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China State TV Celebrates New Year – with Racism

Expand Screenshot of a segment from the 2018 CCTV Spring Festival Gala.  © 2018 Human Rights Watch Every Lunar New Year’s Eve, hundreds of millions of people across China gather around their televisions to watch the Spring Festive Gala on CCTV, the state broadcaster. In recent years people have criticized the show for its sexism: in the 2015 gala, for instance, a sketch depicted unmarried women over 30 as unwanted second-hand goods. And a sketch in the 2017 gala extolled the virtues of women who embrace “traditional roles.” Today, many Chinese viewers are outraged about a different kind of…

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