social mobility

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...

Yu Hua: “Only Proper That My Books Be Pirated”

While he’s “opposed to counterfeiting in all forms,” author Yu Hua claims that he can live with the piracy of his books if it means they end up in the hands of China’s poor. From his guest column in...

Harmonious Families, Different Standards

Adam Minter writes for Bloomberg about the two-pronged criteria established by Beijing’s All-China Women’s Federation for a model family award now known as the “Capital Harmonious Family” award. While the...

Inequality: China Keeps Gini in Bottle

While authorities reluctantly prepare to cough up formerly hidden data on air quality, Caixin reports on other figures the government has preferred to keep to itself. China’s Gini coefficient, a key measure of income...

In China, Elites Follow Different Rules

Foreign Policy’s Christina Larson contrasts the plight of young professionals in Beijing with the conspicuous consumption and misbehavior of the children of China’s elites, suggesting that an inequality of privilege...



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