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Officially out

Tao, probably the first civil servant to have come out as gay in China, has never been shy in expressing his views. From confronting his superiors over corruption to sharing details of his private life, including nude photos and his one-night stand experiences, he has always been candid on social media and in front of the cameras.
Source: Global Times | 2015/9/11 5:03:01

Top scientist shows how smog amplified flooding in SW China

While it is widely known that smog is hazardous to your health, scientists have recently discovered that air pollution can also result in extreme weather conditions such as floods and droughts.
Source: Global Times | 2015/9/3 5:03:01

Lesbian college student sues Ministry of Education for biased information on LGBT groups in textbooks

Before a new school year started at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, Qiu Bai (pseudonym) received some good news. Last week, a court in Beijing accepted her lawsuit against China's Ministry of Education over Chinese textbooks that describe homosexuality as a “psychological disorder.” Even though no timeline has been set yet for the trial, many consider this a big step forward.
Source: Global Times | 2015/8/28 5:03:01

Remembering a hero

Zhang Yawen, 71, has recently published another anti-war book, which she believes is a remedy and extension to her 2002 novel A Chinese Woman at Gestapo Gunpoint.
Source: Global Times | 2015/8/21 5:03:01

Interpreter recalls tumult of WWII on China-Burma Road

Unlike most soldiers from the Chinese Expeditionary Force during WWII who fought in the China-Burma-India theater (CBI) whose names have been lost to history, Chen Yuanrui is still around to tell his story. Chen, 95 and thin, has a bookshelf stuffed with books related to WWII and the CBI.
Source: Global Times | 2015/8/14 5:03:01

Activist challenges perceptions of Chinese immigrants in US

Every time Connie Young Yu, 74, walks on what remains of the Transcontinental Railroad, she is moved to tears. The 3,200-kilometer railway, built between 1863 and 1869, linked the eastern United States to the western part of the country. Over 12,000 Chinese laborers undertook this dangerous and difficult work. Around 1,200 laborers died in the process.
Source: Global Times | 2015/8/7 5:03:01

Film details journey of China's first Tibetan Olympian

Audiences have described it as breathtaking and heartwarming.On July 19, a movie dedicated to the spirit of sports on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau was shown at the closing ceremony of the Beijing Sports Film Festival. The astonishing scenery in the film was one of the things that attracted audiences most. The film reaches the climax when a girl runs around the Qinghai Lake and across mountains, winning a standing ovation for the film and its director Ke Ke from many viewers.
Source: Global Times | 2015/7/31 5:03:01

Taiwan mother of transsexual man helps mainland parents learn to accept their kids

Not many people know the real name of “Mama Kuo.” She has not been referred to by her real name for 11 years now. But she is respected just the same, and has a strong influence over many young people.
Source: Global Times | 2015/7/24 5:03:01

A Taiwan filmmaker's quest to gather accounts of WWII

He only has time to talk to reporters at midnight, as he spent the rest of the day revising his work of the last 20 years. He is Chen Chun-Tein, the Taiwanese creator of a 40-episode TV documentary Each Inch of Mountain and River is an Inch of Blood.
Source: Global Times | 2015/7/16 19:55:02

Inspired by US court, student reveals sexuality during graduation

At her graduation ceremony on July 4, Wan Qing made an unprecedented gesture. Wearing a rainbow flag, she announced to all present that she is a lesbian and sought the university president's support, causing a great sensation on Chinese social media.
Source: Global Times | 2015/7/10 5:03:01

China's hopes pinned on nation's new track star

No one was more surprised than Su Bingtian when he saw the headlines that crowned him “China's Second Flying Man.” In May, at the Prefontaine Classic competition in Eugene, US, the track and field athlete ran 100 meters in 9.99 seconds. He became the first Asian athlete to run under 10 seconds, which is widely considered the standard for elite sprinters.
Source: Agencies | 2015/7/3 5:03:02

Taoist takes down US official's statement on South China Sea

36-year-old Taoist priest Liang Xingyang recently became an online celebrity after he skewered a US official's statement that China's recent land reclamation efforts in the South China Sea violated the area's feng shui. That episode earned him the nickname “the patriotic Taoist” by netizens.
Source: Global Times | 2015/6/26 5:03:01

Diver recalls traumatic moments of Yangtze ship rescue

Dressed in a black diving suit, Guan Dong was put under the spotlight when he was at his worst. His eyes were red, his hair soaking wet, and he had a bleeding nose. While this is how most people remembered Guan on the screen, it did not stop him from becoming a heroic figure in many people's eyes after he saved two lives on the Yangtze River in a tragedy that saw more than 400 others pass away.
Source: Global Times | 2015/6/12 5:03:01

Whistleblower defies online wrath to take on TV celebrity

Every whistleblower has his own motivations. Some do it for the name, some for fame, some for revenge, and some for cash. But nobody does it for fun. For Qiao Mu, a 45-year-old university professor, however, his whistleblowing on one of China's best-known celebrities put him at the top of the entertainment news.
Source: Global Times | 2015/6/5 5:03:02

Professor tries to encourage critical mindset among students

When associate professor Zhang Nengli ended his course this semester, he made a surprising request: he asked his students to step over him while he lay face down on the ground.
Source: Global Times | 2015/5/29 5:03:01

A Taiwan military veteran organizes residential community in Beijing

For Jiang Shunfang, a trip to the mainland to search for his ancestral home resulted in him becoming the guardian of many homes. Born in Taiwan in 1963, Jiang served in the Taiwan military for 19 years.
Source: Global Times | 2015/5/22 5:03:01

Wang Wenbiao's business empire aims to turn barren lands into oases

The desert made Wang Wenbiao's life hard, but it also made him rich. Better known in China as the "Son of the Desert," Wang, 56, is the chairman of China's largest private green industries enterprise, which has total assets of over 10 billion yuan ($1.6 billion).
Source: Global Times | 2015/5/15 5:03:01

Gao Wenbin looks back on his experience at Tokyo Trials

Ever since childhood, he was called “a tough guy.” At the age of 95, Gao Wenbin is still tough, and has the bearing of an athlete.
Source: Global Times | 2015/5/8 5:03:02