'The Making of Bible Women in the Fujian Zenana Mission from the 1880s to the 1950s' is a chapter in Christian Women in Chinese Society - The Anglican Story.
Ivan Franceschini, Kevin Lin, Nicholas Loubere
In this issue, Made in China presents three distinct perspectives on how the party-state manages and controls Chinese society. First, they consider the role of labour law in China as a vehicle for reinforcing capitalist hegemony. They then look into the limitations of the welfare system in relation to migrant labour. Finally, they challenge some widely-held assumptions about the political nature of land-related social movements in the Chinese countryside.
Microcredit schemes have been increasingly incorporated into development policies that aim to de-marginalise rural China. Based on in-depth ethnographic fieldwork, this paper examines the various roles that microcredit programmes play in development outcomes at the local level. It demonstrates that microcredit has the ability to facilitate the de-marginalisation of certain individuals/groups, while simultaneously (re)producing inequalities, thus exacerbating the marginalisation of others.
Lavoro e diritti in Cina: Politiche sul lavoro e attivismo operaio nella fabbrica del mondo (Labour and rights in China: Labour politics and worker activism in the world factory)
For at least a couple of decades, labour issues have been playing a fundamental role in defining the global image of China. Stories of low salaries, workplace accidents, and strikes taking place in China regularly appear on the international press, contributing to the bad reputation of what is commonly considered the “workshop of the world”. Still, now that China is on the rise as a global power, it is more important than ever to abandon any rhetoric when talking about Chinese labour. What is the role of state, trade union, and workers in China?
On 1 January 2016 the Chinese government formally abolished the one-child policy, replacing it with a two-child policy. The dominant reason for this change, as stressed in Chinese media reports at the time, was that relaxing family planning policy would provide part of the solution to China’s ageing problem. Higher fertility is expected to produce more than 30 million additional people in the labour force by 2050.
Edited by Gloria Davies, Jeremy Goldkorn, and Luigi Tomba
Environmental pollution poses serious challenges for China, including to its economy as well as public health. The China Story Yearbook 2015: Pollution looks at how China’s Communist Party-state addresses these problems and how Chinese citizens have coped with and expressed their concerns about living with chronic, worsening pollution.
Olivier Krischer & Stephen H. Whiteman
Painting: Ian Fairweather, not titled [Lake, Hangchow], 1941. Painting in gouache over drawing in black pencil, 41.6 × 42.6 cm. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.