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China Society

Latest news, features and opinion on all aspects of society in China, including crime, education, health, culture, technology and tourism, and the impact of the one-child policy, an ageing population

and mass internal migration on the country and its people.

Chinese driver turns truck into ‘magic kitchen’
A truck driver in southeastern China’s Anhui province has turned his vehicle into a personal kitchen. Yu Dahai started cooking in the truck in 2017. With a rice cooker, a pot and a mini oven, he can bake bread, make pizza and wants to get better at cooking desserts.
Doctors broke this man’s bones so that he can stand up straight again – after 28 years
A man suffered from a rare condition that caused his upper body to fold over completely. Three parts of his body were “connected” – his chin to his chest, his breastbone to his pubic bone, and his face to his thigh bone.  After undergoing four operations at Shenzhen University General Hospital, in which his bones were literally broken and reconstructed, he finally stood straight – after 28 years.  Credit: 二更深圳/深圳大学总医院
China Trends: fans mourn Chadwick Boseman, and the stigma of leaving work on time
Every Tuesday and Thursday, China Trends takes the pulse of the Chinese social media to keep you in the loop of what the world's biggest internet population is talking about. Marvel fans mourn Chadwick Boseman Chinese social media is in mourning after the death of Chadwick Boseman, known for his role as Marvel’s Black Panther. The actor died at age 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer, according to an announcement posted on Friday night on his social media accounts. Over the weekend, Chinese social media platforms have been flooded with tributes, clips and pictures of Boseman. “This came too suddenly,” said a blogger on Weibo. “He left at such a young age. It is a big loss for the
Menstruation is holding back girls in parts of China. These teens try to help
When the fundraising campaign started last week, 17-year-old high school student Joyce Peng thought the target might have been too ambitious. The plan was to raise 90,000 yuan ($13,100) for sanitary products for girls in a remote, mountainous part of southwest China. Joyce and her friends, part of a feminist club called Stand TogetHer in Chengdu, Sichuan province, launched the online charity campaign. Their doubts were quickly erased. In just over a day, the group raised just under 125,000 yuan ($18,240) to help 700 impoverished girls at a primary school in Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture, one of the poorest parts of the country, access sanitary products. “I’m very excited and so happy,”
The Philippines is now the online gambling capital of China
Inside a well-lit Manila studio, a young Filipino woman in heavy make-up and a low-cut black dress deals card for a game of baccarat, a popular game in casinos worldwide. But she stands alone – the players are thousands of miles away in mainland China. A camera directly opposite produces a video stream which is then marketed to the mainland, where gambling is illegal. Anyone who wants in on the bet must use a VPN to circumvent China’s Great Firewall, which the government uses to keep a tight leash on its domestic internet. After each hand, the dealer deftly swipes the card across a bar code to update the website and show the players if they have won or lost. More data is sent to a server ope
Winning the Razzies of local government and controversy over a boozy slap
Every Tuesday and Thursday, China Trends takes the pulse of the Chinese social media to keep you in the loop of what the world's biggest internet population is talking about. Awarded for failure Not all honors are honorable. Two government departments in eastern China’s Zhejiang province were awarded the Snail Award in August for working too slowly – the bureaucratic equivalent of the Golden Raspberry Awards, or Razzies, bestowed on the worst film of the year. The awards are the invention of the Jinyun county government in Zhejiang with the intention of naming and shaming projects that are moving too slowly. Besides Jinyun, other counties in China have similar awards, including in Taizhou in
Three Gorges Dam faces severe floods
China’s Three Gorges Dam is facing record levels of flooding because the Yangtze River, which passes through the dam, has flooded several times this year already amid heavy rains. The waterway’s lower reaches are still recovering from heavy flooding in July that affected a large part of southeastern China.