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George Washington University Law School

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Yu Hua: "In China, Power Is Arrogant"

Here's a nice op-ed by the writer Yu Hua about how the arrogance and unaccountability of power leads to ridiculous regulations in China. Exhibit A in this type of article is usually the Hunan regulation calling for female civil servants to have symmetrical breasts. Since the reaction I usually get when talking about this regulation is one of amused skepticism - people are willing to believe crazy things happen, but not this crazy - I thought it would be useful to emphasize that this regulation really did exist. Here's the news report about it, with specific details (in Chinese).

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Professor, check this news, which has negative influence on many of my classmate and which shows the arrogant of power!

Posted by: elaine | May 11, 2013 8:13:22 AM

I have seen enrolment requirements for college students based on personal height. That was in Sichuan. I told the President that Deng Xiaoping couldn't apply. The Chinese argument is that our policy caters for the majority and cannot afford to extend it to the minority because of heavy demand for places.

Posted by: Frankie Fook-lun Leung | Jun 2, 2013 10:20:52 AM

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