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Daughter of H.K. tycoon issues plea on sexuality

Jan 30, 2014

Daughter of H.K. tycoon issues plea on sexuality

The lesbian daughter of a Hong Kong tycoon who offered more than $100 million to find her a male suitor has issued a heartfelt open letter urging him to accept her sexuality. In the letter, which starts “Dear Daddy,” socialite Gigi Chao asked her ...

Chinese lash out at sexuality 'conversion therapy'

Jan 21, 2014

Chinese lash out at sexuality 'conversion therapy'

A wire connected to his genitals, a Chinese man says doctors administered repeated electric shocks as he watched a pornographic film — part of treatment he hoped would eliminate his sexual attraction to men. “I thought I’d try and see if there was a ...

China mom homeless after 17-year hunt for son

Jan 19, 2014

China mom homeless after 17-year hunt for son

The 17-year hunt for her kidnapped son cost Ye Jinxiu her marriage, home and family. And when she found her boy, now a grown man and stranger, he wanted nothing to do with her. Now 59, homeless and alone again, Ye roams the streets ...

Thai teen pregnancies rise without sex ed

Jan 17, 2014

Thai teen pregnancies rise without sex ed

Days away from giving birth and living apart from her family, 16-year-old Ying is one of a growing number of Thai teenagers to fall pregnant every year in a country where sex education is focused on the married. Despite its anything-goes image, Thailand has ...

Seoul digs up nation-building past

| Jan 4, 2014

Seoul digs up nation-building past

Fifty years ago, several hundred South Koreans went to work in German mines — the first wave of a flood of Korean migrants whose remittances helped jump-start one of the great economic transformations of the modern age. The experience was often lonely, and for ...

China's workers leave kids in country

Dec 31, 2013

China's workers leave kids in country

by William Wan

Regulars of the Jianba barbershop in the southern Chinese city of Zhuzhou recently found it shuttered, with a curious note taped to the door. Dear customers: I got a call from my daughter yesterday. I have been away from her so long she doesn’t ...

China eases one-child policy, abolishes 're-education' labor camps

Dec 28, 2013

China eases one-child policy, abolishes 're-education' labor camps

China’s top legislative committee formally approved a loosening of the country’s hugely controversial one-child policy Saturday and abolished camps for “re-education through labor,” state media reported. The decisions were taken by the standing committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s rubber-stamp parliament, at the ...

Indian gay activists protest supreme court sex ruling

Dec 15, 2013

Indian gay activists protest supreme court sex ruling

Hundreds of gay rights activists gathered in India’s capital and other cities across the country on Sunday to protest a decision by India’s top court to uphold a law that criminalizes gay sex. India’s Supreme Court last week reversed a landmark 2009 lower court ...