Ed­u­ca­tion Gi­ant Sparks Con­tro­versy

Guang­ming Daily Novem­ber 20

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Yu Min­hong, founder of the English­language train­ing in­sti­tu­tion New Ori­en­tal, re­cently prompted con­tro­versy on­line for claim­ing in a speech that the de­prav­ity of Chi­nese women has led to the de­prav­ity of Chi­nese men and thereby the whole coun­try. Yu claimed to­day’s women pre­fer men who make a lot of money, driv­ing Chi­nese men to be­come morally cor­rupt in a bid to in­crease their wealth.

Yu’s re­marks have sev­eral il­log­i­cal er­rors. First, the pre­con­di­tion of Yu’s argu- ment that Chi­nese women are de­praved is ground­less. The rate of Chi­nese women’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in la­bor has re­mained at a high level, while women ac­count for 52 per­cent of uni­ver­sity grad­u­ates as of 2018, in­di­cat­ing that Chi­nese women are work­ing harder than ever rather than re­ly­ing on men to sup­port them.

Sec­ond, in Yu’s eyes, a woman’s choice of hus­band can de­ter­mine a coun­try’s des­tiny. But a man’s path is not dic­tated by women but by them­selves. They are there­fore in con­trol of their own des­tiny.

Lastly, Yu’s as­sump­tion that a man ca­pa­ble of mak­ing money is au­to­mat­i­cally morally cor­rupt is also highly ques­tion­able. Posses­sion of wealth doesn’t equal im­moral­ity. Suc­cess­ful en­trepreneurs should be re­spected as long as their wealth has been ac­quired through le­gal chan­nels.

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