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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).

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/china_law_prof_blog/2013/05/yu-hua-in-china-power-is-arrogant.html

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Professor, check this news, which has negative influence on many of my classmate and which shows the arrogant of power! http://www.eeo.com.cn/2013/0511/243947.shtml
不超龄22万,超龄26万,这4万的好处费,是用来化解年龄问题的。”从一个自称能搞到留京指标的中介的报价中,张新初次得知今年的留京指标开始有年龄限制。不过这个毕业于北京大学某热门专业高材生的第一反应是,这是骗子瞎编,用来忽悠钱的。

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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