Chinese Voices Project: Social Issues
At What Cost Growth?
(1.2 / 494)
Energy use, pollution, and climate change
are major hot-button issues in today's China, where rapid economic growth
and environmental protection increasingly appear as seriously conflicting
The Third Sex: Female PhDs
(1.3 / 273)
Women who pursue advanced degrees still
face a lot of hostility in China, as being smarter than the men around
you is not regarded as an appropriately "feminine" characteristic.
To Give or Not to Give?
(1.3 / 435)
Beggars in China used to ask for food and
water; now they ask for money, and passers-by, especially in the city,
often give them wide berth.
China's New Proletariat
(1.3 / 532)
While the lives of migrant workers are invisible
to most city dwellers, the results of their daily labor, in the construction
boom that is transforming China's cities, could hardly be more conspicuous.
Requesting the Right to Die
(1.4 / 427)
A severely disabled woman recently petitioned
the National People's Congress to pass a law to legalize assisted suicide.
She's vowed to persist in her campaign for the right to die with dignity,
but given prevailing Chinese views on this issue, she's got a tough row
Wealth and Corruption Go Hand in Hand
(1.4 / 252)
With the rise of the new rich in China,
resentments about growing income disparities are increasingly evident.
Some would argue that corruption, rather than personal wealth, is the
real problem; others suggest that the two are inseparable.
In Pursuit of Peace
(1.5 / 462)
As over-used as slogans of "peace" and
"harmony" may sometimes seem, there are deeper meanings to these
ideas that merit reflection in an often violently divided world.
China's Left-Over Brides
(1.7 / 622)
Women beyond the age of 30 are finding it
increasingly difficult to find a husband, owing to a combination of rapid
social changes and die-hard traditions.
Beggars in Beijing
(1.7 / 400)
The old peasant woman on the subway had been abandonned
by her children, so she came to the city to beg for a living. Some fellow
passengers take pity on her; others are skeptical or even cynical about
Gender Equality, 100 Years Later
(1.7 / 370)
Equality between the sexes was one of the
central promises of the revolutionary movements in China from the early
20th century onwards. While women have entered the workforce in great
numbers, popular attitudes about women's proper roles have been very slow
AIDS in China
(1.7 / 295)
Sex is often not a comfortable topic in
China, and the growing prevalence of AIDS even less so, though the situation
is gradually beginning to change.
The Old Can't Afford to be Ill
(1.8 / 664)
With health care costs rising, extended
families shrinking, and the social security safety net in tatters, how
will the growing ranks of the elderly in China get the care they need?