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A Meme Too Far? Weibo Bans Content about Imaginary University

Less than a month after the conclusion of China’s hypercompetitive annual university entrance examination (“gaokao”), a satirical meme about an imaginary university has been banned on Weibo. The meme and its censorship reveal...

Hukou System Creates Red Tape for Students

Barbara Demick of the Los Angeles Times reports that China’s hukou system has resulted in educational discrimination against students such as Wang Keyu, a 13-year-old who has lived in Beijing her entire life: No matter...

Corruption on College Campuses

While China’s explosion in college admissions has led to a glut of graduates with gloomy job prospects, the corresponding boom in campus infrastructure offers rich opportunities for corruption. From Shen Nianzu at the...

Crunchtime for China’s High School Seniors

As bilateral talks between U.S President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping are scheduled to take place at Sunnylands, California on Friday, millions of high school seniors in China will sit for a...

China’s Lopsided Labor Force

As China’s college enrollment rate continues to increase, short-term employment prospects for graduates look dim compared with those of their migrant worker counterparts, who dominate high-demand low-skill jobs with rising...

Tibetan Students Protest in China

AFP reports on a student protest in Gansu province: Hundreds of students at a Tibetan school in China’s northwest held a daring protest, demonstrating over education conditions, locals and an overseas Tibetan group said...

China Says Faces Huge Problem Finding New Jobs – Reuters

From Reuters: China faces a huge challenge finding jobs for all its people, especially university graduates, a senior minister said on Tuesday, though he admitted some sectors of the economy faced staff shortages. Minister of Labor and Social Security Tian Chengping said there would be 24 million new urban job-seekers on the market this year, […]

Shrinking Opportunity on China’s Campuses – Edward Cody

From the Washington Post (link): The Chinese government has decided to slow down an explosive increase in the number of college students in recent years, saying the growth has produced bulging campuses, overworked professors and graduates unable to find suitable jobs. Overpopulation at Chinese universities has emerged as the latest in a string of problems […]



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