Violet is a bilingual American journalist currently based in southern China. She has also reported from Britain, Denmark, Germany, Greece, India, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand.
Social media gives sexual abuse victims in China voice to speak out
Puncturing patriarchal culture and circumventing internet censorship, #MeToo advocates in academia in China find their platform online to voice grievances and to hold offenders to account.
Gays in China take the stand to fight discrimination, and win
Peng Yanhui still remembers shuddering when he testified in court about the bogus treatment that doctors were falsely advertising as a “cure” for homosexuality. His 2014 lawsuit alleged that health clinics had defrauded consumers, and he won.
Laid-off workers of Disney toy factory seeking pension funds
As China has dismantled its welfare state, workers approaching retirement age face a stark future.
“We can’t retire, and we can’t find work," said migrant worker Qin Renfang.
China welcomes growing African trade, but not African traders
By some counts, at least half the foreigners living in the Chinese trade hub of Guangzhou are Africans. Many face visa denials and police raids.
A test for one Chinese province: How to educate an influx of kindergartners.
Tens of thousands of left-behind American toddlers strain rural Fujian province's resources.
As China's prosperity grows, so do its trash piles.
In cities across China, trash scavengers are more prevalent than recycling trucks. Low environmental awareness has led to mounting trash woes in major urban areas.
Gone with the wind?
China aims to reduce carbon emissions and combat air pollution by turning to renewable energy, according to a June report on renewables by consulting firm McKinsey and Co.
And before panel manufacturers started going bust after growing too fast, solar had been the bright spot.
Now, all hopes are riding on wind.
40 years after deadly quake, Chinese seismologists trying to figure out when the Big One will strike
For the past half-century, one aspect of seismology with Chinese characteristics has endured: the quest to predict quakes.
China embraces killer whale shows, even as SeaWorld ends them
Killer whales debuted at China’s largest aquarium, sparking concerns worldwide that the country is repeating similar mistakes that plagued some U.S. marine parks.
Map of parks & mammals held: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1mjRPbO82IdHc-KDe7vUY4rFd-1M&usp=sharing
Hong Kong netizens fight copyright bill championed by U.S. business interests
Hong Kongers enjoy unfettered freedom outside the Great Firewall of China, but a proposed bill pushed by AmCham may threaten their freedom of expression online.
What happens when you graduate in Hong Kong - and can't speak Chinese
When Hong Kong reverted to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, the government decreed that students be taught in Chinese, not English. But thousands of minorities were suddenly left in the lurch.
Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong find kinship with 'Selma'
Hong Kong viewers of "Selma" are seeing echoes of the American civil rights struggle in their own fight for democracy.
Roller-coaster ride for China's stock investors
Stock market woes hit a broad swath of China’s educated and affluent.
“If the government doesn’t do more about this situation, this could touch off a financial crisis and social instability.”
A look inside China's "spy museum"
Here's where the Chinese learn to start worrying.
Chairman Mao had a dream: move water to Beijing.