Editor’s Note: Donald Trump’s ascent to one of the most, if not the most powerful office in the world has been marked by strong opposition from various groups in and outside of the United States. In the most recent protest against his reign, the Women’s March, the masses dug up an old slogan used in Mao’s China--“Women Hold Up Half the Sky”.
Not even 24 hours after moving into the White House on Jan. 22, millions of people took to the streets to demand that the new president respect and support women’s rights, oppose discrimination against women and stop creating division among the people. Washington’s most famous monuments were once again the background to masses shouting slogans which lingered in the streets.
For Chinese onlookers in particular one of these slogans really hit home...
“Women Hold Up Half the Sky!”
A Different Kind of Revolution
Some people on the streets held up signs bearing the slogan, while others displayed their support for those marching by posting the slogan to social media. Hash tags reading “#Halfthesky” even started popping up on some platforms.
Whether or not the marchers and their supporters are aware of the source of the slogan isn’t too clear, however judging by the fact that many of the social media posts referenced Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book, Half the Sky, it seems questionable. However that’s not to say everyone was oblivious to the origins of the slogan.
Ties to China
Another question remains though...that is: is it possible that Kristof and WuDunn have some connection to China? The answer in fact is yes.
Both Kristof and WuDunn were senior reporters for the New York Times stationed in China and both enjoyed collecting well-known Chinese phrases during interviews. Just so happens one of the phrases they especially took a liking to was “women hold up half the sky”.
Source: QQ News
The year just gone was packed with happenings, big and small, in China. Some were good, but a whole lot were bad. Let’s have a look at China’s big news events of 2017.
The Chinese website of Marriott International has been shut down and an employee sacked after two incidences of the hotel chain “disrespecting China’s sovereignty”.
Good news for non-Chinese readers who get lost easily. Google Maps are available in China again!
International tourists transiting through Beijing can now enjoy visa-free stopovers of up to six days.
US coffee giants Starbucks is opening a new store in China every 15 hours.
Much of China’s table tissues and toilet paper do not meet minimum safety standards, according to a government-led survey.
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