STREET TALK

An American in Shanghai Redefines What It Means to “City”

Shanghai-based American influencer Paul Mike Ashton’s viral meme, “city bu city,” transforms the concept of urbanity

ARTS

Framing Contrast: Photographer Yan Jiacheng on the Search for Authenticity

The work of Guangzhou-based photographer Yan Jiacheng captures life on the fringes through documentary and conceptual methods

HISTORICAL FIGURES

Wen Yiduo: The Poet, The Martyr

Wen Ting, the great-granddaughter of Republican Era-poet Wen Yiduo, talks about her great-grandfather’s cultural and emotional legacy

CHINESE CHARACTERS

物: The Ox, The Earth, and The Infinite

How the character for “ox” evolved to encompass everything within the cosmos

LIVING IN CHINA

The Noodle Shop and the Holy Cave

A French-Chinese blogger’s dusty road home in China’s wild west

IDIOMS

Idiomized: How to Flaunt Your Wealth in 4 Characters

Learn these essential Chinese proverbs to describe lavish living, obscene wealth, and the pitfalls of extravagance

MODERN HISTORY

Lonely Hearts Transformed: The Evolution of Chinese Marriage Advertisements

A history of Chinese marriage ads, from newspaper columns to matchmaking TV shows and mobile dating apps

TRADITIONAL CULTURE

Why are Chinese Doctors’ Offices Full of Red Pennants?

The bestowing of red pennants, or “jinqi,” has evolved from a simple acknowledgment of appreciation to a token for career advancement and even a means to subvert authority

GALLERY

Remembering China’s 1990s Boom Times Through Art

An exhibition in Guangdong explores the personal emotions evoked by China’s rapid growth and construction obsession of the 1990s

SOCIAL CHINESE

Essential Chinese Phrases for Cheapskates

How to talk about saving and conscious spending in the era of “consumption downgrade”