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Nov 20, 2009
via Changing China

The right to play?

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Fierce competition for jobs and university places, and great expectations from parents, are pushing China ’s only children to their limits.Two-three year olds learn English, and experimental classes aim to put “little geniuses” in university seven years ahead of their peers.Are the children in this video losing their “right to play”, as stated by UN in the Convention of the Rights of the Child?
Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 31:

1. States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.2. States Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.Video credit: Wang Shubing and Kitty Bu

Nov 16, 2009
via Changing China

Freudian Slip?

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U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk had an amusing slip of the tongue during remarks to U.S. businessmen in Beijing on Monday, ahead of the arrival of his boss, President Barack Obama.Talking about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Kirk referred to her instead as “President Clinton”.Click on the video to see his good-humored comeback from what he called his YouTube moment.