Since the Tiananmen Square incident in 1989 there has been increasing international pressure on China to improve its approach to human rights, whilst at the same time the Chinese government has itself realised that it needs to improve its approach, and has indeed done much to implement improvements. This book explores systematically the international engagement in human rights in China and assesses the impact of such foreign involvement.
Jane Golley, Sherry Tao Kong
This paper investigates trends in educational inequality in China, focusing on the contribution of ‘inequality of opportunity’ to these trends. Utilising the China Family Panel Studies survey for 2010 and 2012, we measure the inequality in individual educational outcomes (measured in years of schooling) in aggregate and for each of ten birth cohorts.
Ivan Franceschini, Kaxton Siu & Anita Chan
In the spring of 2010, the strike of the Honda workers in Nanhai instigated an on-going discourse on the “rights awakening” of the “new generation of migrant workers.” Since then, much has been written about these young workers, generally described as more pro-active and ready to stand up against their employers than the older and more subservient generation.
Ivan Franceschini, Kevin Lin, Nicholas Loubere
Besides the usual summaries of recent events in China, in this issue you will find articles on the struggles of Walmart workers in China, the limits of the ‘rights awakening’ of Chinese workers, and the political implications of resorting to microcredit to alleviate unemployment. Included is also a Forum in which prominent legal experts put the concept of the ‘rule of law’ in China in a wider historical and political perspective and a compendium of the new Law on the Management of Foreign NGOs’ Activities within Mainland China.
The examination of the value of authenticity, the interpretation of the term, and the consequences for heritage conservation practices in China have followed a trend that is both global and local. The existence of two translations of authenticity, yuanzhenxing 原真性 and zhenshixing 真實性, has documented two understandings of what heritage conservation in China is concerned with: the conservation or recreation of an “original state”—understood as a building’s original form—or the preservation of the present form including different stages of a structure’s building history.
Shawna Yang Ryan 楊小娜 published her second novel Green Island in February 2016. Her first novel Water Ghosts was published by Penguin Press in 2009. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, has published widely and was the 2015 recipient of the Elliot Cades Award for Literature for emerging writers. She is on Twitter at @shawnayangryan.
In this discussion with Paul Farrelly, Ryan talks about the process of writing Green Island and the importance of history in understanding Taiwan.
Photo: Penguin Random House
Edited by Elisa Nesossi, Sarah Biddulph, Flora Sapio and Susan Trevaskes
The volume presents an extensive investigation into the process of reforms of detention powers in today’s China and offers an in-depth analysis of the debates surrounding the reformist attempts. The chapters in this collection demonstrate that legislative and institutional reforms in this area result from political opportunities - openings and tensions at the central institutional levels of political authority - and contingent social and political factors.
This publication is a result of China Justice workshop in 2013.
Figures of Buddhist Modernity in Asia introduces contemporary Buddhists from across Asia and from various walks of life. Eschewing traditional hagiographies, the editors have collected sixty-six profiles of individuals who would be excluded from most Buddhist histories and ethnographies.