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Hunan Officials to Probe Forced Abortion Complaint

The Global Times reports that the local government of Lianyuan, in Hunan Province, has opened an investigation into an alleged forced abortion in 2011 after the husband claimed that his wife became mentally ill following the...

Chen Guangcheng, NYU and Academic Freedom

Chen Guangcheng says that New York University asked him to leave because of pressure from Chinese authorities, but the university denies those claims. The dispute over his departure has nevertheless “added fuel to concerns...

The Children of China

Jiayang Fan, a rural-born Chinese girl who later left China for the United States, tells her life story as a girl in rural China under the one-child policy . From the New Yorker: In my kindergarten class of only children, we...

Rejecting the “Leftover Women” Label

As the marriage market in China grows more competitive due to a surplus of men, some Chinese single ladies are starting to challenge the label of “leftover women”, a term used to describe unmarried women in their...

China’s Biggest Problem? Too Many Men

Rob Brooks, professor of evolution at New South Wales University in Australia, looks to the surplus of men over women in China as a potential threat to social stability. From CNN: A long history of son preference, particularly...

Nobel Laureate Mo Yan: “I Am Guilty”

In his first interview since receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in December, Mo Yan talks to Der Spiegel’s Bernhard Zand about his work, his political views, and his critics. SPIEGEL: Unspeakable things happen in...

Forced Abortion Victim and Family Branded Traitors

The recent controversy over forced abortions, which grew after officials in Shaanxi province forced a woman to abort her 7-month old fetus and graphic photos surfaced online two weeks ago, has reportedly grown uglier. The South...

Catchy Family Planning Slogans

Offbeat China translates many harsh family planning slogans from rural areas, which were collected by Netease. The family planning policy, better known as the one-child policy, has been set as China’s basic state policy since...

One-child Policy Leads to Forced Abortions

Graphic photos from Shaanxi province of grieving mother Feng Jianmei and her almost full-term aborted fetus went viral last week and reignited a discussion on abortion among Chinese netizens. Some commenters called the incident,...

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