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China trying to pull back on gift-giving

China trying to pull back on gift-giving

BEIJING — If you want a full-time teaching job, but you're stuck in a temporary gig without health benefits, Luo Chunlei advises that you buy the school principal a box of mooncakes and follow up with an envelope of dough.

Having an operation? Better slip the surgeon some cash. And don't forget the anesthesiologist.

"I'm absolutely disgusted by it, but this is how our system works," said Luo, a 32-year-old math teacher turned activist who is campaigning against what he sees as Chinese society's pervasive culture of corruption.

Gift-giving has long been a staple of Chinese life, but the means and expectations are increasingly colliding with more modern...

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