In the 1970s, China adopted a “one-child policy,” which strongly encouraged (translation: forced) families to limit the number of kids they had in order to help control China’s growing population. Families that failed to abide by the policy faced fines and levees on their incomes. Officially, claim Chinese authorities, the policy resulted in 250 million fewer births, and was touted as a success. But the policy also wreaked havoc on the fabric of Chinese society — families desired boy children over girl children in order to ensure the continuation of family lines. And thousands of girls were given up by their parents and sent to live in orphanages. Keep reading »
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Fan BingBing is a major star in her native China, where she’s managed to eek out a dual career as both a film star and a pop singer. That means you can find her on multiple red carpets in a month, wearing multiple gorgeous and effervescent gowns.
This month, BingBing’s been granted a profile in Vanity Fair — a sign that her fame is in no way on the wane. In it, she admits to never leaving the house sans fards and having a particular penchant for red lipstick. Us too, lady, us too.
When she was a child, she fell in love with clothes — her mother owned a boutique. And it’s evident in the sartorial choices she makes these days. Check them out after the jump.
- SexyMandarin.com — a “sexy” Mandarin language school with teachers wearing bikinis — supposedly helps foreigners learn the Chinese tongue. Because we all know how focused and attentive men are while staring at scantily clad women. [Telegraph UK]
- Meet Kyrsten Sinema, who is running for the House of Representatives in Arizona. If she wins, she will be the first openly bisexual Congresswoman. [Current]
- A New Jersey construction site has a sign up reading: “We apologize for the whistling construction workers, but man you look good!” Oh, come on. [Jezebel] Keep reading »
- The Wall Street Journal ran a controversial op-ed by Yale Law professor Amy Chua about “Chinese mothers,” or more broadly, a sub-set of strict parents who expect excellence from their children and force them to both study and rehearse instruments for hours a day. “Chinese parents can get away with things that Western parents can’t. Once when I was young — maybe more than once — when I was extremely disrespectful to my mother, my father angrily called me ‘garbage’ in our native Hokkien dialect. It worked really well. I felt terrible and deeply ashamed of what I had done. But it didn’t damage my self-esteem or anything like that.” She continues to explain her own parenting style with her two young daughters. It’s though-provoking, to say the least. [Wall Street Journal]
- A former investment banker told BusinessWeek all about his mail-order bride business called Hand-In-Hand which “pairs” women from Eastern European countries with American men. These ladies are “unspoiled by feminism,” said Joseph Weiner. “You take a beautiful woman from the Czech Republic and you bring her into your home, she does all your cooking and cleaning and ironing.” [NYmag.com]
This week, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will vote on two key proposals. If passed, the first would allow the use of non-Latin characters, i.e., domain names using Chinese, Arabic, or Cyrillic letters. The second proposal would open up the .com, .org, .fr world up to things like .sex. This internet thing could get a whole lot more interesting pretty soon. [The Daily Telegraph, Australia, ABC News] Keep reading »