Jemimah Steinfeld
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Jemimah is a self-confessed Sinophile, feminist and history junky who has lived in Beijing and Shanghai and is now in London. On top of reporting news, Jemimah can be found writing for various international publications on social, historical and cultural issues.

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North Korea: A Reader's Guide

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 6:02 AM

To the outside world North Korea is a mystery. Media portrayals trot out old clichés of the country as a Bondesque axis of evil that might have hydrogen bombs, while internet memes fixate on what Kim Jong-un is looking at. As for foreigners who visit, they're usually paraded...

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Is This China's Bravest Writer?

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 12:34 PM

Murong Xuecun, nom de plume of Chinese writer Hao Qun, isn't afraid of controversy. Following the arrest of several friends who were commemorating 25 years since the Tiananmen Square crackdown, at which his own speech was read aloud, he wrote an op-ed in the New York Times asking...

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UK Literature Needs to Get Its Swag Back By Appreciating Diversity

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 10:50 AM

It might be 2015, but the current state of book publishing looks like a throwback to Jane Austen. According to the Writing the Future report, recently commissioned by writer development agency Spread the Word and backed by a number of publishing heavyweights, the number of BAME agents and...

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The Continued Detention of the Chinese Feminist Activists Is a Turning Point - For Better or Worse

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 7:15 AM

International Women's Day 2015 should have been a positive occasion in China. The day is a big deal in the country; women are awarded time off work and given gifts by their employees. This year also marks 20 years since 189 countries adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action,...

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No, Chinese Women Don't All Want British Men

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 9:11 AM

The men of Tube Crush, a British site featuring images of attractive men secretly photographed on the London Underground, were surprised this week to discover that they're a big hit in China. On Sina Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, images of 'British Gentleman' are being liked...

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Northern Ireland Quietly Opens Heart to Mixed Relationships

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 6:08 AM

"This is off the record right? Before this conversation goes any further I need to know my name isn't going to appear anywhere." Thus speaks a Catholic woman from Northern Ireland upon being asked questions about her 35-year marriage to a Protestant.

We carry on talking under the promise of...

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Foreign Flavours, British Farms: The Future for UK Agribusiness?

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 6:49 AM

On the surface, the past few years have been a foodie's nightmare in the UK. A growing awareness of environmental issues, coupled with high-profile food scandals (remember those horse burgers?), have increased consumer concerns of mass-produced and imported goods. This, just as our palates have become accustomed to flavours from...

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Does Interfaith Pave Way For More Integrated UK?

(2) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 6:30 AM

One positive story to come out of the tragedy of Woolwich in May took place at the East London mosque, in Tower Hamlets, when leaders of the Christian, Jewish and Buddhist faiths joined approximately 6,000 Muslims for Friday prayers. It was a shining example of interfaith, but it...

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Women's Personal Lives Are Just That - Personal

(2) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 7:53 AM

Over the past few weeks two related debates have emerged (or re-emerged, to be precise). The first was sparked by Jean Twenge's article about fertility. Writing in The Atlantic, Twenge highlighted how studies claiming older women will find it harder to conceive have been exaggerated. Following on the...

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In UK, Chinese Whispers Need to Become Shouts

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 12:38 PM

With the recent staging of Yellow Face at London's Park Theatre this summer, a spotlight was cast on the Chinese community in the UK. Yet beyond that - and indeed beyond the numerous Chinese restaurants filling every town - the Chinese community remains largely hidden from our public...

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Stop Criticising 'Girls'; Start Criticising Yourself

(2) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 4:09 AM

By now many of you have probably watched the first two episodes of HBO's hit series Girls, which premiered on Sky Atlantic last night. By now many of you have therefore probably joined the debate about how socially revolutionary the show is. While I do not wish to dwell on...

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The Not Beijing Olympic Games: Messages of Unity and Division From China

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 11:33 AM

The Olympic Games might not be in Beijing this time round, but there is still an atmosphere of competition in China's capital. In the lead up, the main question centred on why Londoners didn't seem as excited about the games as Beijingers were back in 2008. As a Londoner living...

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People in China Get Hot About Women's Hemlines

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 11:24 AM

The length of a woman's skirt has become a battleground in China of late, with people slinging opinions on both sides of the knee.

Last month Shanghai Metro asked women to don more clothes when taking the subway. In a post on Sina Weibo, China's biggest microblogging...

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Harvard Researchers Say: 'Chinese People are Individually Free but Collectively in Chains'

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 7:40 AM

When graphic photos emerged last week of a woman lying next to her bloody aborted baby, the event alone was sadly not unique in the history of China's one child policy. The scale of the online public debate that ensued was though. Nationwide chatter...

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Can Chinese Football Tackle The World?

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 11:46 PM

"Oh you're British - Manchester United, David Beckham!" gushes a local Beijing cabbie upon
discovering his passenger is from the UK. The comment is remarkably common, alongside
references to the Olympics and the Queen. The Chinese love football. They even claim the
sport was invented in their...

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