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China's Spring Cleaning: Getting Rid Of Illegal Foreigners


BEIJING - The Beijing Police have just announced a "Hundred Days Special Action" from May 15th to the end of August, aiming to "clean up" the foreigners who have entered, stayed, and worked in the capital illegally.

This action includes conducting a census of various communities, assaulting various key sites, and adopting a more vigorous review of entry visa applications. The police have also designated a contact phone number and encourage the public to report foreigners who are suspect.

According to Xinhua News, thanks to the economic boom, Beijing has attracted more and more foreigners in recent years. There are about 200,000 foreigners in the capital.

Although many are expatriates, some are foreign criminals looking for opportunities. According to Beijing Police data, the "triple-non" category of persons - referring to foreigners who have entered, stayed or worked legally – is made up mostly of criminals. Most such foreigners have no source of income, no stable residence, nor any proper occupation. Some even set out to come to China right from the start to engage in illegal activities.

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New Study Finds High Levels Of Anti-LGBTQ+ Discrimination In Buddhism

We tend to think of Buddhism as a religion devoid of commandments, and therefore generally more accepting than others. The author, an Australian researcher — and "genderqueer, non-binary Buddhist" themself — suggests that it is far from being the case.

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Some Buddhist spaces can be highly heteronormative and show lack of understanding toward the LGBTQ+ community

Stephen Kerry

More than half of Australia’s LGBTQIA+ Buddhists feel reluctant to “come out” to their Buddhist communities and nearly one in six have been told directly that being LGBTQIA+ isn’t in keeping with the Buddha’s teachings.

These are some of the findings from my research looking at the experiences of LGBTQIA+ Buddhists in Australia.

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I’m a genderqueer, non-binary Buddhist myself and I was curious about others’ experiences in Australia since there has been no research done on our community before. So, in 2020, I surveyed 82 LGBTQIA+ Buddhists and have since followed this up with 29 face-to-face interviews.

Some people may think Buddhism would be quite accepting of LGBTQIA+ people. There are, after all, no religious laws, commandments or punishments in Buddhism. My research indicates, however, this is not always true.

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