social reform



Social Change and its Impact on the Role of Law

Incoming president Xi Jinping has pledged to uphold the constitution and rule of law in China. But, as Stanley Lubman points out in a post on the Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time, this is a complicated prospect given...

Forced Abortion Victim and Family Branded Traitors

The recent controversy over forced abortions, which grew after officials in Shaanxi province forced a woman to abort her 7-month old fetus and graphic photos surfaced online two weeks ago, has reportedly grown uglier. The South...

Yu Jianrong Posts 10-year Reform Plan

Scholar Yu Jianrong has posted a detailed plan to bring social and political reform to China. China Media Project has translated the plan, which was first posted on Yu’s microblog site. From CNP’s introduction: Yu...

Humphrys in China

Veteran BBC correspondent John Humphrys is visiting China and contributing daily reports starting tomorrow. His China diary can be read here, and a slideshow of images from his trip is here. From the introduction to his report:...

China’s Premier Discusses School Attacks

Despite a ban in the domestic media on discussion of the recent attacks on children in China, Premier Wen Jiabao has acknowledged that larger societal forces may be a factor in the violence. From the New York Times: Prime...

China Chafes at Its Sexual Liberalization

The New York Times looks at the social repercussions of the arrests of participants in a group sex session in Nanjing: On April 7, Mr. Ma and 21 other members of his swingers’ circle were tried in the central city of Nanjing on...

Zhang Jingjing, Environmental Litigator

Environmental law and litigation is a new concept for China and its people. This article follows the story of Zhang Jingjing, an environmental litigator, to highlight the difficulties and challenges that environmental litigators...

People’s Republic of Capitalism

Ted Koppel has a new four-part series on the Discovery Channel about China called “People’s Republic of Capitalism.” From an AP report about the show: The series illustrates how dramatically China has changed...



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