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Now on Taobao: Outsourced Care for Grandma

Soon after China’s revised filial piety law requiring regular visits to aging parents took effect last Monday, entrepreneurs have started offering elder-care services on e-commerce platforms. From The Wall Street...

When Filial Piety Is the Law

In a New York Times op-ed, author Yu Hua complains that by compelling regular contact with parents with China’s recently amended “filial piety law”, the Party is using legislation to replace values that it...

Why China Is Ordering Children to Visit Parents

An amended law encouraging adult children to visit their parents went into effect on Monday in China. This legislative action can be seen to reflect the changes that rapid social and economic transformation are having on a...

Push for Marriage Equality at NPC

Global Times’ Liu Sha reports on efforts to push for marriage equality at China’s annual National People’s Congress, which CASS sociologist Li Yinhe describes as the only available avenue for gay rights...

China’s Generation Gaps

As income inequality in China grows increasingly urgent, James Palmer examines another divide in Chinese society less frequently scrutinized in the West: the generation gap between young Chinese and their parents, which one...

Ancient Morality Text Updated for Young

China has updated the ’24 Filial Exemplars’, an ancient morality text, to promote filial piety among the new generation. From Tania Branigan at The Guardian: The original 24 Filial Exemplars date from around the 14th...

CNN Anchor’s Coming Out Rattles China’s Closet

Following CNN anchor Anderson Cooper’s public acknowledgement of his homosexuality, some young gay Chinese are planning their own coming out. A Weibo user, Sun Yelin-Xiao Hei, called for massive collective action: “If all...

10m Chinese Women Married to Gay Men?

Marriages of convenience between lesbians and gay men have been widely reported, but their numbers are likely small compared with cases of gay men or women feeling pressured into marrying heterosexual partners. Shanghai Daily...

Chongqing Brothers Risk Prison for Ailing Mother

On her blog Inside-Out China, Xujun Eberlein reposts an article she wrote for New American Media about two brothers in Chongqing who held a woman hostage in an effort to get money to pay their mother’s medical expenses: On...

Shanghaiist: Li Yinhe on ‘Homowives’

Sexologist and sociologist Li Yinhe writes about the plight of women married to gay men in China on her blog (Chinese).  The Shanghaiist has adapted this translation from Yawning Bread: I attended a forum that discussed the...

China’s Honor Code – Mark Magnier

From Los Angeles Times (link): In a society where caring for parents is no longer a given, the state has stepped in. Shirkers face public shaming, fines, even prison. In Shanghai, the
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