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Former Taiwan independence supporter ostracized for change of heart

For most of her life, Chang Wei-shan, born in central Taiwan, had believed that people on the Chinese mainland were the enemy and Taiwan should be independent. But her views changed after entering college, when she became a firm supporter and activist of the island’s reunification with the mainland.
Source: Global Times | 2017/6/22 19:13:10

Stand-up comic risks everything just to raise a few smiles

Zhong Yongming is probably China's only full-time stand-up comedy street performer.
Source: Global Times | 2017/6/15 22:34:41

Decades of history seen through a photographer’s lens

“In the 1980s and 1990s, many people only had one opportunity in their lives to visit Tiananmen Square and get their photos taken there. I was one of the photographers there who took photos for them, and now I’m the only one left from that period,” said Gao Yuan.
Source: Global Times | 2017/6/9 0:26:13

Down the social ladder

For many Chinese who struggle to climb up the social ladder, Wu's fall became an alarming tale.
Source: Global Times | 2017/6/2 5:03:39

Muslim woman overcomes stigma to pursue passion for mountaineering

Maizi is virtually a household name in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region after becoming the only woman from the region to have successfully scaled Mount Qomolangma, more commonly known in the West as Mount Everest.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/25 20:11:35

Director seeks to help victims overcome trauma through her films

Women suffer an overwhelming and suffocating darkness that haunts their entire life after they are raped, says director Huang Ji.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/18 22:26:35

Former gambler motivates people to abstain from their addiction

Life is just like gambling. This phrase is frequently uttered by Yao Jianyun both in lecture halls and everyday life.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/11 18:42:31

Bellicose MMA coach stirs up wushu establishment after beating tai chi master

The previously unknown man became a sensation after a live broadcast showing him beating a tai chi master in a fight in less than 10 seconds on April 27. The video, which has been viewed and reposted millions of times, no doubt strengthened his confidence in his quest to "defeat martial arts frauds in the name of the people."
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/4 20:36:12

Crematorium owner prepares final journey of animals with love and affection

Among all cremated animals in Beijing, 10 percent will be laid to rest by Feng Gong, who runs a pet crematorium in suburban Beijing.
Source: Global Times-Agencies | 2017/4/21 5:03:40

Spreading the word on Tourette’s

When Jiang Yunsheng got a WeChat message from a stranger in Australia saying he wanted help from him, he had not expected that his efforts in fighting discrimination against Tourette syndrome could have such a wide impact.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/14 5:03:40

Young artist keeps her focus despite overnight stardom

Wang Hua, a waitress-turned-painter, has always dreamed of getting her family out of poverty. But when she finally gained recognition and an offer of 200,000 yuan ($29,000) for one of her works, she rejected it.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/7 5:03:40

Beijinger undergoes sex change after seven decades of frustration

At the age of 72, Xin Yue decided that it was time to realize a lifelong dream: to become a woman.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/31 5:03:41

77-year-old Jew reflects on migrant crisis in Europe

Born on 26 October 1939 in Shanghai into a Jewish family, Sonja Muhlberger is what she would call an “ex-Shanghailander.”
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/23 21:42:38

Teenager fights for women’s rights through micro movie

At the age of 18, Sang Ni, a senior student at a Beijing high school, shot the feminist micro-movie Fengzhongliu, which translates to “Willow in the Wind.” The film has just been released online and tells the story of a girl who pursues her dream of becoming a painter against her father’s disapproval.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/17 0:28:47

Veteran NPC deputy shrugs off controversy in efforts to alleviate poverty

No one in China has managed to break her record as the “living fossil” of the National People’s Congress (NPC), the country’s top legislature. The 88-year-old Shen Jilan from North China’s Shanxi Province has been elected as a deputy to the NPC for 12 consecutive times since 1954.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/10 5:03:40

Wal-mart cashier leads fight against reform she sees unfair

At a plenary staff meeting in the supermarket where Liang Yinying works as a cashier, she was the first to question a reform to working hours.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/3 5:03:39

Nobel laureate courts controversy over decision to come back to China

World-renowned physicist and Nobel laureate Yang Zhenning has recently come under the spotlight again.
Source: Global Times-Agencies | 2017/2/23 23:16:17

Filmmaker goes against odds to document story of ‘comfort women’

“The world is so beautiful. I want to live and see this world.” When documentary maker Guo Ke heard these words from Wei Shaolan, a woman forced into sex slavery by Japanese soldiers during their invasion of China, he was barely able to comprehend it.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/16 23:52:00