ecently, the Chinese internet got itself all worked up over a young woman being appointed as the deputy mayor of a major Fujian city, though it’s now been revealed that she won’t be sticking around for long.
On Tuesday, the municipal people’s congress of the city of Fuqing appointed Peking University PhD candidate Yuan Lin as the city’s deputy mayor, an extremely unusual choice considering that Yuan is only 28 years old.
While she has an impressive academic resume, including a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Rice University in Houston, Texas, many net users criticized the selection, noting that Yuan has a mere two years of work experience, leaving her unsuited to helping to manage a city of 1.3 million.
Still, others hailed the choice as a positive sign for the future of China, a country which has been ruled predominantly by old men. Last year’s Party Congress saw the selection of a new Communist Party Central Committee with only 10 of the 204 members being women. There has never been a woman on the Politburo Standing Committee, China’s top political body.
However, don’t forecast Yuan for a seat on the Politburo just yet. Following Tuesday’s announcement, local officials have since clarified that Yuan’s appointment as deputy mayor is only a temporary one, part of a 10-month-long program run in partnership with Peking University.