Chinese filmmaker Sun Shuyun asks what Chairman Mao did for Chinese women? Their legal status over the last century has changed from feudal submission to equality with men, yet despite this, some of the old prejudices still hold firm.
Did you know that if you put a looking glass in front of a dolphin, it’ll twist and turn to look at itself? This is just one example of self recognition that American cognitive psychologist Diana Reiss is investigating. She believes we seriously underestimate the mental sophistication of other big brained mammals.
And why are comics widely considered to be second class literature? Graphics historian and curator Paul Gravett shows how comics have proved unusually effective at seizing the imagination and transmitting radical ideas.
For images of Paul's comic books: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bbcworldservice/sets/72157622893507401/
THE FORUM GALLERY
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60 SECOND IDEA TO CHANGE THE WORLD
In our 60 Second Idea To Change The World, Paul Gravett believes politicians should swap media training for drawing classes. At international conventions, such as the Copenhagen Climate Change conference, they should be required to sum up their proposals in a series of images instead of producing thousands of ambiguous words.Listen to this idea...
Chinese palm-sized comic booklet
"Heroine Huang XiuYing" - a 2004 reprint of a lianhuanhua palm-sized comic booklet from 1956
IN NEXT WEEK'S PROGRAMME
A special end of year programme about translation: How do we transfer ideas from one realm into another? What is lost and what is gained? A poet, an astrophysicist and an architectural historian give their views.