It’s an achievement that this issue exists at all.
In late January, just around the time our team was ramping up to meet deadlines for the new issue of our magazine, China saw the beginning of what is now the global Covid-19 pandemic. As public gatherings were canceled, office buildings closed, and transportation shut down across the country, we made the unprecedented decision to finish the issue in quarantine, moving almost all of our in-person meetings and interviews to the phone and web (it helped that our writers had planned ahead and already finished much of their field reporting by then).
The end result is a triumph not only for our team, but for the “China story” itself. While we imbibe soul-searching lessons from the virus, it’s equally important to remember that life can go on. In our “Wine” issue, we follow Chinese vintage in its journey from up-and-coming family vineyards to international trade shows and tables; witness the revival of an ancient ice-fishing tradition in the northeast; join the heated ethical debates on GM foods and assisted reproduction; relax with surfers in Hainan; and showcase how ordinary people coped with Covid-19.
In all, we want to show that China continues to be a place of compelling stories to tell. Pick up a digital copy of the issue today in our App Store and WeChat Store, and get further discounts on past issues of our magazine!