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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...

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...

Couple Frantic to Find Loved Ones in Rubble

NPR’s Melissa Block told a touching story of a couple in Dujiangyan looking for their toddler son buried in rubble. We found Fu Guanyu and her husband Wang Wei as they clung frantically to the long arm of a Hitachi...

New Year in Bed

As Chinese return to work after the New Year, NPR’s Morning Edition aired this commentary about an American’s experience of Spring Festival in China: Commentator Alison Klayman has been living in China for a year and...

Lonely Couple Offer Grown Children ‘Salary’ for Visits – Dalian News

Dalian News reports a short story about a lonely couple paying their grown children to visit them: A lonely retired couple of Dalian, Liaoning Province, have decided to pay their three grown children a “salary” to visit them every weekend. Lin and his wife, who are in their late 60s, live a comfortable life on […]

China’s Elderly Care Conundrum – James Reynolds

The BBC looks at the effects of the one-child policy on the condition of the elderly in China today: Right now Jie Jie has absolutely no idea how much his family is counting on him. When he gets older, he will have to support them all. Six adults – and just one child. This is […]

Redefining China’s Family – Washington Post

Washingtonpost.com has a special video feature titled “Redefining China’s Family“, which includes segments on women, migrant workers and the elderly, and includes links to relevant Post articles. A transcript of an online chat with Travis Fox, the videojournalist who produced it, is here.

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