The Young Chinese Workers Struggling to Make Social Security Contributions

With a slumping job market, young workers agonize over whether to pay their social security contributions or risk trading security now for an uncertain future


How China’s Seniors Got Hooked on Short Video Influencers

The suspension of a short video channel throws the spotlight on how influencers attract elderly users and the risks seniors face online


Do Chinese Kids Have Their Own Barbie?

The answer is, of course, yes!


Epic Encounters and Missing Monkeys: Notable Indie Games from This Year’s GCORES Beijing

This year’s GCORES Beijing offered everything from major international game studios like Bethesda to small Chinese indie game developers—with one very notable exception


Closer to Heaven

Clouds swirl permanently over Yunnan’s remote Nujiang region, where old Christian communities meet an abandoned government outpost and one of Asia’s wildest rivers


Bean to Block: Journey to the Birthplace of Chinese Tofu

Firm up your knowledge of bean curd on the fabled mountain where it was said to be invented


Noodle Nostalgia: How an Imported Rice Noodle Dish Became the Pride of a Hunan City

Despite coming to Hengyang only 30 years ago, “lufen” has already become a symbol of pride for the locals who grew up with it


Can Anything Save China’s Fast Food Brands?

Once applauded for their high-end take on classic Chinese dishes, “internet famous” restaurants are now struggling to retain customers


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?