AIDS activism

First Lady Sings Her Way to Center Stage

China’s new first lady, singer Peng Liyuan, is expected to help the Chinese Communist Party polish its image. From Eveline Gao at the Daily Beast: Peng, 50, is known for singing soaring patriotic songs in praise of the...

China’s Next First Lady a Challenge for Image Makers

As a famous singer and goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organisation, Peng Liyuan might seem a perfect first lady to China’s next president Xi Jinping. But this picture is complicated by an AIDS scandal involving...

Wang Shuping: Inconvenient Truth of AIDS in China

In the early 1990s, thousands of impoverished rural residents in Henan Province gave blood at local clinics which offered compensation for their blood plasma. Their blood was drawn and mixed together in a common vat, and then...

AIDS Activism: Bad Blood

Following protests in Zhengzhou last month in which some 300 AIDS patients and supporters toppled the gate of a government compound, The Economist explains the roots, challenges and particular sensitivity of AIDS activism in...

“10-Yuan Brothels” and Sex-Worker’s Rights

In late April, a Southern Weekend (南方周末) reporter visited a “10-yuan brothel” (十元店)[zh], the most cut-rate of venues housing China’s sex-trade, often catering to China’s many lonely and poor migrant...

Progress and Shortcomings in China's Fight Against AIDS

Today marks the 23rd World AIDS Day, and a special page from the China Daily website provides a synopsis of the battle against AIDS in the mainland, lauding the progress that has been made. The page provides statistics, charts,...

Chinese AIDS Rights Website Shut Down

The Committee to Protect Journalists reports the closure on Tuesday of the website of AIDS rights group, the Aizhixing Research Foundation. The municipal information office informed the website’s founder, Wan...

Chinese Aids Group Feels Government Pressure

BBC reports on political pressure felt by AIDS activist group Aizhixing, whose founder, Wan Yanhai, fled to the U.S. last month: Along with other non-governmental organisations (NGOs), Aizhixing says it has recently come under...

China AIDS Activist Moves to US After Harassment (Updated)

Prominent AIDS activist Wan Yanhai has moved to the U.S. with his wife and four-year-old daughter to escape harassment from the authorities for his work. AP reports: Wan said he decided to leave because of mounting mental stress...

China 2008: Human Rights

This next installment in the CDT series on important issues facing China in 2008 concerns the state of human rights in China.  See also these previous China 2008 articles: China and the Developing World, Nationalism, Internet...

China Charges AIDS Activist With Subversion

Radio Free Asia reports the latest development on case of AIDS activist Hu Jia: Authorities in Beijing have formally charged AIDS activist Hu Jia with “incitement to subversion” after he wrote articles online...

China Cracks Down on AIDS Groups Ahead of Olympics – Tim Johnson

From McClatchy Newspapers: Wary of exposing China’s flaws to the news media’s glare before next year’s Olympic Games, authorities are cracking down on groups that help AIDS victims and orphans, shuttering their offices and banning meetings and other gatherings. In one case, an activist in Henan province, where the nation’s AIDS crisis hit early, said […]

China AIDS Activist Says Under House Arrest – Reuters

From Reuters: An aged AIDS activist in central China said she remained under house arrest on Thursday despite abandoning plans to travel to the United States to collect a prize, but she vowed to keep exposing the spread of the disease. Gao Yaojie helped bring to light the spread of AIDS in her home province […]

Beyond the Call of Duty – Richard Spencer’s blog

From the Guardian’s Richard Spencer’s blog: Gao Yaojie is one of those remarkable Chinese people those of us lucky to have met her can use to rebut claims that in criticising things that go on here we are “bashing China”. Dr Gao is both very Chinese and your average, everyday grandmother. After I interviewed her […]



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