SHANGHAI — It’s Monday afternoon at a riverside park in Xuhui District. Some people are taking a walk along the walkway. Some are chatting on a bench and looking at ships on the river, playing saxophone, or doing tai chi. Some younger visitors are skateboarding and picnicking with friends. And other visitors are chasing each other and wrestling, sniffing each other’s butts, or barking at … Continue reading Even On a Leash, They’re Happy to Be Outside
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
SHANGHAI — Though only 30 kilometers away from downtown Shanghai, residents of Zhangyan Village lacked the amenities at the disposal of other city dwellers, forcing them to venture out of their community to access anything from nursing homes to cinemas. But not anymore, thanks to the “happy community” — a 1,500-square meter multipurpose area that houses a cafeteria, recreation center for the young and old, … Continue reading Shanghai Expands ‘15-Minute Community’ to the Suburbs
SHANGHAI — As she turned 30, Shen Feifei’s life was right on track. She had graduated from a top university, landed a job at a multinational, and started a family. But two years later, things are very different. Both Shen’s parents have been diagnosed with cancer, and the stress has become overwhelming. She often suffers from insomnia. Her sleek black hair is streaked with gray. … Continue reading The Biggest Losers From China’s Aging Crisis? Millennials.
Fang Tiantian still recalls the pain she felt as a young child when her mother and father packed their bags and left her in her village in southwestern China. The 30-year-old understands why her parents did it. In the early ’90s, her home region of Guizhou province was bitterly poor, and the only route out of poverty seemed to be moving to find work in … Continue reading China’s Left-Behind Kids Repeat Their Parents’ Tragic Choices