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Foreign Maids say Hong Kong Court Ruling is Socially Exclusive

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Download In a landmark decision, Hong Kong's highest court has ruled against granting residency to domestic workers.

The decision by five judges in the Court of Final Appeal has dashed the hopes of maids and home helps who aspire to be permanent residents of Hong Kong.

The court ruled that they may not apply for permanent residence even after seven years, the period that normally applies to other foreigners under the law.

Advocacy groups say the decision is not only discriminatory, but also socially exclusive.

Sen Lam from Radio Australia speaks with Eni Lestari, spokeswoman of Asian Migrants Coordinating Body. It’s an alliance in Hong Kong for domestic workers from the Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Last Updated ( Monday, 01 April 2013 14:27 )

Domestic Violence Law Needed in China

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Download One in four women in China is subject of abuse by their spouse.

But China doesn’t have a specific law forbidding domestic violence.

Rebecca Valli meets Kim Lee, a high-profile wife who puts a face on domestic violence after winning her divorce case against her abusive husband.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 March 2013 17:24 )

China Censorship Prompted Protests

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Download Censorship at the ‘Southern Weekly’, one of the most respected newspapers in China, prompted protests in the Southern city of Guangzhou this week.

Newspaper staff first disclosed the details of the propaganda's interference, then demanded the resignation of the propaganda chief in Guangdong province, where the Weekly is based.

This provoked a strong reaction online and hundreds of people gathered outside the media office to show their support.

After a long standoff, reports say that the staff reached a deal with propaganda departments, and the newspaper is now back on China's new stands.

From Beijing, Rebecca Valli has more.

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 January 2013 16:40 )

China's longest high speed rail service begins operations

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Download China's and indeed the world's longest high speed rail route is up and running.

The country’s first bullet train service,linking Beijing to the southern commercial hub of Guangzhou was officially launched recently.

Travelling at speeds of 300 kilometres an hour ... the bullet train is expected to cover the 2 thousand 298 kilometre route in less than 10 hours.

The project signals that China has not given up on its rail ambitions despite major setbacks.

Kanaha Sabapathy from Radio Australia asks Dr Pradeep Taneja from Melbourne University why the project is controversial.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 05 January 2013 14:23 )

Demand for Match-Making on the Rise in China

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Download I-Research, a Chinese market research company, estimates that the number of single Chinese net users over the age of 18 is to reach nearly 200 million in 2015.

The country’s rapid economic development is affecting the way people find a soul mate.

Values are changing but family pressure to get married remains intense, so many look for external help – both online and offline.

Parents continue to gather in parks to match their children, but online match-making services and TV dating shows are becoming more and more popular and lucrative.

As Lam Li reports from Beijing, marriage is no longer a personal business in China.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 15 December 2012 15:12 )
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