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lesson 38

Many fear New Year's Eve parties





A New Year party held by in January 2010.
A New Year party held by in January 2010. [ photo] 

《中 国青年报》上周发布的一项调查显示,66.4%的受访者表示自己患上了“年会恐惧症”。有2184人参与了此次调查。51.3%的人认为,最大的困扰来自 “节目很花精力”。多达86.4%的人愿意参加公司的年会,但40.7%的人仅仅希望当观众。30.7%的人则是“被迫表演节目”。


据《法制晚报》消息,一名42岁的男保安,因“强奸”一名18岁的男同事,被法院判 处有期徒刑1年,这是国内法院首次对强奸男性者追究刑事责任。北京朝阳区法院对此案以故意伤害罪定性。法律专家指出,此案标志我国司法体系的一大进步,但 我国在处理同性性侵犯案件方面的力度仍远远不够。







Many fear New Year's Eve parties

66.4 percent of people say they have a year-end party phobia, according to a survey published last week by the China Youth Daily. The survey polled 2,184 people. The biggest concern for 51.3 percent was that the party requires a lot of effort. Up to 86.4 percent are willing to actively participate in the party, while 40.7 percent only want to attend, and 30.7 percent are forced to perform.

Man convicted of raping another man

A 42-year-old man working as a security guard has been convicted of raping an 18-year-old male colleague and sentenced to one year in prison. This marks the first time in China that a man has been convicted of raping another man, the Legal Evening News reports. The court in Beijing condemned the man of wilful and malicious injury. A legal expert says the ruling represents progress in the legal system, but China still lags behind in the prosecution of gay assaults.

Railway tickets sold online

Chengdu's railway authorities will allow passengers to buy tickets online during the Spring Festival peak travel season, the West China Cosmopolitan Daily reports. Passengers will also be able to buy tickets with prepaid cards. But like last year, travelers will have to provide proof of identity.

Insurers invest big in real estate

Chinese insurance companies have invested nearly 500 billion yuan in real estate since the China Insurance Regulatory Commission lifted a ban in September 2010, an insurance insider told China Economic Weekly.

Mainland students at Taiwan colleges

The first group of Chinese mainland students will attend Taiwan universities from September 2011, the Central News Agency of Taiwan reported. The mainland students will not get student grants, won't be eligible for part-time or full-time jobs while studying and be required to leave Taiwan within a certain time after graduation.