Category Archives: Features

Chinese Police Begin Crackdown on Child Porn

Hidden deep below the underground world of common pornography in China is something illegal in all but a handful of countries: child pornography. In recent weeks, Chinese police have caught a number of organizations, websites and people involved in the production and distribution of...


China Focused on School Bullying, but its ‘Rise’ May be Myth

Mingming (pseudonym) went to the restroom during a class break, and his fellow students Liangliang (pseudonym) and Junjun (pseudonym) followed close behind. Once Mingming was inside the toilet stall, Liangliang emptied a trashcan full of used toilet paper and feces on his head while...


International Students Stumble During Study Aboard

The Hurun Report released its “2016 Study Abroad Trend Special Report,” an analysis of major trends in the study abroad market for Chinese students. According to the report, rising wealth in Chinese families is driving down the age at which students begin their overseas...


Child Drop-Outs Driven by Trends, Not Poverty

The stories of Xiaowei, a 15-year-old drop-out, and similar children dominated the front pages of Chinese media on November 30. Xiaowei came to Changshu, Jiangsu province from his home Anshun, Guizhou province in February to labor at a small workshop. The shop closed last...


Education Policy Shifts China’s Study Burden to Parents

A mother in Shenzhen was surprised to learn her son could no longer remember any of the characters he learned during the recent school year when he returned to class after the National Day break. She and her husband were quick to blame a...


Rare Diseases Sufferers Face Discrimination, Lack of Support

Russian photographer Yulia Taits’ portraits of albinos stunned the world. In his works, the white hair, white eyelashes and pale face of the patients were like angels in fairytales. While Taits’ work found beauty in a condition that can be a struggle for many,...


Frauds Feign Illness on Crowdfunding Platforms

Serious ailments are expensive to treat, but they are even more expensive to treat for China’s poor. For years, Chinese patients with life-threatening conditions have been expected to draw on the finances of their relatives and friends. But in recent years, some are taking...


‘Haigui’ Employment Begins Nosedive

Zhang Jialing, a 24-year-old “haigui” who returned to China to find work, has been disappointed in her job search. After attending two tests and four interviews, Zhang found her master’s diploma from the UK isn’t that valuable. Finding a job is the top priority...


Avian Migration Turns Countryside into a Hotbed of Poaching

Poaching of China’s native animal species is on the rise, with birds and other migratory animals the target. A spokesperson for the State Forestry Administration said the government is taking action to end the illegal capture and sale of wildlife across the country. Rampant...


When Corporal Punishment Goes too Far

Seven students who were forced to kneel in front of their classroom and slap themselves in the face for failing an English assignment in Guang’an, Sichuan province became the most circulated story on Sina Weibo on October 12. The use of corporal punishment in...