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Inside China's sex industry : a conversation with Zhang Lijia

Hosted by the Consul of the Brussels Chinese Language and Culture Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Wed 14 Nov 19:00 - 21:00

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"Inside China's sex industry: a conversation with Zhang Lijia" (Wed, Nov 14)
YCW will host Zhang Lijia, author of the novel Lotus and journalist

Wednesday, November 14, Protected content , 19:00

[18:30] Doors Open [19:00] Event Begins

Zhang Lijia looks deeply into China's massive underground sex industry. During the talk, she will explain how she gained insight into the prostitution business which she describes in Lotus, a novel inspired by her grandma who was a former prostitute. Lotus tells the story of a young migrant-worker-turned-prostitute as she carves out a life for herself in Shenzhen, China’s ‘City of Sins’.

In addition to some fascinating and colorful anecdotes, Lijia will discuss China's deeply-flawed current legal system tasked with managing social problems such as ‘custody and education’, similar to the notorious ‘laogai’; how working girls are often brutally treated; the broad social issues that have led to the spectacular rise of China’s sex industry and the growing gender inequality in the reform era.

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