(Candidates preparing to take the Chinese civil service examinations in Hefei, Anhui Province.Credit Photo by Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)
Want to work as an assistant science educator at the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, a civil service position? You must be “normal size,” according to a website for government jobs in Shanghai. That means a height of 160 to 175 centimeters (5-foot-3 to 5-foot-9) for women and 170 to 185 centimeters (5-foot-7 to 6 feet) for men.
How about working at the Shanghai Publications Management Center, also a government job? You must be male, under 35 and married, according to the website of the Shanghai Professional Testing Authority, which administers the civil service exams and posts openings. This month, it offered 1,824 jobs — each with requisites such as height, age, the location of a person’s “hukou,” or residency permit, and gender. Some of these “qualifications” were hidden in a last column, labeled “Other.” (New York Times)