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


Mixing Equality: Why is it So Hard for Women to be Bartenders in China?

Female bartenders in China share the reality of navigating their male-dominated profession


Poetry That Delivers

Wang Jibing, China’s “delivery driver poet,” talks to TWOC about getting inspired on the road and not letting online trolls get the better of him


Meet the Chinese College Grads Who Took Up Blue-Collar Jobs

From assembly lines to massage parlors, four young people with university degrees recount the joy and pain from taking up low-skilled labor


When Art Meets the Authenticity of Labor

How performance artist Li Liao, famous for his 45-day stint on Foxconn’s assembly lines in 2012, became a delivery driver to pay the bills


Fading Trades: Photographing China’s Disappearing Professions

Once common sights on sidewalks, many old professions are giving way to online apps and urbanization. Photographer Huang Ruide captures these fading trades on camera before they’re gone for good.


Weird and Colorful Proposals from this Year’s “Two Sessions”

Some of the most notable and controversial proposals from the annual meetings of China’s legislative bodies


Work to Live, Live to Work: Capturing Workers’ Moments of Joy

Photographer Xin Ting captures workers at their happiest


Can’t Afford Rent? These Young Urban Drifters Make Do in Unexpected Settings

From living in hotels to sleeping in the office, three young Chinese tell their stories of avoiding sky-high rents


After Covid, Another Kind of Isolation

Months after recovery, some former Covid-19 patients struggle with job discrimination, dating stigma, and even separate testing queues