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China's business drinking culture spurs #MeToo moment

Forced imbibing is often used as a test of obedience or an excuse to grope women

Supporters hold #MeToo and other signs outside a court before singer Zhou Xiaoxuan, also known by her online name Xianzi, arrives for a sexual harassment case involving a Chinese state TV host, in Beijing on December 2, 2020.   © Reuters

NEW YORK/ PALO ALTO -- Peggy from Shanghai remembers well an academic convention she attended during her college years. It wasn't the moving speech by an executive from a well-known public company, but what happened later over dinner.

The businessman turned to Peggy and asked her to drink, but she refused saying she was sick. "He immediately pulled a long face and seemed angry, as if I did something really bad," Peggy, now a finance professional in her mid-20s, told Nikkei Asia. "Another executive said, 'How could you be like this?' and said things like I don't know how to socialize."

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