Social Philosophy

Chinese women's long march to equal rights and participation

Prior to her execution by a Kuomintang firing squad in 1928, the political activist Xiang Jingyu famously declared: "If the women's suffrage movement is successful, it will simply mean that a bunch of women will enter the pigsties of the nation's parliaments where, togeth

Friday, 31 August, 2012, 2:13am

West has no reason to be smug

West has no reason to be smug

If it had been my 10-year-old daughter, it might have been OK. A simple mistake, the duty of parents to correct. But when the error is made by someone who wants to be the next leader of the free world, and when it concerns primary-school levels of general knowledge, it is more troubling.

18 Aug 2012 - 4:47am

Helen Gurley Brown, longtime Cosmopolitan editor, dies at 90

Helen Gurley Brown, seen here in her flat in 1965, has died at the age of 90. Some saw her as the first feminist spokeswoman. Photo: Bettmann/CORBIS

Helen Gurley Brown, who inspired women in the 1960s to go out and get what they wanted out of life, including good sex whether they were married or not, has died.

The longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine died on Monday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia, aged 90, said Hearst Corporation.

15 Aug 2012 - 5:02am

Europe has only itself to blame

Capitalism in the West is not only deficient and diseased but is not working.

Kevin Rafferty

SCMP Business, July 25

26 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

New appreciation of old 'Asian values'

Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore, came up with the 'Asian values' argument to justify legitimate but non-democratic regimes. More recently, the Communist Party of China, having jettisoned communism in all but name, is trying to revive Confucianism for the same purpose.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Leaner, fitter

If, given the imminent rise of Asia, the world wants to avoid a bleak future, austerity has to be the new global norm. While that suggestion may provoke consternation in many of the world's leading economists, it is still the only way to address global inequalities - which these prominent economists at least profess to care about deeply.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

What women really, really want

If a job is done well, it should make no difference whether the employee is male or female, and they should be rewarded with the same pay for the same work. It sounds like an argument based on indisputable logic, and yet the issue of the gender gap in pay is still unresolved in many countries.

26 May 2012 - 12:00am

Family first

Many Hongkongers would agree that they often wish they could spend more time with their family. With the passage of the International Day of Families on Tuesday, it is a good time to ask: Have we done enough to ensure that our loved ones get the attention they deserve?

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Our future economic success rests on the balanced sum of state and market

The more I study the Indian and Chinese growth models, the more I realise that the debate over the state versus the market is a false dichotomy. Both the state and the market are inseparable, interactive and interdependent social institutions.

14 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Talk the walk, walk the talk

The term 'body language' is so ubiquitous today that it seems it's been around for as long as its two component words. However, Robert Phipps - body-language expert and author of this study - tells us that this 'science' has only been around for about 25 years. As a result, it is a relatively new area of study. And it's also a crucial one for job-hunters.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Game of rivals

If anything, the recent Brookings Institution-Peking University report on the strategic distrust between the United States and China points to a difficult period ahead for the world's two most powerful countries.

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Sorry, but mainland is far from being a market economy

The economists within the liberal ranks understand that market economics forms the foundation of China's success. Yet their economic position has been hijacked by political ideologues who insist on linking market economics to the political system of liberal democracy.

5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

There's still hope for global freedom

While 2011 was seen as a year of movement towards global liberalism, in reality, no significant changes happened.

The Freedom in the World 2012 report shows more countries registered declines, not gains, in civil liberties last year.

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Dedicated scourge of crony capitalism

Born into an age of upheaval and reform, Wu Jinglian remains a strong voice of economic change, having survived war, revolution, the turbulent Cultural Revolution, and Deng Xiaoping's sweeping reforms.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

How stereotypes of the world differ

A stereotype is a simplified idea about a group of people or things. The way we create these stereotypes in our mind can be strongly affected by the way we are brought up. For example, an American of European heritage may have a very different idea of China compared to a China-born Chinese person.

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am