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China Change The Sword of Damocles Hanging Over Every Chinese NGO: Thoughts on the Sin of Transition Institute and the Uselessness to Stay “Apolitical”
By Lu Chai, published: May 21, 2015 “[F]ew options remain. You can turn your back on groups that are targeted and in trouble, and continue to advertise your own abstention from all things political. Or you can face up, with honesty, to the reality that civil society has little space to work in, muster your courage, and raise objections.” &nbs [...] Keep reading »
China Change Pounding Mentors to Death: China’s Draft Law on Foreign NGO Management
By Song Zhibiao, published: May 17, 2015 We present you the second commentary out of China on the draft law. The first one, by Dr. Wan Yanhai, one of China’s NGO pioneers, briefly examines the operational path of Chinese NGOs from early 1990s to the present, and how the three recent laws will dead-end rights advocacy NGOs in China. This, it turns [...] Keep reading »
China Change For Whom the Bell Tolls: One Chinese NGO’s Alleged Crime of “Illegal Business Operation”
By Wan Yanhai, published: May 13, 2015   In March 2007, Guo Yushan (郭玉闪)and others co-founded Transition Social and Economic Consulting Limited, otherwise known as Beijing Transition Institute. In July 2013, Beijing Bureau of Civil Affairs sent Transition Institute (TI) a violation notice, alleging that the organization had not registe [...] Keep reading »
China Change Feminist Five Thank Domestic and International Support That Secured Their Release
Published: May 6, 2015 Below are excerpts of the letters they posted following their release on April 13, 2015.   Wei Tingting (韦婷婷), April 17, 2015   Since the first day home, I have been constantly trying to make up for what I missed during the detention, reading your articles, tracking your chats, browsing through various reports from va [...] Keep reading »
China Change Response to China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Accusation against Yirenping
By Beijing Yirenping Center, April 14, 2015   On April 14, Hong Lei, the Spokesman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), stated publicly that our organization, Beijing Yirenping Center (BYC), “has allegedly violated the law, and will be punished.” Our organization’s response is as follows: 1.  We welcome MOFA in its [...] Keep reading »
China Change Detention of Five Chinese Feminist Activists at the Juncture of Beijing+20 – An Interview with Gender Scholar Wang Zheng
Published: April 11, 2015 “You must know the global picture of women to understand the international response to the detention of the five feminists in China.”   Professor Wang Zheng (王政), of the University of Michigan, is a scholar whose research focuses on the modern and contemporary history of Chinese women and gender, and Chinese [...] Keep reading »
China Change China’s Independent NGOs Face Hard Times
A translation of a VOA report in Chinese, published: March 11, 2015 Professor Xia Min of CUNY: “Xi’s fear is exactly that the maturing of civil society will organically provide, with the organizing capacity and solidarity within Chinese society, a platform for the building of political parties.”   A documentary produced by the well-k [...] Keep reading »
China Change Absentees, Raise Your Hands!
By Liu Yu, published: February 25, 2015 “You see?  No hands are raised by those who are absent in the classroom.  Everyone is here. What a wonderful class!”   I complain about China now and then, and a friend of mine pointed out my failing to appreciate it. “China is in great shape now,” she pointed to the window. “Can’t you see? [...] Keep reading »
China Change The Kou Yanding I Know
By Zhai Minglei, published: February 4, 2015 (Chinese original was published in October, 2014.) Get a glimpse of one of the quietest but most admirable NGO activists in China who has been held incommunicado since October 10th, 2014. – The Editor     At this very moment, I am in Shanghai, jotting down some memories of mine. In China, som [...] Keep reading »
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