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To improve the current conditions of China's sex education, and increase the comprehensiveness and scientificity of supplementary textbooks on sex education, the Aibai Cultural and Education Centre has spent two years coordinating its translators to work on The Human Sexuality, a book on sex education popular among the American colleges, and the book has just been published in China under the name Ren Shi Xing Xue (Chinese translation of The Human Sexuality). To promote this book, Aibai had successfully invited two authors of the book to visit China from 11th to 23rd August 2012 when Dr. William L. Yarber and Dr. Barbara W. Sayad, two well known experts on sex education in the U.S, subsequently delivered a series of lessons and conducted communicational activities in Beijing and Kunming and exhorted positive influence. The Embassy of the Netherlands in China provided part of the funding for these activities.

The Human Sexuality is a college textbook co-authored by several American scholars who have conducted studies on sexuality education for many years. This book gives a full introduction on sexuality through sexual necessity, biological and psychological perspectives, sex roles, sexuality and popular culture and sexual difference, and has been published to its seventh edition in the U.S. The Chinese translation of this book has also been published in September 2012 by the World Publishing Corporation.

  1. On the afternoon of 11th August, 2012, as special guests at the Beijing American Centre, both authors and Liu Wenli, a teacher from Beijing Normal University, had dialogues concerning the history, current situation and challenges of sexual education in both countries. This event was attended by an audience of about 70 and covered by the Beijing News (http://www.bjnews.com.cn/ent/2012/08/14/216681.html).
  2. On the afternoon of 12th August, 2012, at the Beijing office of Aibai, about 50 people including both authors, volunteers who participated in the translation and the coordinative work during the translation of this book, guests from the publication and NGOs, etc, attended the celebration party for the publication of the Chinese translation of The Human Sexuality. Authors and translators as well as the people from the publisher shared their experience during the publication process of this book.
  3. On the afternoon of 14th August, 2012, both authors participated in a training session for sexual counselor trainees at normal schools in Yunnan province, an event sponsored by UNESCO and partially supported by the Aibai Cultural and Education Centre, and they communicated with 20 or so teachers working in sexual education and shared with them their experience of sexual education in the U.S. This has not only helped expanding those teachers' knowledge of sexual education but also taught them how to become a qualified practitioner in sexual education.
  4. On 15th August 2012, accompanied by the Aibai team, both authors attended the 5th Colloquium and International Forum on National Sexual Health Education in Kunming, where they also delivered a speech titled Sexuality Education for Youth in the U.S.: Conflict Content, Research, and Recommendation. About three hundred attended the colloquium. In the evening, about 70 practitioners working in sex education attended the publicity campaign for the book Ren Shi Xing Xue, where both authors also gave speech on the topic Sex Education for Youth in the U.S., and answered the audience's questions on many issues of sex education, safe sex and how to treat sexual minorities, etc.
  5. On the evening of 23rd August, 2012, both authors, Dr. Huang Yingying from Peking Renmin University and Zheng Yuantao the translator, all as special guests, attended the Love and Sex Talks on Magpie Night, an event sponsored by Hou Lang Publication at the Trends Lounge book store, where they also answered various questions on sex. This event was covered by ifeng.com (http://book.ifeng.com/yeneizixun/detail_2012_08/27/17121888_0.shtml).
  6. Immediately after the publication of the book, Aibai sent out 200 free copies of Ren Shi Xing Xue as presents to educational organizations, scholars, teachers, NGOs and NGO personnel. According to the collected feedbacks, these books will be used by many teachers as reference for teaching. We have already known that Mr. Wei Wei at East China Normal University will use this book as the textbook for his Sociology of Sex during the first semester in academic year 2012-2013.
  7. Besides these media reports listed above, the Beijing Youth and the China Business News also gave coverage (http://www.yicai.com/news/2012/09/2069896.html). Other media groups also made recommendations on their micro-blogs and websites, including guokr.com, zgxkx.org (Zhong Guo Xing Ke Xue: China Sexology Science) and fmtz.net (a Chinese Radio service for LGBT groups).

Special thanks to all Aibai team members who participated in the publicity activities: Jiang Hui, Yang Pai, Plateau, Tiger, Shi Qiao, John, Shun Yuan, Yuan Tao, Jiang Hua, Liping Mian, Tong Tong, Cecilia, Casper, etc. They provided the above listed activities with various services including communication, organization, coordination, hosting, translation, video editing, etc, which ensured the smooth unfolding and positive outcomes of these activities.

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The Organizers

  • Aibai Culture & Education Center
  • Aibai Culture & Education Center is a non-profit organization based in China, which was established in 1999. Its mission is to promote equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities through three key strategies: strengthening community alliance; public advocacy; and medical services and care to people living with HIV. Currently, Aibai has branches in Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai and has volunteers throughout China and overseas. If you want to know more about Aibai, please visit its website at: www.aibai.com. Or please contact Aibai via email at: contact@aibai.org.