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

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 kindergarten are relatively younger, mostly in their 20s, and even … Continue reading As China’s Schools Reopen, LGBT Families Feel Pride — and Prejudice

China Goes Barking Mad for Therapy Dogs


SHANGHAI — At a rehabilitation center on the outskirts of Shanghai, a mini talent show is about to begin. Eight dogs and their owners are lined up outside a small function room, waiting for their names to be called. One by one, the pooches scamper into the room and perform a series of tricks: shaking hands, jumping through rings, and pretending to pray. Before long, … Continue reading China Goes Barking Mad for Therapy Dogs

Spousal Distancing: The Chinese Couples Divorcing Over COVID-19


Zhang Ning will soon be reunited with her husband. He left the couple’s hometown of Wuhan to visit relatives in late January, and just days later the central Chinese city suddenly went into lockdown, leaving him unable to return for over two months. But China is now easing travel restrictions as its COVID-19 epidemic subsides, allowing him to finally come home. Zhang couldn’t be less … Continue reading Spousal Distancing: The Chinese Couples Divorcing Over COVID-19

Meet China’s Ace Ventura, Pet Detective Sun Jinrong


SHANGHAI — On a freezing December night, three men rush into a downtown residential complex carrying a ladder, flashlights, and backpacks loaded with high-tech detection equipment. The black-clad figures are here to meet their latest client, who called the team in distress just hours before. The woman, a Shanghai native in her 20s, says her loved one has been missing for days and she doesn’t … Continue reading Meet China’s Ace Ventura, Pet Detective Sun Jinrong