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Wan Lixin Opinion deputy editor of Shanghai Daily


‘Bright futures’ of China’s gaokao stars casts doubt on true value of local education

IN a heart-wrenching farewell message, a long-suffering student recounted the torturous upbringing that ultimately drove him to take his own life. “I will be abused if I got 98 points, would get a slap ...

June 29, 2016, Wednesday

Book makes case for greater investment in worker wellbeing

THE Bible states that “the ravens neither sow nor reap, neither have storehouse nor barn, yet God feeds them” (Luke 12:24). Most of us humans, however, are not so privileged, in that most of us have to ...

June 24, 2016, Friday

Pleasures of wealth, second-hand thrills can’t compete with joy of balanced living

LAST Thursday morning I received a message reminding me that “On this glorious day that belongs to you, wish you a happy birthday, good health, and all the best!” I was a little touched, even though ...

June 22, 2016, Wednesday

As we remember literary legend Yang Jiang, we should not forget her devotion to family

THE literary world received some sad news last week, when author and translator Yang Jiang passed away at the age of 105. Yang was known for her translation of Cervantes’ “Don Quixote,” as well as her ...

June 1, 2016, Wednesday

‘Trash talks’ highlights dirty truth about waste and consumption

IN her book “Trash Talks: Revelations in the Rubbish,” philosophy professor Elizabeth V. Spelman confronts something we normally try to avoid: garbage. Most people don’t give trash much thought after ...

May 27, 2016, Friday

Planners need to find clean, safe solution to problems caused by mass car ownership

LAST Thursday I saw two pictures in a WeChat group used by parents in my son’s class. I’ve been so haunted by these images that I feel compelled to say something about them. The first picture showed ...

May 25, 2016, Wednesday

Effort needed to clean up public discourse sullied by slang, coarse online language

EARLY this month, a commentary in People’s Daily expressed concern at the increasingly widespread use of online terms and slang phrases in the traditional mass media. Some of these terms have even made ...

May 19, 2016, Thursday

World’s debt to finance laid out in ‘Money Changes Everything’

FINANCE, especially when stripped to its bare essentials of borrowing and lending, had long been viewed with suspicion in China. As traditional Chinese society placed a high premium on production (agriculture) ...

May 13, 2016, Friday

Whether you crave attention or oblivion, be wary of impressions left in online world

RECENTLY I got a letter from a reader who had two articles published in our paper while she was still a middle-school student. Now, older and wiser, she regrets her youthful writings, and requested that ...

May 11, 2016, Wednesday

Old treatise on aging filled with timeless wisdom for all people

IN much of China today, the question “how old are you?” is still an acceptable way to start a conversation. Chinese idealize the elderly as enlightened bearers of wisdom, worthy of greater veneration. ...

April 29, 2016, Friday


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