For China’s Weary Grandparents, Two Kids Mean Double the Trouble


SHANGHAI — Some afternoons, when Liu Xiumei is sitting alone in her daughter’s apartment, idly flicking between TV channels, she wonders what her life would be like if she hadn’t agreed to care for her grandchildren. “Maybe I’d be traveling around China with my husband,” the 55-year-old tells Sixth Tone. “I’d still be running my... Continue Reading →

Shanghai Touts Community Integration as Model for Elder Care


SHANGHAI — Prior to this year’s Double Ninth Festival on Sunday, when China honors its elderly, over 80 seniors moved into Shanghai’s largest community-based elder care center. With an emphasis on integration rather than isolation, the facility is a model for the city’s approach to elder care, local authorities said Tuesday. Seniors exercise at a... Continue Reading →

As China’s Schools Reopen, LGBT Families Feel Pride — and Prejudice


Before his son started school last year, Su Ge spent weeks researching kindergarten options in the eastern city of Nanjing. After much deliberation, he selected the most expensive one. He believed it was perfect for his son — a surrogate child raised by two gay men. Compared with the other choices, Su says teachers in this private... Continue Reading →

In Rural China, Schools Tackle a New Subject: Sex Ed


Secondary school English teacher Bao Tiantian recalls feeling baffled when her principal asked her to attend a sex education training course. “I’d never heard that sex required education,” the 37-year-old tells Sixth Tone. Bao is from Kang County — a rural region in China’s northwestern Gansu province, where talk about sex remains firmly taboo. When... Continue Reading →

The Stress Test: Waiting for ‘Gaokao’


Zoey Liu, a senior student at a top-notch high school in Beijing, didn’t think COVID-19 would flare up again. The fact that it’s reappeared less than a month before the gaokao, China’s grueling college entrance examination, has only made matters worse. “I didn’t take it seriously when I heard about the first new case and thought... Continue Reading →

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