Chinese feminist website suspended from Weibo

Society & Culture

Top society and culture news for February 21, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina news roundup "5 million yuan rewards for informants in Xinjiang."

  • Chinese pioneering online feminist publication censored for ‘breaking national regulations’ / Weibo
    On Monday night, Women’s Voice, a popular Chinese website that focuses on women’s rights and gender equality, was suspended from posting to social media platform Weibo for 30 days for “recently publishing content that broke relevant Chinese laws and regulations.” Though Weibo did not specify the post in question, Women’s Voice noted that the only recent post that had been censored was about a planned women’s strike in the U.S., set to take place on March 8, International Women’s Day. In response to the incident, the Chinese online feminist community fought back by posting photos of women holding posters that read, “I want my voice back.” (Note: Most links above are to Chinese sources.)
  • Noah’s Ark–inspired mega-church ignites firestorm / Sixth Tone
    Despite a barrage of criticism surrounding it, a mega-church is under construction in Changsha in central China’s Hunan Province. Located in parkland that stretches over 150,000 square meters, the church project, which also includes an institute for biblical studies and a lake, is described by an official statement as a measure to “implement the nation’s religious policy.” However, though backed by the local government, the church is under attack in Chinese media for “converting a public space into an arena for Christianity-related events.” It is also being criticized by local residents for its staggering cost, estimated at 110 million yuan ($16 million), as well as its location: Mao Zedong was born in Hunan. Moreover, the Chinese Communist Party is officially atheist.