June Cheng

June is the East Asia correspondent for WORLD Magazine. Follow June on Twitter @JuneCheng_World.

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'Joy like a bird'

China | An earthquake victim in China lost her legs but found Christ, a loyal husband, and the ability to inspire a nation as a dancer
by June Cheng
Posted 10/16/15, 01:00 am

Liao Zhi, 29, craned her neck in the dance studio to watch as a group of Shanghai women in long dresses rhythmically stomped their heeled feet on the 12-count, following the instructions of the flamenco dance instructor. Subconsciously, the petite Liao found herself following along, turning to her husband Charles Wang to note that this was just the class she was looking for.

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Congressional commission blasts China's human rights record

China
by June Cheng
Posted 10/09/15, 10:40 am

Lawyer Wang Yu, 44, always knew her role in some of the highest-profile human rights cases in China came with big risks: “One might disappear, be sent to a mental hospital or detention center. This could happen anytime,” Yu said in a segment of the documentary The Road from Hainan released by The Guardian. She’s defended Falun Gong practitioners, a Uighur professor, and middle school girls who had allegedly been sexually assaulted by their principal—all sensitive topics to the Chinese government.

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In China, a devastating choice between abortion and unemployment

Abortion
by June Cheng
Posted 9/09/15, 11:00 am

It started when a mother who was eight months pregnant posted on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like social media platform, that she felt pressured to abort her baby or else her husband would lose his job as a police officer. The baby is the couple’s second child and falls outside of the one-child policy.

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