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China’s New 21st-Century Realities

Social Equity in a Time of Change


Edited By Richard Greggory Johnson III

China’s New 21 st -Century Realities: Social Equity in a Time of Change examines the new social justice realities in China. Often when people think of China they think of a very rigid, patriarchal society where oppression is the order of the day. However, this book aims to debunk some of those preconceived notions by addressing issues such as single men living in rural China, professional women in politics, and the baggage that comes with being considered an outsider. The book looks at China through a critical social justice prism that has seldom been used before. Contributors also take on race and ethnicity as a means to understanding that China, like many nations in the world, is becoming increasingly diverse in many areas including religion and gender roles. This book is a must read for anyone that is truly interested in unlearning what they believe they know about human rights in China.


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richard greggory johnson iii 2 | richard greggory johnson i i i For example, China’s citizens are banned from using Facebook and Flickr. Andrew Jacobs (2015) reported that these stringent Internet restrictions are frustrating to most people living in mainland China, especially business owners, noting: Jing Yuechen, the founder of an Internet start-up here in the Chinese capital, has no inter- est in overthrowing the Communist Party. But these days she finds herself cursing the nation’s smothering cyber police as she tries—and fails—to browse photo-sharing websites like Flickr and struggles to stay in touch with the Facebook friends she has made during trips to France, India and Singapore. Gmail has become almost impossible to use here, and in recent weeks the authorities have gummed up Astrill, the software Ms. Jing and countless others depended on to circumvent the Internet restrictions that Western security analysts refer to as the Great Firewall. But all of these issues and concerns within mainland China remain very real. The purpose of this book is to discuss the growing attention to human rights and social equity in the country as a whole. It would be unfair to cast a wide net over China’s human-rights violations and paint Hong Kong as a land where all of its citizens are treated justly and with a great sense of humanity. Therefore, each of the chapters in this book will focus on social equity issues within the country as a whole, though the chapter by Wong (Chapter 2) does...

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