Category Archives: Society

Holding Down the Funeral Industry’s Rising Costs

During last week’s Qingming Festival, people around the country mobilized to visit the graves of loved ones and pay their respects – and to pay their bills. China’s funerary services are becoming incredibly expensive as fancy flowers, urns and memorial halls get rolled into...


Vaping on the Rise in China

2015 was a busy year for 25-year-old Pan Weiren’s chain of vaping supply shop. Earlier this year, his e-cigarette shop and bar Mr. Vape opened a fifth location in Wangjing, a busy neighborhood in Chaoyang district. Pan got into vaping while he was studying...


How Traditional Medicine Gains – and Loses – by Standardization

Dr. Jing Wang is the sixth generation of traditional Chinese medicine practitioners in her family. Her grandfather learned how to mix and boil herbs from an old village doctor. Wang herself graduated from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. During her Ph. D program, she...


Zhihu ‘Goddess’ Tong Yao Exposed as Male Charity Scammer

With stories about life with her sweetheart, the charming Tong Yao rose to Internet fame on Zhihu, a popular question-and-answer website. It’s not hard to guess what made her so popular with China’s netizens: the graduate of Fudan University had achieved the China Dream,...


Lawsuit Highlights China’s HIV Confidentiality Dilemma

Wang Xin (pseudonym), a young man in Henan Province, recently made headlines when he sued a local hospital for failing to inform him that his wife was infected with HIV during their premarital health check. Wang and his wife Ye Qing (pseudonym) married last...


Fame for Sale on the Chinese Web

Chinese media began circulating a video of two men “fighting” on the Beijing subway on January 9. Within a day, their battle over perceived discrimination was reposted on most Chinese news portals. But while angry viewers jumped to side with each of the men,...


Special Interests, Poor Planning Collide in Ongoing Villa Prohibition

In spite of a decade-long moratorium, real estate listings reveal that Beijing and Shanghai’s limited available land continues to be funneled into costly villas. The Ministry of Land and Resources first enacted restrictions on villa construction in 2003, prohibiting the development of low-density residential...


No Room in Public for China’s Breastfeeding Moms

China’s Internet users have been battling each other for days over what may be one of the last great debates of 2015: breastfeeding. Few things manage to be both so natural and controversial. The most recent debate stems from photos of a young mother...


Sex Dolls Offer Prostitution Alternative, Escape from Rejection

Chinese social media sites have been at witter with discussion over a picture series depicting a 28-year-old man and his sex doll. The pictures show the man hugging his doll in front of a sunlit window, staring lovingly into its eyes and kissing the...


Hunters Head Abroad in Search of Game

For many Chinese tourists to North America, extravagant shopping trips are no longer the top attraction. The wealthiest are finding adventure in aerial hunting. Li Jinyou, a Chinese hunting and shooting coach, told World Journal that most of the thrill seekers favor shooting from...