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:...

Qin Xiao: In China, a Rising Tide for Universal Values

An article in Caixin looks at the tensions between traditional and modern societies and universal values vs. the “China Model Theory,” and what these ideas mean for the future of China: Early this century,...

Visibility of Gay People Reflects Changes in China

Howard French, former New York Times’ Shanghai bureau chief, returned to the city this summer and noted changes on the streets: As this society rapidly grows richer, its social fabric and mores have been changing in ways...

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 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 Kindergarten Massacre Seen as Symptom of Progress

Experts interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald say that the recent attacks on school children in China are a result of the government’s focus in recent decades on economic development while not confronting the...

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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