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Chinese Society

Migrant workers feel like outsiders in mainland cities, says survey

Despite spending years working in mainland cities, migrant workers still feel like outsiders and say their only sense of happiness comes from their families, a Renmin University survey has found.

Sunday, 3 March, 2013, 5:35am

Signs of hope for gays on the mainland

A young lesbian couple in Beijing complained they were treated with disrespect and were snubbed this week when they went to a district marriage registry to try and marry legally. They decided to publicise their misadventure at the registry in a bid to challenge the law - which does not recognise gay marriage - and raise awareness.

27 Feb 2013 - 4:55am

Author Chan Koonchung on the 'fat man' that is China

To stay well, the former Hong Kong publisher advises that one should do some dodging to accommodate the clumsy giant who has yet to learn how to co-ordinate his arms and legs.

17 Feb 2013 - 4:42pm 3 comments

Revellers in face masks setting off fireworks sparks rethink of ritual

The spectacle of Beijingers wearing face masks as they set off firecrackers in smog-choked streets at the start of the Lunar New Year led many to ask themselves a question: is the noisy custom appropriate, given the mainland's deteriorating air quality?

17 Feb 2013 - 1:59am 2 comments

China rediscovering a more tolerant past

It could have been a scene straight from an Ang Lee movie. But this real-life incident from last week speaks volumes about gay rights and culture in contemporary China.

21 Feb 2013 - 10:10am

When China's collective vision meets America's individual voice

The governing systems of the world's two largest economies are in crisis. As the United States has been grappling with a fiscal cliff, China faces a social cliff. Without major reform, both will falter.

4 Feb 2013 - 3:02am

Xi's 'southern tour' speech shows why women's rights must advance

A speech Xi Jinping made during his "southern tour" last month is being circulated within party ranks, veteran journalist Gao Yu said in an article published on the website of the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. The full text of the speech has been posted online. If that is indeed the speech Xi made, then it is clear China has a new leader who is more conservative and more intractable than his predecessors.

4 Feb 2013 - 3:02am 1 comment

Brain drain should send message to China's leaders

A former New Zealand prime minister once laughed off emigration of his young compatriots to Australia as an IQ boost for both countries. But a brain drain is no joke. Few developing countries can afford it. It may be argued that China is one that can at this stage of its development because a population of more than 1.3 billion provides a bottomless pool of talent.

6 Jan 2013 - 2:51am

Easing of college exam barriers fails to satisfy migrant parents

Migrant parents expressed disappointment yesterday after three of the largest magnets of migrant labour - Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong - announced only a modest relaxation of residency restrictions for college entrance exams.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:37am 1 comment

The missing Chinese in the Chinese dream

Following the conclusion of the 18th national congress of the Communist Party, general secretary Xi Jinping toured the southern city of Shenzhen, reminiscent of Deng Xiaoping's famous southern tour exactly 20 years ago, which ushered in an unprecedented period of growth and prosperity in China's modern history.

24 Dec 2012 - 3:58am 13 comments

Dreamers choose 'meng' as their word of the year

The Chinese character meng, meaning dream, has been named "character of the year" on the mainland, putting poll organisers and much of the public on a collision course over how the word should be interpreted.

21 Dec 2012 - 4:37am

Land grabs are main cause of mainland protests, experts say

Land seizures, pollution and labour disputes have been the three main causes of tens of thousands of mass protests in recent years, according to a top think-tank.

20 Dec 2012 - 4:12am

Exodus of China's rich and skilled for better lives

More than 150,000 mainlanders obtained overseas citizenship last year, making China the world's biggest source of immigrants, a report released this week says.

19 Dec 2012 - 7:18am 6 comments

Luo Diandian campaigns for death with dignity

Most mainlanders spare no effort to obtain the best medical treatment available to extend the lives of loved ones in the terminal stage of an illness, but 61-year-old Luo Diandian is calling for a different approach: let loved ones die with dignity rather than draw out their suffering.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:41am 1 comment

In China, panic buyers prepare for the end of the world

Candles are suddenly a hot commodity in Longchang county, Neijiang city.

Panic buyers seeking candles and matches have been flowing into Luo Huanlin's small grocery near the county government headquarters ever since a rumour began circulating that a three-day blackout would strike on December 21, the date on which some people believe the world will end.

14 Dec 2012 - 9:50am