Civic Engagement

The Emergence of Subversive Charities in China

A new type of charity has emerged in China that is able to sidestep some of the controls that the government places on NGOs. By basing themselves on the Internet, these new charities can more easily engage Chinese citizens, raise funds, and tackle politically sensitive issues.

China has undergone dramatic and largely positive changes in the last three decades, including profound economic expansion, wealth accumulation, and global connectivity. The Chinese government’s economic growth model, with its focus on attracting foreign technology, building infrastructure, and encouraging exports, has received much of the credit. But the changes in China have come with attending social problems that the government has either failed to put on the agenda or struggled to...

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