Beijing’s population revealed to have decreased in 2017
Editor‘s note This report is based on an article in Chinese published by a Wemedia account named 京事儿 . You can find the original here. The “Blue Book of Beijing’s Population”, produced by the Research Centre on Beijing’s Population and Social Development of Beijing’s Municipal Party Committee School and the Social Sciences Academic Press, was officially released on the 9th of December. It reports on the current situation and the tendencies regarding Beijing’s population. Below are five findings from the Blue Book that can give you a picture of the situation at the macro-level. The number of migrants and the registered population has dropped Since 1949, the population of Beijing …read more
What does the Iron Divide in Suzhou’s Primary School Expose?
CDB’s translation of an article discussing a recent incident in Suzhou, in which an elite primary school’s playground was divided by an iron barrier to separate the children of migrants from local children. The article analyses deep-rooted issues of educational inequality in China.
UN World Population Day – China’s Ageing Population
Editor’s Note This is an abbreviated and adapted translation of a report published by the WeChat account of 尖椒部落 on the 11th of July 2018. You can find the original here. The 11th of July is World Population Day, an annual event that seeks to raise awareness of population issues. This article discusses the issue of population ageing in China, and presents some of the strategies that eleven second-tier cities and four first-tier cities around the country have used to deal with this issue. In 2017 the proportion of elderly people was 17.3% and the birth rate was 12.43. The international definition of an ageing population is when the proportion of people over …read more
The second national seminar on migrant children calls for more professional involvement
The second “Migrant Population Social Work Service and Innovation Seminar” took place in Nanjing on the 26th of May, co-sponsored by Xiezuzhe (Facilitators) and the China Sociologist Association. With several other organizations present, the seminar mainly discussed the social aid and protection of migrant children, urban integration and development from the perspective of social workers, and service resource organizations. According to the organizers, a look at previous academic work shows that research and discussion on social work with migrant children comes predominantly from academia, and far less from front-line service organizations. At the same time, not many opportunities have been provided for people working in this field to discuss service-related …read more