Category Archives: Features

Surrogacy’s Future Still Unclear in China

A draft on family and population planning released by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on December 21 reiterated that surrogate pregnancy remains banned in China. Its strong wording set off angry discussions online, and a day later the line about surrogacy...


Beauty Behind the Fireworks

In recent years, firecrackers for celebrating Chinese New Year have been on sale at tents throughout the city. This year – on account of worsening air pollution – Beijing placed a strict ban on the use of fireworks within Third Ring Road. There are...


Fake Plastic Surgery Schools Corrupt Industry

Plastic surgeries are as popular with celebrities as they are with average people eager to look a little better, and China is one of the world’s largest markets for beauty procedures. But many surgery attempts have gone awry in recent years thanks to what...


National Exams Again Students’ Only Road to College

The National College Entrance Exams, also known as the Gaokao, is the most important test in China. Students’ scores in six subjects – combined with a few extra points from other activities – determine whether they will be able to continue their studies. The...


Workers’ Fight to Get Back Salary

The last few months before Spring Festival are when most people are preparing to return home and unite with their families. For China’s migrant workers, the season marks a yearly battle to recover withheld pay – especially in the engineering and construction industries. On...


Excavation Brings Answers About Xi Dynasty

The archaeological discovery of Zhang Xianzhong’s sunken silver in January has sparked a renewed interest in the would-be emperor’s short-lived Xi Dynasty (1644-1646). During the later years of the Chongzhen Emperor’s reign (1628-1644), Zhang was a roving bandit who styled himself as the Eighth...


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...