Introducing the Topic

  • Xiaoyu Yuan
Part of the Springer Series on Asian Criminology and Criminal Justice Research book series (SSACCJR)


Twenty years ago, the story of Qiuju appeared on screen, attracting attention and interpretation from critical scholars and an entertainment-seeking audience. The basic storyline goes like this: A village chief kicks a man so severely that he is left unable to work. The man’s wife, Qiuju, is upset by the act, as well as the attitude of the village chief. She first seeks mediation from the local police officer, who asks the village chief to pay 200 yuan in compensation. However, when Qiuju goes to the village chief, he throws the notes on the ground and refuses to apologize. Qiuju then goes to the county, and the verdict from the district police is that the village chief must pay 250 yuan. Nevertheless, the latter still refuses to apologize. Finally, Qiuju goes to the city and finds a lawyer who helps her to initiate a lawsuit. The court determines that the decision made by the district is correct, and the fine remains at 250 yuan. Qiuju is still unhappy and makes another appeal to a higher level. As part of the lawsuit, Qiuju’s husband is X-rayed.


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  • Xiaoyu Yuan
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  1. 1.School of Criminal JusticeShanghai University of Political Science and LawShanghaiChina

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