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2017/04/30 | Matthew Walsh
Why Chinese Nationalists Have a Homophobia Problem
Prejudiced patriots are using supposedly traditional values to ostracize the LGBT community.
2017/04/27 | Cai Yiwen
Pilot ‘Gaokao’ Reforms Only Pile on the Pressure
New college entrance exam rules designed to relieve student stress with more test opportunities are having the opposite effect.
Marching for Justice at the March for Science: A Postmodern Perspective
'It is really most appropriate that the scientists should be the ones marching for social justice and philosophical reflection. For perhaps no other people know better than we do just how our endeavors can be equally powerful for the destruction as it is for the construction of humanity.'
2017/04/25 | Liu Qiao
How I Used My Social Media Fame to Change Chinese Education
The popularity of last year’s viral ‘Umbrella Dad’ photo convinced the writer to quit banking and challenge traditional teaching methods.
2017/04/22 | Zi Yang
Political Indoctrination in Chinese Colleges
Among Chinese college students, support for the Party and government remain strong, at least on paper.
2017/04/06 | Xiong Yihan
China’s Happy Education Policy Is Failing Our Kids
Reducing student workloads without lowering admissions standards forces pupils into soul-destroying amounts of extracurricular learning.
2017/04/01 | Claire Salisbury
Paying for Healthcare With Trees: Win-win For Orangutans and Communities
Borneo’s exhilaratingly innovative ASRI program is 'saving the rainforest with a stethoscope,' using healthcare to decrease logging and increase organic farming.
2017/03/19 | Jia Xuanning
What Teaching Film Taught Me About Political Sensitivity
'As a college teacher from China, I had to remain aware of divergent regional history and culture.' said Jia Xuanning.
2017/03/17 | Liu Chang
What China’s Migrant Numbers Say About Labor Discrimination
Two sets of data paint divergent pictures of China’s on-the-move workers.
2017/03/15 | Kirsten Han
Why Disney's 'Gay Moment' is Causing Hysteria in Singapore
The church's lack of acceptance has a very real impact on the mental health of LGBT people, writes Kirsten Han in Singapore.
2017/03/15 | Alexis Dudden
Nippon Kaigi and Abe's Education Scandal
Due to its controversial education programs and unusually close connection to the Japanese Prime Minister, Moritomo Gakuen — a private education company in Osaka — is currently under scrutiny in the Japanese parliament and press.
2017/03/11 | Bhanupriya Rao
Illiterate, Married at 11, Mother at 12: Now a Leader Changing Fates
Health care workers face many challenges in remote India where early marriage, frequent pregnancies, anemia, and malnutrition are major health issues for women.
2017/03/11 | Tim Ferry
Taiwan's Ticking Time Bomb
Taiwan is facing a social time bomb as its population ages. Critics question how the Tsai administration intends to pay for long-term care and ask what the implications are for the future.
2017/03/10 | Ernils Larsson
Is Japan's Far Right Losing Touch?
The kindergarten scandal shows Japan’s nationalist far-right is out of touch.
2017/03/07 | Wang Lianzhang
Sex Ed Books for Primary Schoolers Shock Chinese Parents
The majority of online commenters, however, say candid sex education materials are a step forward.
2017/03/04 | Zheng Jiawen
How Internet Prejudice Threatens Feminist Progress in China
The scornful spread of online terms like 'grassroots feminist' prevents Chinese women from influencing policy.
2017/03/03 | The Japan Times
Problems with Japan's New Ambitious Education Curriculum Guidelines
The ambitious draft clearly seeks both higher quality and greater quantity in lower education. But it leaves a question of whether school officials and teachers can manage classes as envisaged by the draft.