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Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 19:30

Marriage, Family and Sexuality: How Have Traditional Values Changed in China?

Didi Kirsten Tatlow, Correspondent, International New York Times

Susie Jolly, Program Officer, Ford Foundation




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For decades now, Chinese people have experienced rapid social and economic changes. While strong cultural codes are still very much in effect, these social and economic changes have had a significant impact on some of the most important and fascinating aspects of life. Didi Kirsten Tatlow from New York Times and Susie Jolly from Ford Foundation will lead us through these changes to explain where things stand with sexuality, marriage and family in China today.

Didi Kirsten Tatlow is a correspondent in China for the International New York Times, and the mother of two children. She was born in Hong Kong of Irish-German-Swedish parents and has worked in both Asia and Europe for media that include The Associated Press, South China Morning Post, Die Welt and Deutsche Welle. She speaks English, German and Mandarin, as well as rusty Cantonese and French. When she is in Asia she misses Europe, but not as much as she misses Asia when she is in Europe, and she thinks this is largely because Asian food is so very good.

Susie Jolly works on issues of sexuality and reproductive health education in the Ford Foundation's Beijing office. Her grant making supports the integration of gender, sexuality and reproductive health education in schools, universities, communities and through online media.

Before joining the Ford Foundation in 2010, Susie founded and convened the Sexuality and Development Program in the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex. She earlier served as communications officer in the IDS gender information unit, BRIDGE, from 2000 to 2006. From 1994 to 1998, Susie lived in Beijing, working on poverty reduction for the United Nations Development Programme.

Susie was awarded an MPhil in development studies, with distinction, at IDS in 2000. She earned her undergraduate degree at Oxford University and undertook further study at China Women's University in Beijing. She has published widely on gender, sexuality and development.