This Week on CDT, April 28, 2014

CDT interviews Leta Hong Fincher about her new book, Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China. Her book not only looks at the state of women’s rights in China today, but also reveals government insecurity about unbalanced demographics, leading to propaganda campaigns that stigmatize unmarried women and encourage young, urban, educated couples to procreate. Hong Fincher also writes about women taking a personal stand through involvement in feminist activism or by refusing to enter institution of marriage altogether.

Censors requested that online stores selling VPNs remove them. Virtual private networks (VPNs) are used to circumvent the Great Firewall, giving the user full access to the Internet.

Several stories circulating on the Chinese Internet have been slated for removal, including: speculation about how CCTV head Hu Zhanfan amassed his wealth, news about the disappearance and reward for a missing PLA soldier, and reports that the company, Yue Yuen will reimburse striking workers at the world’s largest sports shoe factory in Dongguan.

CDT continues its series 25 Years Ago with three more news stories originally published in April 1989: The New York Times writes about the closure of the World Economic Herald for content supporting the protesters, and Nicholas Kristof writes of 150,000 demonstrators marching through the capitol city following a People’s Daily editorial that condemned the protestors.