‘Traditional virtues’ institute shut down after Internet rage

By Zhao Yusha Source:Global Times Published: 2017/12/3 23:13:27

The education bureau in Fushun in Northeast China's Liaoning Province has ordered a controversial institute to close after a viral video showing a lecturer telling female students they must be subordinate to men sparked heated discussion on social media.

The video shows students being told that women who are victims of domestic violence should not fight back; they would die if they had sex with more than three men and women who ordered take-out instead of cooking for their families will lose their virtue.

The narrated video posted on Pear Video showed what it said was a lecture to students attending the Fushun School of Traditional Culture that taught women the necessity of "traditional  Chinese virtues."

The Fushun education bureau said "the institute's teachings went against  socialist core values." A notice on the bureau's Sina Weibo account said it would "stop any phenomenon that violated the core value of socialism."

An employee of the institute, surnamed Chai, told the Global Times that the video was a misinterpretation of the institute's tutoring to prevent people from learning traditional culture.

"The school has been opened for seven or eight years, and is free of charge. People who receive an education here are always grateful to us," said the employee.

Kang Jinsheng, the institute's headmaster said in the video that the school aims to carry forward traditional culture. Not many netizens agreed. They slammed the institute as retrogressive and "tarnishing China's traditional culture."

The Pear video showed women who "studied" at the institute were required to get up at 4:30 am  to do house chores. "My husband sent me there, wanting me to learn women's virtue and subordination," said one woman in the video.

The Pear video said that this institute was established in 2011 and was approved by Fushun's civil affairs bureau. The bureau told China National Radio that the institute had not received approval to enroll students, but was only allowed to establish the institute.

In recent years, a number of schools teaching "traditional feminine virtues" have sprung up nationwide.

Instead of promoting gender equality, these schools tell students that "a woman should respect her father, husband and son unconditionally" and that "women should be subordinate to men," various media have reported.

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