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Opinion | Xi Jinping would rather the Chinese forgot the true legacy of the May Fourth protests. But we mustn’t

A century on, Beijing is turning the May Fourth Movement into a lesson in patriotism. But we also need to remember that, before the communist takeover, the student demonstrations of 1919 were associated with democracy.

4 May 2019 - 10:30AM

A century on, Beijing is turning the May Fourth Movement into a lesson in patriotism. But we also need to remember that, before the communist takeover, the student demonstrations of 1919 were associated with democracy.

Xi Jinping would rather the Chinese forgot the true legacy of the May Fourth protests. But we mustn’t
Opinion | Rabies vaccine scandal reveals China’s tattered moral fabric

The Communist Party’s violent discarding of traditional values, suppression of religion and later embrace of cutthroat capitalism has severely damaged social trust. The party has attempted moral campaigns since then but, as the Changsheng scandal shows, they have not worked.

25 Jul 2018 - 10:39AM

The Communist Party’s violent discarding of traditional values, suppression of religion and later embrace of cutthroat capitalism has severely damaged social trust. The party has attempted moral campaigns since then but, as the Changsheng scandal shows, they have not worked.

Rabies vaccine scandal reveals China’s tattered moral fabric
Opinion | Sex pests on the subway: China is finally cracking down, thanks to its brave women

The Beijing authorities are finally cracking down on gropers on public transport, four years after five women were arrested for calling attention to the problem. The change in the government’s attitude should be attributed to the work of these activists and the #MeToo movement.

6 Jul 2018 - 6:01PM

The Beijing authorities are finally cracking down on gropers on public transport, four years after five women were arrested for calling attention to the problem. The change in the government’s attitude should be attributed to the work of these activists and the #MeToo movement.

Sex pests on the subway: China is finally cracking down, thanks to its brave women
Opinion | Left-behind children a poignant reminder of the cost of China’s development

In the run-up to Children’s Day on June 1, China should take action to help the millions of children living away from their migrant worker parents.

26 May 2018 - 7:24PM

In the run-up to Children’s Day on June 1, China should take action to help the millions of children living away from their migrant worker parents.

Left-behind children a poignant reminder of the cost of China’s development
Gender discrimination in China is resurfacing as employers seek pretty women, or men

China’s new economy has brought back regressive ideas about women, resulting in the objectification of women in job adverts and a widening gender pay gap

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

China’s new economy has brought back regressive ideas about women, resulting in the objectification of women in job adverts and a widening gender pay gap

Gender discrimination in China is resurfacing as employers seek pretty women, or men
One of 60 million: life as a ‘left-behind’ child in China

China has a lost generation of ‘left-behind’ children, mostly the offspring of migrant workers forced to leave villages for cities in search of jobs. Huang Yuzhong was just 8 years old when his parents went. This is his story.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

China has a lost generation of ‘left-behind’ children, mostly the offspring of migrant workers forced to leave villages for cities in search of jobs. Huang Yuzhong was just 8 years old when his parents went. This is his story.

One of 60 million: life as a ‘left-behind’ child in China
How China’s market economy has fuelled a prostitution boom
Prostitution to redemption: a Chinese farm girl’s journey
Aung San Suu Kyi's former aide Ma Thida on prison, hopes for Myanmar, and The Lady

Ma Thida is not one to mince words. The author, doctor and activist talks to Lijia Zhang about being a bad prisoner but a good citizen, and why she doesn't always agree with Aung San Suu Kyi.

12 Sep 2015 - 4:15PM

Ma Thida is not one to mince words. The author, doctor and activist talks to Lijia Zhang about being a bad prisoner but a good citizen, and why she doesn't always agree with Aung San Suu Kyi.

Aung San Suu Kyi's former aide Ma Thida on prison, hopes for Myanmar, and The Lady
Profile: Dominique Othenin-Girard - Swiss filmmaker and Sinophile

The Swiss film director tells Lijia Zhang about learning to lie, making a biopic about a hero and his fascination with China, which he now calls home.

7 Mar 2015 - 8:16PM

The Swiss film director tells Lijia Zhang about learning to lie, making a biopic about a hero and his fascination with China, which he now calls home.

Profile: Dominique Othenin-Girard - Swiss filmmaker and Sinophile
China's savvy young women begin to tear down the walls of gender discrimination
The grim reality of China's migrant factory workers
New domestic violence law won't change chauvinistic attitudes of China's men

On a snowy Sunday in February last year, when Chaoyang District People's Court announced the final divorce verdict of Kim Lee, I was among a dozen or so supporters and activists who waited outside.

8 Dec 2014 - 6:23AM

On a snowy Sunday in February last year, when Chaoyang District People's Court announced the final divorce verdict of Kim Lee, I was among a dozen or so supporters and activists who waited outside.

New domestic violence law won't change chauvinistic attitudes of China's men
Think tanks with Chinese characteristics won't fully succeed in muzzling scholars

At the meeting of the "leading group for overall reform" at the end of last month, President Xi Jinping called for the building of "a new type of think tank with Chinese characteristics".

17 Nov 2014 - 4:48AM

At the meeting of the "leading group for overall reform" at the end of last month, President Xi Jinping called for the building of "a new type of think tank with Chinese characteristics".

Think tanks with Chinese characteristics won't fully succeed in muzzling scholars
The everyday challenges of China's ageing population demand attention

At 50 and in excellent health, I had hardly given any thought to ageing. Having spent the past two weeks at my father's hospice in Nanjing, however, I was pushed to confront the grim reality of it.

27 Oct 2014 - 4:06AM

At 50 and in excellent health, I had hardly given any thought to ageing. Having spent the past two weeks at my father's hospice in Nanjing, however, I was pushed to confront the grim reality of it.

The everyday challenges of China's ageing population demand attention
Mainlanders remain cool to Hong Kong's democracy fever

As someone who took part in the pro-democracy movement back in 1989, I followed the unfolding pro-democracy protests with keen interest and found the images of umbrellas being used as shields exciting and inspiring.

8 Oct 2014 - 9:08PM

As someone who took part in the pro-democracy movement back in 1989, I followed the unfolding pro-democracy protests with keen interest and found the images of umbrellas being used as shields exciting and inspiring.

Mainlanders remain cool to Hong Kong's democracy fever
In time, Chinese tourists will learn to behave better abroad

I smile to myself just to think that I, a former spitting champion, should write a piece about manners (or, rather, the lack of them) among the Chinese.

27 Sep 2014 - 2:56AM

I smile to myself just to think that I, a former spitting champion, should write a piece about manners (or, rather, the lack of them) among the Chinese.

In time, Chinese tourists will learn to behave better abroad
Lack of school support for China's migrant children a crying shame

The start of a new school year should be a joyful time. Instead, in Beijing, it has heralded tears and painful family separations: the children of migrant workers who failed to secure a place at a local school have been forced to leave.

15 Sep 2014 - 11:38PM

The start of a new school year should be a joyful time. Instead, in Beijing, it has heralded tears and painful family separations: the children of migrant workers who failed to secure a place at a local school have been forced to leave.

Lack of school support for China's migrant children a crying shame
Chinese culture fails to make the grade for today's mixed-race children

May, my 17-year-old elder daughter, told me the results of her school exams by phone. When there was a pause, she asked: "Are you disappointed?" I shouldn't have been. Three As and a B were good results.

8 Sep 2014 - 10:34AM

May, my 17-year-old elder daughter, told me the results of her school exams by phone. When there was a pause, she asked: "Are you disappointed?" I shouldn't have been. Three As and a B were good results.

Chinese culture fails to make the grade for today's mixed-race children
China must heed anger over health care standards to curb hospital violence

Medical workers used to be flatteringly called "angels in white" in mainland China. Now their profession has become one of the most dangerous, following a spate of bloody incidents at hospitals across the nation.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

Medical workers used to be flatteringly called "angels in white" in mainland China. Now their profession has become one of the most dangerous, following a spate of bloody incidents at hospitals across the nation.

China must heed anger over health care standards to curb hospital violence
Debunking the myths of Mao Zedong

This week, China celebrates the 120th birth date of the founding father of the People's Republic - Mao Zedong. No one looms larger in the narrative of modern China.

21 Jun 2018 - 3:28PM

This week, China celebrates the 120th birth date of the founding father of the People's Republic - Mao Zedong. No one looms larger in the narrative of modern China.

Debunking the myths of Mao Zedong
China's rebels with a feminist cause

The play The Vagina Monologues has provoked debate and controversy around the world, yet nothing as ugly as in China. To advertise for a Chinese version of the show on their campus, 17 women students from the Beijing Foreign Studies University recently posed for the cameras, each holding up a sign "quoting" her vagina. "My vagina says: I want freedom," read one; "My vagina says: I decide who to let in," said another.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

The play The Vagina Monologues has provoked debate and controversy around the world, yet nothing as ugly as in China. To advertise for a Chinese version of the show on their campus, 17 women students from the Beijing Foreign Studies University recently posed for the cameras, each holding up a sign "quoting" her vagina. "My vagina says: I want freedom," read one; "My vagina says: I decide who to let in," said another.

China's rebels with a feminist cause
China's state sport system has to change
Wife-beating has no place in modern China
In China, sex workers' lack of legal protection fans police abuse
China's corrupt officials have more to fear from jilted lover than crackdown

Chinese government officials, with their formal attire and serious talk, don't particularly strike one as sexually charged. Yet it seems that just about all corrupt officials in China have mistresses. So much so that there's now a popular saying: "Behind each corrupt official, there is a mistress."

16 Aug 2013 - 4:08AM

Chinese government officials, with their formal attire and serious talk, don't particularly strike one as sexually charged. Yet it seems that just about all corrupt officials in China have mistresses. So much so that there's now a popular saying: "Behind each corrupt official, there is a mistress."

China's corrupt officials have more to fear from jilted lover than crackdown
Can China's new leaders finally lay to rest ghosts of the Cultural Revolution?

Once again, the term wen ge - short for the Cultural Revolution - is buzzing around China's web. This time, discussion was sparked by the trial last month of a man for an alleged murder in 1967, at the height of the Cultural Revolution.

14 May 2016 - 3:38PM

Once again, the term wen ge - short for the Cultural Revolution - is buzzing around China's web. This time, discussion was sparked by the trial last month of a man for an alleged murder in 1967, at the height of the Cultural Revolution.

Can China's new leaders finally lay to rest ghosts of the Cultural Revolution?