In Rural China, Schools Tackle a New Subject: Sex Ed


Secondary school English teacher Bao Tiantian recalls feeling baffled when her principal asked her to attend a sex education training course. “I’d never heard that sex required education,” the 37-year-old tells Sixth Tone. Bao is from Kang County — a rural region in China’s northwestern Gansu province, where talk about sex remains firmly taboo. When... Continue Reading →

The Stress Test: Waiting for ‘Gaokao’


Zoey Liu, a senior student at a top-notch high school in Beijing, didn’t think COVID-19 would flare up again. The fact that it’s reappeared less than a month before the gaokao, China’s grueling college entrance examination, has only made matters worse. “I didn’t take it seriously when I heard about the first new case and thought... Continue Reading →

In China, a Lawsuit Galvanizes the Transgender Rights Movement


Days before starting his new job at an events company in the southern city of Guangzhou in February, Eddy decided it was time to have “the talk” with his boss. The 25-year-old — whose name has been changed for privacy reasons — is transgender, and he’d learned through experience that his gender identity might cause... Continue Reading →

China Goes Barking Mad for Therapy Dogs


SHANGHAI — At a rehabilitation center on the outskirts of Shanghai, a mini talent show is about to begin. Eight dogs and their owners are lined up outside a small function room, waiting for their names to be called.One by one, the pooches scamper into the room and perform a series of tricks: shaking hands,... Continue Reading →

Celebrity Streamer Throws Shanghai ‘Therapy Dog’ Course a Bone


SHANGHAI — Dozens of dogs were on their best behavior Sunday afternoon as they lined up before a judge to find out if they would qualify for the designation of “therapy dog,” a relatively new concept in China. Most of the gaggle of onlookers were pet parents who had enrolled their fur babies in a... Continue Reading →

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