An associate professor at East China University of Political Science and Law has advocated for polygamy, suggesting that “teachers at Chinese colleges and universities should be given ‘special treatment’ in marriage and as well as lifelong allowances,” according to the South China Morning Post. Bao Yinan was suspended after his comments, which he’d made on a social-media platform for friends, were leaked. Maybe that should be “friends.”
We don’t know for certain whether Ziona Chana, of the village of Baktawng, in India, ever taught at a Chinese university—it seems unlikely—but he and Bao Yinan were philosophically on the same page. Chana, who just died at 75, is survived by 39 wives, 94 children, and 33 grandchildren. “Chana belonged to a sect created by his grandfather which allowed polygamy for men,” according to The Times of London. “He married his first wife, Zathiangi, when he was 17. She still runs the show as the ‘head wife’. Then he married another woman, and then another. In one year he married ten times.” Bedroom arrangements chez Chana were on a rotating basis.