China Perspectives

Articles from No. 4, 2016

Alain Badiou and the Multiple Meanings of the "Cultural Revolution"
In 1966, a massive event erupted in China under the name of the "Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution." To this day, even with the benefit of a half-century of hindsight, there is still no consensus on how to interpret this profound upheaval in modern...
Back from the Dead: Wrongful Convictions and Criminal Justice in China
He Jiahong, Back From the Dead: Wrongful Convictions and Criminal Justice in China, Honolulu, University of Hawai'i Press, 2016, xxvi, 236 pp.STANLEY LUBMANIn 1987, Teng Xingshan was sentenced to death for raping a woman and dismembering her body; wrongfully...
China's Future
David Shambaugh, China's Future, Cambridge, UK, Malden, MA, Polity Press, 2016, 224 pp.ALEXANDRE DE SAINT-DENISMany observers are rightly concerned and also divided over the issue of China's future. Not a year passes without several books being published...
China's Urban Century: Governance, Environment and Socio-Economic Imperatives
François Gipouloux (ed.), China's Urban Century: Governance, Environment and Socio-Economic Imperatives, Cheltenham, UK, Northampton, MA, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015, 287 pp.François Gipouloux, director of research emeritus at CNRS (National Centre...
"Do You Hear the People Sing" "Lift Your Umbrella"?: Understanding Hong Kong's Pro-Democratic Umbrella Movement through YouTube Music Videos
In autumn 2014, the international media's attention shifted to Hong Kong, where hundreds of thousands of young people occupied the streets demanding democratic reform. In particular, the power of the pictures that were spread by means of TV, Internet,...
Editorial
Access to healthcare is at the intersection of many challenges faced by China today. Aware of the stakes, the government has been engaged since the noughts in a series of reforms in which two philosophies coexist: a highly regulated market, and competition...
Evolution of the Health System: Inefficiency, Violence, and Digital Healthcare
IntroductionToday, China's public hospitals manage 90% of consultations for what English-speakers would call ambulatory care or outpatient care, and 90% of hospital inpatient admissions. (1) As such, public hospitals deal with demands for treatment by...
Healthcare Service in Hong Kong and Its Challenges: The Role of Health Professionals within a Social Model of Health
An individual's health status is determined by multiple factors. Not only do a person's genetic make-up and lifestyle affect his or her health, but factors such as housing, community networks, and the environment also play an important role in a person...
Health Insurance Reforms and Health Policies in Rural China
The economic opening of China that Deng Xiaoping called for in the late 1970s contributed to strong and sustained economic growth (the average increase in GDP approached a regular 10% annually between 1980 and 2014 (1)), allowing a quadrupling of income...
Living in the City: The Identity Strategies of Schoolchildren in an Urban Setting Confronted by the Stigma of Being "Children of Nongmingong"
The scholarly legitimisation of the "question of the education of children of rural migrant workers living in an urban setting" in China and the prospects for "integration"The household registration system in China known as hukou,(1) originally set up...
The Hippocratic Dilemmas: Guanxi and Professional Work in Hospital Care in China
We begin with a story published in People's Daily on 5 July 2013:Whenever Dr. Li, a physician at China-Japan Friendship Hospital, received a phone call with unfamiliar numbers from her hometown, she knew that it must be from someone whom she barely knew...
The Lost Generation: "Barefoot Doctors" in Post-Reform China
China's barefoot doctor system is known for having provided inexpensive and accessible medical care to its large rural population in the 1960s and 70s.(1) Barefoot doctors, chosen from local farmers, received basic medical training and then served in...
The Perfect Dictatorship, China in the 21st Century
Stein Ringen, The Perfect Dictatorship, China in the 21st Century, Hong Kong, HKU Press, 2016, 193 pp.With The Perfect Dictatorship, Stein Ringen proposes to explain how a regime built on "much that is unpleasant" (p. 135) manages nevertheless to carry...
Whom to Trust When Sick?: The Wei Zexi Incident, the Chinese Internet, and the Healthcare System in China
A21 -year-old hardworking student from Xidian University in Xi'an, Wei Zexi MJffi, has been at the centre of public discussion since his death in April 2016. When diagnosed with end-stage synovial sarcoma back in 2014, Wei and his family searched for...
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