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Can China’s #MeToo movement lead to lasting change in the country?

The recent Kris Wu abuse case has brought the #MeToo movement to public attention in China, with the prominent Chinese-Canadian 30 year old singer currently in custody in Beijing, he stands accused of the date rape of a teenager in a possible string of sexual abuse cases. China’s business drinking culture has also come under fire recently as Alibaba sacked a manager and two senior employees, including a senior executive, resigned following allegations that the manager pressured a female Alibaba employee to drink excessively at a business trip before raping her. The two cases have shone a light on sexual assault in China, but this is not the first murmurs of #MeToo in the country, previous high-profile rape allegations have led to a significant backlash on social media. However online censorship has complicated the issue and it is unclear if the #MeToo movement has led to significant change in the country. Can the latest iteration of the #MeToo movement lead to lasting change in China?
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The Chinese public seem very receptive to #MeToo and according to a 2009 study from City University in Hong Kong 80% of Chinese women report to have suffered sexual harassment at some point in their careers. In the last decade high profile sexual abuse scandals have come to the fore in China not only in workplaces but in university campuses, amongst public transport commuters and even in religious groups. The government cannot suppress such a huge, visceral, and widely felt issue, efforts at online censorship have resulted in bunny, bowl and rice emojis being used to bypass censorship. In fact the idea of using rice (mi) bunny (tu) emojis as an alternative hashtag to #MeToo, or #WoYeShi came from student feminist activist Xiao Qiqi, whose post about her ex-professor, Chen Xiaowu attracted more than 2.3 million views in just few days on Weibo, China’s answer to twitter. Kris Wu is in police custody, the more high profile these cases become the more the government will be forced to address these issues like they are just starting to do else where in the world…

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