Romance and Rebellion in Republican China

How picture newspapers in the early 20th century reflected changing views on freedom and love


The Most Controversial Proposals from this Year’s “Two Sessions”

The highlights and most notable proposals from the annual meetings of China’s legislative bodies


China’s ‘Self-Comb Women’ Never Smashed the Patriarchy. So What?

Some anti-marriage activists are trying to lay claim to the self-comb legacy. They’re missing these women’s real significance.


China Lights #5: "I don’t mean to brag, but I’m pretty good with women"

Thoughts on sex, marriage, and death from a former Beijing "street kid"


Forget ‘Leftover Women’—What About the Women Being Left Out?

With media outlets and policymakers focused on unmarried, highly educated women, the challenges faced by those who marry early often go overlooked.

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Fiction: The Trial

A novelist discovers the power of words over life and death—from our issue “Contagion”


Choice Chengyu: Romantic Ramblings

Singles Day isn’t just about the sales


Sexual Healing

Surveys suggest that, after decades of official puritanism and a culture of sexual shaming, young Chinese are leading the way in promoting greater sex positivity—but marriage still presents a sticking point.

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Gown Abroad

As marriage rates decline, a photography market is booming as young couples seek authenticity and conspicuous consumption overseas


Mixed Feelings

Mixed-race Chinese struggle with identity and acceptance—especially if they have dark skin

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