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CCP Plays Matchmaker To Stave Off Demographic Crisis

On Tuesday, February 22, 2022, thousands of Chinese couples registered their marriages. The date is known as “Love Day,” as it contains many twos, connoting pairs, and the Mandarin pronunciation (“er”) is vaguely similar to the...

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...

Crazy Li Goes to Court

A new round of divorce hearings between Li Yang, the founder of a controversial and high-decibel English education program, and Kim Lee, his battered American wife, began last week. Last year, Lee posted pictures of the injuries...

US Woman Becomes Hero for Battered Wives in China

Kim Lee, the American wife of celebrity English teacher Li Yang, has become the focus of media attention in China after she used her weibo account to publicize evidence that her husband had brutally beaten her. AP reports on how...

Dilemma for China’s One-child Generation

As millions of Chinese prepare for the annual trek back to their hometowns to celebrate the Lunar New Year, one group in particular feels an emotional strain over where to spend the holiday. The generation of only children, many...

China's Great Gender Crisis

For the Guardian, Tania Branigan reports that as traditional preferences for male children are eroding, the alarming gender gap in the population may slowly shift back to normal levels. She visits the city of Shengzhou. where in...

Mark Lilla: One Set of Shoulders: China’s Hidden Revolution

An essay on the New York Review of Books blog looks at the social impact of China’s one-child policy: China instituted its one-child policy in the late 1970s, just as Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms were beginning. There...

China’s Arranged Remarriages

The New York Times Magazine has a lengthy article looking at how residents of Beichuan, Sichuan, the epicenter of the devastating 2008 earthquake, are rebuilding their lives: So staggering was the scale of destruction unleashed...

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