Families in China

It is often not a cause for concern if your partner has a celebrity crush. A relationship expert explains why they’re harmless – and what to do if a crush really does start to impede your relationship.

When you have been with a partner for a long time, you sometimes see only problems. You need to focus on the positives, see the good sides of the other person, appreciate small gestures, and speak frankly about genuine issues you may have.

Learning the art of self-forgiveness will help you stop criticising yourself for things you did in the past. By removing this negative thinking, you’ll find peace of mind and a happier relationship.

It may sound cold, but discussing a prenup can demonstrate your willingness to hear your partner, acknowledge their fears and concerns, and reach a compromise that can provide a solid foundation for marriage.

If only one person is committed to an intimate relationship, it puts pressure on both partners. A sex educator gives tips on how to work out whether you are in an ‘almost relationship’, and if it can be salvaged.

Many people look for that one person who can be there for them, someone who gets them and stands by their side to make sure they feel less alone and vulnerable. Luisa Tam gives some tips on facing that search.

  • It is uncommon but legal for children to take their mother’s surname instead of their father’s in China
  • According to the Ministry of Public Security’s yearly report on names, around 7.7 per cent of newborns in 2020 took their mother’s surname

Aria Young’s award-winning podcast ‘What’s In A Name?’ explores her roots through the acceptance of her native name – one she replaced with an English one when she moved to the US.


Private tutoring firms are collapsing across China, leaving angry customers out thousands of dollars. Meanwhile, some tutors look to cash in via a burgeoning black market, but others are being forced to leave China.


Chinese parents avoid telling their children upsetting news, even if it is about their own health. From a Confucian view illness is a family issue, an expert explains. Still, this needs to change, a doctor says.


Many parents in China are ignorant about how to help their autistic children, say support organisations, while government subsidies and legal protection are lacking.

With more than 60 per cent of Chinese children aged between six and 17 sleeping less than eight hours a day, the Ministry of Education has called on schools to find ways to ensure pupils get more.

Ministry of Education’s plans for more PE classes in schools and teaching methods that ‘cultivate masculinity’ have been strongly criticised by gender and sexuality experts.

With passage of the family education law, China will join 60 other jurisdictions that have made it illegal for parents to hit their children. But police struggled to implement an earlier ban on corporal punishment.

Ran Yinxiao is only 19, but he has turned a real-life gay couple’s story of their adoption of a child into a movie that challenges traditional views about the Chinese LGBT community.

Documentary about a Chinese former Olympic baseball star’s efforts to secure a better future through the sport for some of the millions of ‘left-behind’ children in the country has been praised as inspirational by cinema-goers.

A 13-year-old child bride in southern China was ordered to go back to school after a video of her getting married to a 17-year-old boy caused a huge stir in the country.

A government plan to raise the retirement age in China has sparked anger. An academic points out people stay in education longer these days and their life expectancy is higher than when pensionable ages were set decades ago.

The problems and fears working mothers in China face rejoining the workforce and balancing their jobs with family life have been highlighted by a survey.

There has been a rise in child abuse and neglect in Hong Kong with children and stressed parents – many of who have lost their jobs – spending more time at home, says Vanessa Hemavathi, board chair of Help for Children Asia.

Mentally disabled Yu Man-hon was 15 when he went missing at the border of Hong Kong and mainland China 20 years ago and has not been seen since. A reporter who followed the case recalls the experience.

Several parents have spoken out alleging racism at Hong Kong’s ESF schools following the publication of an open letter last month by a student at King George V School accusing teachers of various acts of discrimination.