Category Archives: Society

To Urbanization

By Freddie Yu 16-year-old artist Freddie Yu is leading a group of Generation Z artists born after 2000 to host an exhibition at GinkGoSpace gallery from July 8th through July 10th 2017. The show incorporates a variety of art forms–including painting, line winding, and...


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...


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...


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...


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...