SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE
SOCIETY

Industrial Evolution: Turning Old Factories into New Cultural Parks

Can heritage protection projects give new life to China’s abandoned factories?

MODERN HISTORY

The Last Maoist Village in China

We take a trip to every Maoist’s favorite travel destination: Nanjie Village

SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE
EDUCATION

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

SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE
GALLERY

Children of the Corn: How Pan Dehai’s “Fatties” Distort the Past and Present

Painter Pan Dehai talks with TWOC about the ’85 New Wave movement and the reception of his cute but satiric political works

SPORTS

How China Ended 30 Years in the Olympics Wilderness

In 1984, the PRC defied a Soviet boycott to attend its first Olympics in 32 years

SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE
FOOD, TRADITIONAL CULTURE

King Cabbage

The people’s vegetable that helped northerners get through winter

SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE
HISTORY

City of Dreams

Forty years after reform, migrants are trying to define a “Shenzhen Dream” that binds the city together

LANGUAGE

2018: The Year in Words

Reform anniversary, trade war and some slang words covered by TWOC won the Chinese word-of-the-year contest

ARTS, HISTORY

Ode to ‘Opening Up’

TWOC gets the scoop on the new 40 Years of Reform exhibition at the National Museum

MODERN HISTORY

The Traveling Projectionists Who Brought Entertainment to Farmers

Zhao Jishan, “the movie man,” spent years dragging a mobile cinema through rural China to bring entertainment to the villages

+ More Posts