International Women's Day began as a day of women's protest in Europe and the United States. Celebrating this socialist holiday largely died out in the US, while communists in China have been commemorating Women's Day annually since 1922. The tables have turned this year. Women in the US are striking today, while working women in China are enjoying a half-day off work.
Yesterday I was locking up my bike when a policeman barked at me. He was fifty metres away. He started walking towards me, and yelled again. No words, just sounds. Then he whistled. A high piercing tone designed to scare me off. He clapped his hands three times, loudly, and shouted again, a sound equivalent [...]
The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet. Adrienne Rich was an American poet, essayist and radical feminist. She was credited with bringing "the oppression of women and lesbians to the forefront of poetic discourse" (Flood). Responsibility to yourself means refusing to [...]
“Don’t tell me that all Chinese guys like skinny girls, that’s just not true!” Yuan Xiaodan’s experience tells otherwise.
There's no need for a name when you're 'Ms Foreign Friend' in China.
While Americans protest the election of Donald Trump, South Koreans rally to put pressure on President Park Geun-Hye to resign, and people in Hong Kong protest the mainland's intervention in their legal system.
The trains running through this historic railway station honoured my neighbourhood with 27 traffic jams a day.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBdLRubSzqA A young woman receives unsolicited advice on her appearance from a disembodied male voice straight out of a 1950s public service announcement. The 1950s doesn't seem to believe she's showing off her 'assets' enough for a 2016 job interview. Written and directed by Kyrie Gray Filmed in Beijing, May 2016
image: A beautiful sunset going ignored on the streets of Beijing
There is a phenomenon quietly sweeping through China, aptly named ‘xiàoyuán dài' or 'campus loans’, through which university students are falling rapidly into debt with little way out. Young people on university campuses are being targeted by online finance companies who give out loans or brand new iPhones, with no down payment required. Most of [...]