Keyword: Culture

The Friends of Spirit Community: reviving China’s disappearing villages

It is well-known that many villages and old buildings in China are disappearing due to the advance of urbanization. From 2000 until 2010, the number of so-called “natural villages” (villages that grew spontaneously and are not administrative divisions) in China’s rural areas dropped from 3.6 million to 2.7 million. The efforts of one young man to save and revive some of China’s traditional villages have now gained some attention from the Chinese media. Born and raised in a Sichuan village, Tang Ming has a strong sense of mission and nostalgia toward villages in China. After studying in Peking University under Professor Yu Kongjian, known as the Father of Landscape Architecture, he worked …read more

Dollar Street - a new way to travel the world

Dollar Street – a new way to travel the world

Bill Gates recently shared his passion for the website Dollar Street. In two blog posts, the American magnate and philanthropist describes his fascination with the site, which is based on the concept of imagining that everyone in the world lives on the same street, but all the houses are ordered by income from the poorest to the richest. The creator, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, made the site with the purpose of reducing the alienation between different cultures and creating a place where it is easy and natural to see how similar people’s lives are across the world; she says “it’s striking to see how similar our lives are. It makes the …read more

Child lingerie show roundly condemned

A child modeling contest was held on December 3 in Changchun, the capital of China’s northeastern Jilin province. Organized by children’s clothing brand VICKY’Z, the competition attracted dozens of girls and boys aged 3 to 15 to perform in a “Victoria Secret” style fashion show. Featuring children wearing lingerie and heavy makeup, the show has provoked fierce national condemnation. This is not the first time that a child lingerie show steps into the public view, and it is not the first time it is criticized. Over the last two years, kids in tiny clothes walking the runways have been spotted in Hebei, Chengdu, Guangdong and other places, according to China Women’s News. …read more

Women's Rights in China – an Interview with Feng Yuan

Women’s Rights in China – an Interview with Feng Yuan

An interview with veteran Chinese feminist Feng Yuan on women’s rights in China.

In spite of sexism, China’s female CEOs flourish

A Chinese CEO caused an uproar a few weeks ago by announcing during the China CEO Summit, held in Beijing, that he would not invest in companies with female CEOs. “Rule number 10: we usually don’t invest in female CEOs”, read the slide in a presentation given by Luo Mingxiong from Jingbei Investment, an early-stage VC firm, during the investor conference. The remark has aroused public outrage, especially among female entrepreneurs. “Luo is a low-EQ and narrow-minded investor”, Li Yi, founder and CEO of the renewable energy company Renogy-RNG Inc, wrote on Weibo. She said she was among the female CEOs Luo wouldn’t invest in, and that she would make high …read more

What were the New Patterns and Visions for Chinese Charity in 2016?

What were the New Patterns and Visions for Chinese Charity in 2016?

Our translation of the speech by Wang Xingzui, Executive Vice-President of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, at a forum for charitable foundations in Shanghai.

Forum calls for social forces to participate in the preservation of cultural relics

Forum calls for social forces to participate in the preservation of cultural relics

The first forum for social forces involved in the protection of cultural relics was held by the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation (CFCHC) and Guangming Daily in Beijing on November 3rd. The policies, mechanisms and legislation for the involvement of social forces in the conservation of cultural relics were discussed during the forum. Representatives of charitable foundations, grassroots social organizations, state social organizations, academics and volunteers in related fields all attended. The deputy chief editor of Guangming Daily gave a speech at the forum. He said that every generation should be and must be the protector of historical relics, so that cultural heritage can be handed over to the …read more

Handicraft made by low-income women exhibited in Paris

Handicraft made by low-income women exhibited in Paris

The third international forum of women’s sustainable development and exhibition on women’s innovation was held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on October 26th. The event was organized by the China Women’s Development Foundation and the Sino-American Friendship Association, with the support of UNESCO. Its aim is to demonstrate the achievements of Chinese women’s participation in economic and social development, let the world hear the charitable voices of Chinese women and enhance people’s understanding of Chinese development, woman’s advancement and the Chinese charitable sector through different activities including a forum, exhibition and charity auction. An exhibition of traditional Chinese handicraft was also held during the event. During the exhibition, the …read more

World Philanthropy Forum held at Tsinghua University

On the 5th of September, in honour of the recent passing of China’s new ‘Charity Law’ and of the ‘UN Charity Day’ which also falls on that day, Tsinghua University hosted a World Philanthropy Forum. The event was organized by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CRAFFC), Tsinghua University, and the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation. The forum’s theme was ‘a new ecology and a new philanthropy’, and the discussions centered around the fields of policy, research, practice and personnel training from the perspectives of global participation, social organizations and entrepreneurs. The event was made up of two major forums and five sub-forums. Lectures were delivered on topics including …read more

Online public offering to help restore the Great Wall

A public offering for the Conservation of the Great Wall was held at the Great Hall of the People by the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation (CFCHC) on the first of September. This was the first public offering for the preservation of the Great Wall, and also China’s first public offering for the conservation of cultural heritage to make use of the internet. As one of the largest single pieces of cultural heritage in the world, the Great Wall has been suffering from both natural and human damage for thousands of years, and it has been listed as one of the hundred most endangered historic sites worldwide. The CFCHC aims to promote the Wall’s …read more

Chinese court rules against first gay marriage lawsuit

Chinese court rules against first gay marriage lawsuit

A district court in Changsha, Hunan province, ruled against a gay couple in the China’s first same-sex marriage lawsuit on the 13th of April.

“Walls of Kindness” survive in Zhengzhou but are shut down in other cities

“Walls of Kindness” survive in Zhengzhou but are shut down in other cities

While the “Walls of Kindness” were shut down in many Chinese cities, it prospered in Zhengzhou, this is due to good management and maintenance.

“Walls of Kindness” spring up in Chinese cities

“Wall of Kindness” have sprung up in many Chinese cities recently.

Sixth ILGA-ASIA conference held in Taiwan

The sixth ILGA-ASIA Conference(第六届国际同志大会)was held from the 27th to the 30th of October in Taipei, Taiwan. More than 300 LGBT activists from nearly 40 countries attended the meeting, including ones from the American Human Rights Campaign, the ASEAN SOGIE Caucus, the Ford Foundation and EU offices. The participants shared thought-provoking presentations and discussions. This year’s theme was “Independent Souls and Bodies”(灵魂‧身体自主). The ILGA-Asia Board along with the local hosts, the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association(台湾同志咨询热线协会), developed the theme from both a global and local perspective. A broad variety of forums, workshops and activities were offered, covering topics including political strategy, messaging and awareness raising, comparative legal analysis and other specific strategy formulations. Taiwan is a pioneer …read more

Catchy song on China's Five Year Plan goes viral

Catchy song on China’s Five Year Plan goes viral

On October 26th Xinhua news agency published an animated video in English introducing China’s 13th five-year plan, the social and economic blueprint for the country’s policy in the 2016-2020 period, while at the same time the Central Committee of China’s Communist Party met to discuss the Plan’s details in Beijing. The catchy song has since gone viral. See here for the video.

Prof. Yang Dongping receives the Prix Charles & Monique MORAZE

Prof. Yang Dongping, director of the 21st Century Education Research Institute and member of the State Education Consulting Committee, received the Prix Charles & Monique MORAZE award from the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (literally, House of the Sciences of Man Foundation) on October 22. The Foundation gave the award to Yang for his outstanding contributions to China’s educational reform in the last decade. The Prix Charles & Monique MORAZE, founded in 2013, is a newly emerged French social sciences award. The award is named after the famous French historian Charles MORAZE and the indologist Monique MORAZE (Charles’ s wife), and it aims to encourage and award researchers around the world for …read more

CDB will hold a special event at China Charity Fair

On September 19th, China Development Brief (CDB), together with Beijing Ginkgo Foundation(北京市银杏公益基金会), will hold a seminar, titled “Creative Approaches for the Localization of Overseas Practice”(海外经验在本土的创新实践), at the fourth China Charity Fair in Shenzhen. Leaders from foundations/NPOs and representatives of philanthropic media who have experience in exchanging with or visiting overseas philanthropic organizations will share their stories and discuss the challenges and risks they are facing. The aim of this seminar is to push the development of the public welfare sector by learning from foreign countries and drawing on their experience. CDB was founded in 1996 and registered in 2003 as the Beijing Civil Society Development Research Center, serving as a bilingual platform for the Chinese civil society. The co-host of this event, Beijing Ginkgo Foundation, was founded in July 2015. As a nonpublic fund-raising foundation, it sponsors outstanding talents and organizations in the public welfare sector, and conducts related research, trainings and communication events. For more details about the event, please visit the Events Section.

Mapping the Development of NGOs in Ethnic Minority Areas

Mapping the Development of NGOs in Ethnic Minority Areas

In this article, the author analyzes the obstacles NGOs working in ethnic minority areas have to overcome in order to operate and develop.