In ‘Involuted’ China, Eating Disorders Are a Hidden


SHANGHAI — At the entrance to a packed gallery stands a female figure dressed in a pretty white dress. Her body is covered in abusive messages scrawled in red and black ink. “You’re ugly,” “Your waist is too big,” “You look like a pig,” the notes read. The artwork is part of a landmark exhibition... Continue Reading →

Can Anatomical Dolls Help Solve China’s Sex Ed Problem?


SHANGHAI — A crowd of curious adults watched as Chen Jing unzipped the pink cicatrix across the belly of a plush doll made to look like a girl. As she opened an abdominal compartment, a tuft of brown hair poked through. Chen carefully removed the “newborn” from the mother doll, its umbilical cord still attached.... Continue Reading →

China’s Left-Behind Kids Repeat Their Parents’ Tragic Choices


Fang Tiantian still recalls the pain she felt as a young child when her mother and father packed their bags and left her in her village in southwestern China. The 30-year-old understands why her parents did it. In the early ’90s, her home region of Guizhou province was bitterly poor, and the only route out... Continue Reading →

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 →

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