The Honeymoon Is Over: China’s Late Marriage Leave Cancelled


As of January 1st, the Chinese government has canceled the ‘late wedding leave’ that allowed China’s twenty-five-somethings to take a 30-day paid leave when getting married. With the policy’s cancelation, newlyweds can now take no more than a 3-day wedding leave. Chinese netizens are angry about the sudden reversal: “Who wants to get married if we don’t even have time for a honeymoon?” At a … Continue reading The Honeymoon Is Over: China’s Late Marriage Leave Cancelled

Netizens Upset over Chinese Harvard Girl News Story


The news that an ordinary Chinese high school girl from Hangzhou was accepted by Harvard University created a stir amongst Chinese netizens on Sina Weibo this week. Thousands of Weibo users criticized the Chinese media for hiding information from the public when it turned out that the girl is actually a US citizen from a wealthy family. Reports of an ordinary girl named Guo Wenjing … Continue reading Netizens Upset over Chinese Harvard Girl News Story

China’s Year-end Bonus Game Has Just Started


The end of the year is approaching. This means that Chinese employees start to look forward to their annual year-end bonuses (年终奖). It is a tradition in China that can be both stressful and pleasant for full-time workers: is the boss finally giving out that promised bonus, or do they have to wait another season? The year-end bonus became a hot topic on Sina Weibo … Continue reading China’s Year-end Bonus Game Has Just Started

Weibo Controversy over “Beijing Subway Breastfeeding”


Two separate events where women were publicly shamed for breastfeeding in public have caused controversy on Weibo. The issue attracted the attention of UNICEF and Beijing authorities.  A Sina Weibo user posted a picture of a young mother breastfeeding her baby in the subway in Beijing this week. The user, a 21-year-old woman, wrote that she felt that the mother needed to “pay attention to … Continue reading Weibo Controversy over “Beijing Subway Breastfeeding”

China’s Neglected Problem: Student Kicked Out for Being Autistic


A young boy from Henan was sent away from school for being autistic, leading to furious reactions from Chinese netizens. China’s education system is failing our children with special needs, they say. In Puyang (濮阳, Henan Province) an 8-year-old boy named Xiaoxuan (an assumed name) was kicked out of school after over 40 parents opposed to him to studying in the same classroom with other … Continue reading China’s Neglected Problem: Student Kicked Out for Being Autistic