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What Chinese People Are Saying About Reproductive Freedom

What Chinese People Are Saying About Reproductive Freedom

Too busy to get your daily dose of RADII? We got you every Tuesday with a summary of all the freshest takes on China’s youth culture in the last week.

  • How is abortion perceived in China? We spoke with six Chinese people to get their take on the controversial issue.
  • “I only had like, 1,200 bucks in one pocket. The other pocket was filled with ambitions and hopes,” says Van Ness Wu about his younger self two decades ago.
  • Developed by three students from the Communication University of China in Beijing and published by Gameragame, Room 301, Building 6 started as an experiment on immersion in different states of consciousness.
  • The reason for the highly-anticipated game Diablo Immortal’s postponement in China remains up in the air, although speculation is rife that it has to do with the developers’ social media behavior.
  • Apart from selling products, Teacher Dong also shares psychological and poetic stories with viewers of his livestreams.

Intrigued? Keep scrolling, my friend.

Chinese People Sound Off on Roe v. Wade, Reproductive Freedom

On May 3, Politico revealed a leaked draft opinion that divulged the U.S. Supreme Court’s plans to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark decision guaranteeing legal abortion in America. The news set off a tidal wave of worldwide media coverage, debates, and discussions.

The article has also rippled to the opposite side of the Pacific.

An equally contentious topic in China, reproductive freedom has been ruffling more feathers in recent years. An increasing number of women in China are openly reluctant to have kids, and for justifiable reasons: In addition to pregnancy discrimination in the workplace, the cost of raising a child in China is growing exponentially.

Given that China has one of the fastest-growing aging populations globally, officials have been trying to promote marriage and childbirth — even going so far as advocating for university students to start families.

With a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on Roe v. Wade seemingly just over the horizon, RADII speaks to six Chinese people of varying ages and backgrounds to weigh in on Roe v. Wade and reproductive freedom.

Van Ness Wu’s Two-Decade-Long Cross-Cultural Journey in Entertainment

Walks of Fame is a monthly column where we profile a famous individual from China (or of Chinese heritage) whom you should know more about. This month, get to know actor, dancer, singer, and fashion designer Vanness Wu.

Ask a Chinese millennial to name one iconic Taiwanese boy band that took China by storm in the early 2000s. The chances are high that they will mention the now-disbanded Flower Four, aka F4 boy band.

Incredibly, more than 20 years since the band peaked, ex-band member Van Ness Wu is still making waves in the Chinese entertainment industry.

Born and raised in California, Wu used to work as a telemarketer, believe it or not. This was before he starred as Mei Zuo in the hit Taiwanese drama Meteor Garden in 2001.

Meteor Garden only marked the beginning of Wu’s journey in the entertainment industry — the actor, singer, dancer, and designer seems to have done it all at this point.

We had the pleasure of speaking to the 43-year-old about his journey to becoming a global pop star and his future plans for fans worldwide.

  • On June 22, China’s media regulators released a new regulation to tighten scrutiny on livestreaming hosts’ behavior. Users who severely violate the new regulations will be put on a blacklist and receive a permanent ban.
  • On June 20, tech giant Tencent Holdings announced that it would be establishing a new extended reality (XR) department that will helm metaverse-related businesses.

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