No Time to Teach

Facing more bureaucratic formalities, overwork, and dwindling respect, many of China’s teachers are leaving the profession for good


Evening Breeze | Essay

Cheng Huizi tells a story of regrets and growth brought by the college entrance exam


Why China’s Young Urbanites Seek Refuge in Night School

China‘s stressed-out urban young professionals head to night schools to unwind and learn new skills


Bottom of the Class: The Woes of China’s Liberal Arts Students

China’s liberal arts students still value their expertise in the face of poor employment prospects, low salaries, and societal pressure to switch to STEM subjects


Meet the Mature Chinese Students Ditching Deadend Jobs to Study Abroad

More over-35s are escaping the rat race in China to study abroad, but meeting challenges integrating too


Degrees of Disillusionment: What’s Driving China’s Certification Craze?

Young workers are turning to qualifications, exams, and certificates to stay ahead in a competitive job market and to feel productive in their spare time


30 Years of Choosing College Majors in China

How did Chinese students earn the right to choose their own majors, and how did the most popular choices evolve over time?


The Biggest Teacher’s Pets in Chinese History

Four stories of ancient Chinese pupils who went to great lengths to honor their teachers


Can Art Degree Programs Churn Out Real Artists?

Crowded enrollment, uneven teaching, and even censorship of projects are making some art students in China question the value of their degrees


How English Went from Imperialist Treachery to Lingua Franca

While English language education was once practically forbidden, decades of reform have turned it into massive business