Children in China

Children in China

Daughters turn dad’s cupping marks into cartoons
Twin daughters in northern China’s Hebei province were filmed turning some distinctive red marks from a cupping procedure on their father’s back into cartoons. Cupping is a type of therapy that uses a flame and a special cup to create a suction effect on the skin. It's often used like a massage to reduce pain, inflammation and increase blood flow. Watch our video above.
Child modeling in China grows despite controversy
The child modeling industry in China is thriving because of the explosion of e-commerce. Children go to modeling classes and compete for work. But in our video above, we look at the controversy over the use of child models, with critics accusing parents of exploitation and abuse.
Chinese tycoon’s arrest prompts soul-searching about child sex abuse
Wang Zhenhua, 57, a billionaire Chinese real estate developer, has been officially charged with the sexual molestation of a 9-year-old girl, in a case that has shocked the nation and prompted soul-searching. Wang, the former chairman of Seazen Holdings, a listed company, was formally charged by prosecutors in Shanghai on Wednesday. A 49-year-old woman surnamed Zhou was also arrested under the same charge.  Zhou allegedly brought the 9-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl from the eastern province of Jiangsu to Shanghai, according to Xinmin Evening News. She checked the two children into a luxury hotel, it reported. The case has sparked an intense debate about child sexual abuse in China. Ma
Raising a child with autism in China
In China, children with autism are referred to as “children of the stars,” because communicating with them has been compared to talking to aliens. China has some an estimated two million people on the autism spectrum, but there’s very little support for them or their families. Wang Xuetao, 13, has never spoken clearly.  His mother Yang Yang, whose husband is intellectually disabled, struggles to raise her son by herself.
The sad tale behind a two-year-old viral chopstick star
Haihai, a two-year-old boy in northern China’s Inner Mongolia, has gone viral on the internet for his remarkable chopstick skills. But there’s a sad story behind the cute videos. Haihai was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was just one, and his grandmother suffers from terminal breast cancer. The family had run out of money for treatment, but Haihai’s chopstick skills have won him fans on the Chinese internet – and funds for treatment. Check out our video, above, for more.
China’s cycle of rural poverty
Rural poverty is a vicious cycle in China. Perhaps no story better represents this than that of 16-year-old Chen Zhenzhen. Chen gave up school at the age of 12, when her family could no longer afford her school fees, and began working to help support her younger siblings. Without formal education, Chen says she has no way out of a future bound to doing manual labor.
He was caught on camera touching his daughter. Police say it’s OK
Public outrage has followed a police decision not to press charges against a father who was filmed kissing and caressing his young daughter on a train in southeastern China. In a video, which went viral this week, the 30-year-old man is seen fondling a young girl sitting in his lap. The man lifts the child’s shirt, strokes her back and tries to kiss her on the mouth. The girl appears to be trying to push the man away. “The father then put his hands under her pants. The girl then said, ‘father, you are touching my buttocks again, it’s painful.’ She continued to struggle,” a female passenger who filmed the video told the Hangzhou-based newspaper City Express, adding that she had not filmed thi