‘Group-Buying’ Becomes a Lifeline for Hungry Shanghai Residents


SHANGHAI — In the hours before her building went into lockdown on April 1, Ye Qiwei did the same thing as millions of others in Shanghai: She placed a huge grocery order via a delivery app. The 33-year-old spent nearly 500 yuan ($80) on fruit, vegetables, and meat — far more than she’d need, she assumed, as the government said the lockdown would only last … Continue reading ‘Group-Buying’ Becomes a Lifeline for Hungry Shanghai Residents

From Patriarch to Peppa Pig: China’s New, Softer Generation of Dads


He Jun still finds it awkward when people ask him what he does for work. After he answers, their first reaction is usually to assume he must be rich. Then, when they realize that’s not the case, the mood shifts. “They say they admire me, but I think they start to look at me differently,” He tells Sixth Tone. “After all, society doesn’t approve of … Continue reading From Patriarch to Peppa Pig: China’s New, Softer Generation of Dads

On Chinese Dating Shows, the Stars Are Old, Single, and Ready to Mingle


Inside a colorfully lit TV studio, a middle-aged woman dressed in a tight-fitting silk dress is trying to convince an older man to loosen up. “Can we hold hands and hug right now?” she asks, stepping toward him. The man, a 60-something wearing a traditional Tang jacket, looks visibly shocked by how forward she’s being. “Holding hands is fine,” he replies awkwardly. But the woman … Continue reading On Chinese Dating Shows, the Stars Are Old, Single, and Ready to Mingle

Many Chinese Are Missing Another Spring Festival Reunion


SHANGHAI — There’s a saying in China that people always return home for the Spring Festival, no matter the distance. But the pandemic has changed that for many who had no choice but to cancel plans to reunite with their family for the third year in a row. With hundreds of millions of people crisscrossing the country during the peak travel season, authorities are concerned about … Continue reading Many Chinese Are Missing Another Spring Festival Reunion

China’s Elderly Have a New Obsession: Video Games


Old Man Yang can barely contain his excitement as he tries out the racing video game Gran Turismo Sport. The 86-year-old has hooked up a steering wheel and set of pedals to his PlayStation 5, and is now fighting to keep a Volkswagen sedan from swerving off the track. As the car lurches toward the barriers, his entire body sways from side to side. “This … Continue reading China’s Elderly Have a New Obsession: Video Games