China’s one-child policy helped women make a great leap forward – so what now?

Written by Ye Liu. The Chinese Community Party’s decision to end its infamous one-child policy has significance beyond its impact on the country’s demographics. What was missing from all the discussion and reflection on the policy’s impact on the size of China’s labour force and on families’ human rights was the positive consequences of the …

Masculinities and Talking Politics in China

Written by Lake Lui. 2014 was a fateful year for Hong Kong people—like me—who do research in China. The vibrant discussion of Hong Kong’s political reform, the Occupy Central Movement, and the increasing conflicts between Hongkongers and Mainland Chinese people were heard of in every corner of China, although the news is often misrepresented. Despite the …

Why scrapping the one-child policy will do little to change China’s population

Written by Stuart Gietel-Basten. China is scrapping its one-child policy and officially allowing all couples to have two children. While some may think this heralds an overnight switch, the reality is that it is far less dramatic. This is, in fact, merely the latest in an array of piecemeal national and local reforms implemented since …

Gender inequalities at work in urban China

Written by Jieyu Liu. The Chinese Communist Party firmly believed that the way to achieve national women’s emancipation was to ensure women did full-time paid work outside of the home. Since 1949, the mobilisation of women into paid work has been among the top gender campaigns. The political actions genuinely improved women’s status and quality of …

The Italian Left and the question of Italy-PRC relations in the 1950’-early 1960s

Written by Guido Samarani. In the 1950s and early 1960s the Italian Communist Party (ICP) was one of the main actors (together with the Italian Socialist Party, ISP) involved in what we can call as an ‘informal diplomacy’ between Italy and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). In the absence of diplomatic relations between the …

Six reasons why China’s economy is weaker than you think

Written by Geoffrey M. Hodgson. The UK has rolled out the red carpet for Chinese president Xi Jinping on his five-day official visit. He is being given the royal treatment, including a stay at Buckingham Palace, a ride in a state carriage along The Mall and several banquets. The trip will also include plenty of time …

China’s military parade is an error of judgement

Written by Steve Tsang. Whenever the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) departs from routine protocol, it is usually highly significant. Today’s military parade in Beijing, which marks 70 years since the defeat of Japan in the Second World War, is no exception. It is only China’s fourth military parade since the Mao era; it is the …

70 Years of ‘Cold Peace’ and ‘Cold War’ in East Asia Coming to an End?

Written by Christian Wirth. 70 years passed since Emperor Hirohito declared Imperial Japan’s surrender and ended what is often referred to as The Pacific War.  25 years passed since the Soviet Union’s disintegration ended the global confrontation between the US-led ‘West’ and the Soviet-led ‘East’, commonly referred to as the Cold War. Yet even in this …

The Chinese Government Hops on the WeChat Bandwagon

Written by Zixue Tai and Xiaolong Liu. Like everywhere else, social media is an increasingly pervasive presence in Chinese society. Leading the market are the three behemoths QQ, Weibo and WeChat. QQ, the PC-based instant messaging service lately crossing over to the smart-phone market, is the oldest (debuted in 1999 by Tencent) and boasts over 800 …

Reassessing Diasporic Chinese Media in the Wake of China’s Rise

Written by Wanning Sun. A decade ago, I edited Media and the Chinese Diaspora, a volume which examines the formation of Chinese diasporic identities through media production, content, and consumption in North America, Australasia, and South-east Asia. A decade later, my colleague John Sinclair and I are assembling a sequel to this volume. This forthcoming …