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South China Morning Post

A daily digest of the top China stories.

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Guo Jingming was ordered to issue a public apology after being accused of plagiarism in 2003. He didn't apologize until the final day of 2020.

Jan 12

3 min 32 sec

A new study from China found that coronavirus patients experienced fatigue, shortness of breath and kidney problems six months after being discharged from the hospital. 

Jan 11

3 min 45 sec

Tao Yong is unlikely to ever perform surgery again because of a stabbing that left his hand crippled. But the doctor wants to move on and help people see again. 

Jan 7

4 min 10 sec

Hong Kong’s national security unit arrested 53 former lawmakers and activists on Wednesday. Here is the event that prompted the arrests. 

Jan 6

5 min 58 sec

A Chinese company was fed up with people playing on their phones while in the bathroom, so they are fining employees who visit the restroom more than once during an 8-hour shift.

Jan 5

3 min 35 sec

China’s Generation Z are encouraging fellow citizens to slack off at work to protest against a culture of working long hours.  

Jan 4

5 min 41 sec

The US has a long tradition of Presidents using the pardon power. In China, the tool is used a lot less often, but it tends to affect a larger number of people. 

Dec 2020

7 min 10 sec

A new study found that people who live in poor areas and have a family member who smokes are more likely to live in poverty than those who don't.

Dec 2020

2 min 41 sec

The government is set to trial a "quiet car" option for its high-speed rail network and the city of Shanghai will punish people who use audio without headphones on the subway. 

Dec 2020

2 min 45 sec

A province in northeastern China announced new rules that would force companies to provide days off for women on their menstrual cycle. Some people in China worry that companies will not hire women because of the rules. 

Dec 2020

4 min 4 sec

BTS's famous song ‘Dynamite’ played on a Beijing radio for the first time in years. It may actually be a big moment. 

Dec 2020

1 min 47 sec

In a year filled with loss, disruptions and jarring surprises, news events that would be deemed unusual and quirky by previous standards can serve as a reminder of life’s bountiful offerings in a difficult period. 

Dec 2020

4 min 38 sec

A Chinese court withdrew the decision to punish a nine-year-old girl who couldn’t repay her dead father’s debts. The case triggered a heated debate over flaws in the nation’s social credit system

Dec 2020

4 min 44 sec

China is home to 44 of the world's 100 tallest buildings, but a directive from Beijing means they are the last of a dying breed. 

Dec 2020

5 min 18 sec

In a world battling a lethal global pandemic with a mounting death toll, there are still countries that will kill you for consensual same-sex activity.

Dec 2020

6 min 6 sec

A new documentary gives hope and courage to the plight of poor children in rural China.

Dec 2020

3 min 24 sec

She had sacrificed her personal happiness for decades to try and fit China's ideals for the role of a woman in society. She decided it was time to be herself, and is now finding happiness by driving all over China.

Dec 2020

6 min 32 sec

Covid-19 could not defeat three generations of this Wuhan family, who are now calling for the truth from their government about how the crisis was handled.

Dec 2020

6 min 18 sec

A 30ft. stone statue of Buddha was revealed to the general public after maintenance workers removed dead trees and trash. Residents who had lived there for decades had no idea it existed. 

Dec 2020

2 min 38 sec

Social inequality, overwork and pandemic fatigue dominated the most popular new phrases in China. 

Dec 2020

5 min 22 sec

China often publishes the personal information of people who contracted Covid in an effort to prevent the spread of the disease. But it has many people wondering if it's a privacy violation. 

Dec 2020

4 min 19 sec

Elliot Page is embraced for coming out as transgender, but China’s community wouldn’t dare divulge its secrets 

Dec 2020

4 min 54 sec

Tragic death a reality check to China’s efforts to curb domestic abuse

Dec 2020

18 min 18 sec

Chinese state media celebrated three women working in the Chang’e 5 lunar exploration mission. The coverage is welcomed by many Chinese women in the science field, as they try to break through the glass ceiling in a country where patriarchy runs deep.

Dec 2020

4 min 24 sec

The world is seeing fewer cases of HIV every year, but in China, the number is growing rapidly. Experts say a lack of sexual education is causing the spread of the disease. 

Dec 2020

7 min 12 sec

Much of the world is in the midst of a wave of coronavirus cases, and most experts suggest that people make alternative plans for the holiday. Here are how some places are grappling with a muted Christmas season. 

Dec 2020

5 min 39 sec

The success of Zhaxi Dingzhen, currently China's most handsome man, has led other regional governments to scramble and find local influencers to help boost their tourism. He Jiaolong, a 41-year-old government worker in Xinjiang is leading the pack. 

Dec 2020

4 min 57 sec

A new podcast in Hong Kong has spotlighted anti-Black racism in Hong Kong, a problem that is equally prevalent on the mainland. 

Dec 2020

5 min 45 sec

An obscure actress sparked debate after criticizing the role of Zhong Nanshan, China’s equivalent to Anthony Fauci. One problem is that the “actress” might not even exist. 

Nov 2020

3 min 38 sec

For Chinese millennials, the death of Diego Maradona allowed them to remember watching soccer games with their fathers, and mourn the loss of their youth. 

Nov 2020

4 min 31 sec

Traveling is going to look a lot different for a long time because of the coronavirus pandemic. One step to returning to near normalcy may be a "Covid passport" that certifies immunity. 

Nov 2020

4 min 15 sec

A man visited a real estate exhibition wearing a motorcycle helmet to avoid detection from facial recognition cameras. The video has gone viral as many people in China ask if the cameras are being used too much. 

Nov 2020

4 min 36 sec

A relatively recent tradition, China’s “marriage markets” are dominated by anxious parents advertising for potential partners for their adult children – often without their consent.

Nov 2020

6 min 41 sec

Moderna announced this week that they have a vaccine that was 95% effective in trials. A joint project between Pfizer and BioNTech released similar statistics. So what does it all mean?

Nov 2020

5 min 20 sec

A new study says that activities that require full mental immersion go a long way to improving mental health during long quarantine periods.

Nov 2020

3 min 30 sec

Many new mothers say they are being forced to stay at home to look after their children, while others believe they are being held back in the workplace after giving birth.

Nov 2020

3 min 22 sec

A Chinese county tried to institute a controversial policy that would have required authorities to capture and kill dogs if their owner walked them in public three times. The backlash was fierce.

Nov 2020

3 min 26 sec

Tofu has for hundreds of years been an essential part of East Asian cuisines, but Americans only started to appreciate the versatile and nutritious ingredient in recent decades.

Nov 2020

8 min 46 sec

Four opposition lawmakers in Hong Kong were disqualified after a new resolution from Beijing allowed the city’s government to bypass the courts.  

Nov 2020

2 min 51 sec

A province in China issued a directive that threatened teachers with consequences if they continued to use parents as pseudo-after school tutoring programs. 

Nov 2020

3 min 35 sec

A former flight attendant of China Southern Airlines lost his job after a video of him kissing another male colleague went viral. He is now suing his former employer, the biggest air carrier of China and in Asia, for unjust firing.  

Nov 2020

5 min 35 sec

A boy in southern China might lose his hands after his father burned him with cigarettes and lighter over the years. But the growing number of cases in China may be more about a refusal to tolerate corporate punishment.

Nov 2020

5 min 28 sec

The K-pop group Blackpink released a video that included one member holding a baby panda while wearing makeup and touching the mouth of an adult. People in China were not happy.

Nov 2020

2 min 37 sec

A new green initiative means people in China are tossing coins out of hearses for good luck. An enterprising group is taking advantage to make a few bucks.

Nov 2020

2 min 56 sec

The 2020 presidential election in the US has yet to result in a winner. In China, many people spent their days following the election. The residents of the authoritarian state found the democratic process "exciting" and "entertaining."

Nov 2020

7 min 7 sec

A man scolded an after-school school worker for celebrating Halloween, a Western holiday. It sparked a debate about whether or not they should be celebrated in China.

Nov 2020

4 min 34 sec

In the US, pollsters are trying to pinpoint Trump supporters that are too shy to admit their preference. In Hong Kong, it is the Biden supporters who are often outnumbered.

Nov 2020

4 min 10 sec

The ancient city of Kashgar in Xinjiang has gone into lockdown as it fights to keep a coronavirus outbreak at bay. Our reporter offers a window inside the deserted city. 

Oct 2020

10 min 6 sec

A girls’ school principal said she would never take donations from alumni who become full-time housewives. And furniture salespeople were seen slapping themselves while kneeling during a staff training program.

Oct 2020

4 min 31 sec

The toughest part of vaccinating the world during the pandemic may not be whether or not the drug works, but how to deliver it globally.

Oct 2020

7 min 38 sec