-flight entertainment for the latest mission sheds some light on the changes.

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

'Beautiful teacher' becomes new hero

Mainlanders lamenting the lack of Good Samaritans have found a champion in Zhang Lili.

The middle school teacher, 29, has received national praise and inspired widespread soul-searching in the three weeks since she lost her legs pushing two children from the path of a bus in Jiamusi, Heilongjiang province.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Brash Russian cellist puts his foot in it

Anti-foreigner sentiment was further inflamed yesterday after a video clip showing an expatriate insulting a woman on the Shenyang-Beijing train went viral.

The woman had asked the man to take his bare feet off the back of her seat. Monday's fracas ended with a security officer advising the woman to ignore the offence because the man 'is an artist'.

18 May 2012 - 12:00am

Doctors doubt 'hollow vow'

Medical professionals cast doubt on the effectiveness of a pledge to curb angry displays by relatives of patients who die unexpectedly, saying it merely paid lip-service to a practice that has seen doctors killed.

3 May 2012 - 12:00am

Surrogates here to stay

For wealthy mainland families, going overseas to give birth is just one of the many ways of evading Beijing's one-child policy. Using surrogate mothers is another - at least for the time being.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Stem cells could halt Huntington's

Mainland research on stem cells could point the way to an effective treatment for Huntington's disease, an inherited incurable degenerative brain disorder.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Cold approach stirs parenting debate

A video clip showing a young boy running in the snow while wearing only underpants and sports shoes has spurred another round of heated debate on the mainland about how to raise children.

18 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Odyssey in search of human kindness

In a project hatched by the internet giant Tencent to prove the mainland remains a warm-hearted place despite recent shocking incidents, 10 adults and a five-year-old boy recently travelled across the country armed with just 140 yuan (HK$172) each.

25 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Ethics training for officials far too late

Mainland civil servants are used to being sent on a wide variety of compulsory training courses, but the latest one looks like being too little, too late, to fix a very real problem.

24 Dec 2011 - 12:00am