Starting June 7, millions of Chinese high-school students will take the gaokao (高考 gāokǎo), the nationwide college entrance examination. This year, according to Xinhua (in Chinese), close to 9.4 million candidates have signed up to participate in the high-stakes examination. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the resumption of the gaokao after the end of the Cultural Revolution. For more on China’s examination from hell, see SupChina’s primer on the gaokao.
China making plans to put people on the moon / SCMP
Official approval and funding for China’s manned lunar mission are on the horizon, said Yang Liwei 杨利伟, deputy director general of China Manned Space Agency.
Why China’s gays and lesbians are still stuck in the closet / SCMP
“While Taiwan’s LGBT community has cheered a ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, their mainland counterparts are struggling just to be accepted by their loved ones and the authorities.”
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