In 1979, the Chinese government instituted a one-child policy to combat overpopulation. There were a few loopholes in this policy, but in the majority of cases, if parents had more than one child, they would be forced to pay a significant fine. The one-child policy has had at least two substantial effects on Chinese society: first, a noticeable neglect (to the point of infanticide) of girl babies; second, an extreme pampering of the sole (usually male) offspring.
Today, there is a
because of the
imbalance in the
Long considered one of the great Ming Dynasty novels, Journey to the West relates the story of the Tang Dynasty monk Xuanzang and his travels to India, collecting Buddhist scriptures. In this story, Xuanzang is accompanied by a trio of protectors, one of whom is a trickster named Sun Wukong, or "the Monkey King."
His great powers, and very human flaws,
have made him
The Monkey King, who acquires
through Taoist practices, can transform into
various animals and objects.
China is the world's largest producer and consumer of coal, and the largest user of coal-derived electricity. Though most Chinese cities have banned the burning of coal for domestic purposes, deaths relating to indoor coal pollution are rampant, taking more than 400,000 lives per year.
deaths related to indoor
air pollution, per year
deaths from mining accidents
miners were killed from an
explosion in 2005
Shenzen is a major city in the south of Southern China's Guangdong Province. Once a small fishing village, Shenzhen became China's first, and one of its most successful, Special Economic Zones—areas in which foreign and domestic companies can trade and invest without the same control and regulations as other parts of China.
With a population of nearly
it currently holds administrative independence
just short of a full province.
in foreign investment has come
through Shenzhen, first in
manufacturing and more
recently in service industries
"Factories fell under international
scrutiny in 2010 after a
at its plants. Companies have
since improved conditions
in its factories and dormitories."
-The Wall Street Journal
The Great Hall of the People hosts all of China's most significant national meetings, including the National People's Congress and the National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.
The building is located at
the western edge of
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When faced with modern day challenges, the Chinese youth are reluctant to seek out religion or psychoanalysis, which have been historically viewed as disruptive foreign notions and even threats to the Communist Party. As a result, the self-help genre has become a widely popular alternative.
Faced with new opportunities—
and encouraged to do the very things their
parents might've been imprisoned for—