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September 25, 2003 | Randy Harvey
The Chinese women's team is practicing, divided into perfect rows, performing wu shu, tai chi and various soccer drills in unison, each player stone-faced, committed. It's for an Adidas commercial, but, for the Chinese, it's no act. The rhythmic thumping of soccer balls can be heard in the apartments above, waking United States midfielder Aly Wagner. She rousts several teammates out of bed.
Two outstanding questions loomed at the opening of the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women that concludes here today: The first was whether the international women's movement could maintain the consensus on reproductive health and a woman's sovereignty over her own body that was achieved last year at the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development.
August 22, 2008 | Diane Pucin and Barbara Demick, Times Staff Writers
The International Olympic Committee today asked the international gymnastics federation to reexamine whether gold-medal-winning gymnast He Kexin and two of her teammates were too young to compete in the Beijing Games. "You shouldn't regard this as a formal investigation, but we have asked the international gymnastics federation to look into a number of questions and discrepancies on these cases," IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies said. "We have been working with the [Chinese] national federation to really have a full clarification on this topic.
April 11, 2012 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - Each plot twist roils Chinese politics a little more. What began with the political purge of Communist Party heavyweight Bo Xilai has rippled into allegations of murder against his wife, turning a power struggle within an opaque leadership clique into the most public scandal in China in decades. But the chances of it having the potency to alter China's political and economic path appear slim. Until their sudden fall, Bo, 62, and wife Gu Kailai, 53, were a telegenic power couple frequently described as "Kennedyesque," dominating politics and business in the massive metropolis of Chongqing.
National politics had its so-called "Year of the Woman" in 1992. Now much of the media has designated that as the theme for the 1996 Olympics. The women of summer were the subject of cover stories in Newsweek and the New York Times Sunday Magazine and have been featured in numerous other publications. If they are referring to quantity, they have a point. Of the 10,361 athletes expected to compete here in the 16 days between July 20 and Aug. 4, a record 3,779 are women.
April 23, 2006 | Evan Osnos, Chicago Tribune
The ad on a popular Chinese website left nothing to chance: "Seeking girlfriend: born 1979 or later; education no less than high school, no more than a master's; no shyness; no severe near-sightedness; height over 162 cm, under 175 cm." In the avalanche of changes in China today, none perhaps is more personal and universal than the revolution in romance.
September 2, 2011 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
By Chinese standards, Chu Yang and Geng Chen should have had a child years ago. The married couple in their early 30s are always reminded of that by family when they return home for the spring festival holidays. "They say we're too different and that we're weird and pathetic," said Chu, who runs a trendy boutique with his wife in an aging section of Beijing filled with classical courtyard homes. But Yang and Chen have their reasons. They point to uncertainties that have accompanied China's breakneck development, including a string of food safety scandals and a deadly crash on one of the nation's showcase high-speed rail lines.
Shen Huiqin, 41, sits idly in a storefront clothing stall, chatting with a friend about the good old days when they were young women at the forefront of China's Cultural Revolution two decades ago. "I was a Red Guard then, and we had power. I led political demonstrations, and my words meant as much as a man's, sometimes more," she says.
November 22, 2000
A woman who was purportedly being deported to Beijing fell or jumped from a jetway at Los Angeles International Airport, an airport official said. The woman was taken to UCLA Medical Center after the incident Monday, said Nancy Castles, an airport spokeswoman. The jump or fall occurred from a 30-foot-high jetway that was going to be hooked up to a China Eastern Airlines plane bound for Beijing, she said. The plane took off for Beijing as planned at 1 p.m. without the woman on board.
July 25, 1996 | From Times Wire Services
Uganda's Nadunga Kyakobye drew the short straw in Olympic table tennis, becoming the first woman to face the brutal power of Chinese world singles champion Deng Yaping. Kyakobye is the current world champion in both women's singles and doubles and the 1992 gold medalist at Barcelona. With her trademark fast start, Deng stormed to an 8-0 lead in the first game. She took the match handily, 21-4, 21-8.
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