Will #MeToo spread in China?

Source: BBC News

By Gwyneth Ho & Grace Tsoi

On New Year’s Day, China finally had its own #MeToo moment.

Luo Xixi, an academic with a PhD from the prestigious Beihang University in Beijing, said she was sexually harassed by one of her professors when she was studying there 12 years ago.

She recounted her experience on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, and said she was still haunted by the experience. Her post gained more than three million views within a day, triggering a heated debate online about sexual harassment.

Shortly afterwards, Beihang University announced that the professor in question had been suspended from his duties, and that an investigation was under way. The professor has denied the allegations.

Ms Luo, who now lives in the US, told the BBC that the #MeToo movement had given her “a lot of courage”.

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