Why China’s Young Urbanites Seek Refuge in Night School

China‘s stressed-out urban young professionals head to night schools to unwind and learn new skills


Bottom of the Class: The Woes of China’s Liberal Arts Students

China’s liberal arts students still value their expertise in the face of poor employment prospects, low salaries, and societal pressure to switch to STEM subjects


High Stakes: The Art and Agenda of Shen Ao’s Scam Trade Thriller “No More Bets”

Despite its financial success in China, the plot of Shen Ao’s “No More Bets” hamstrings the social message it wants to get across


China’s Viral Trends of 2023

Five popular trends that swept China’s internet this year


Degrees of Disillusionment: What’s Driving China’s Certification Craze?

Young workers are turning to qualifications, exams, and certificates to stay ahead in a competitive job market and to feel productive in their spare time


Bitter No More: How Young Chinese Became Obsessed With TCM

Forget bubble tea, traditional Chinese medicine is the latest trend among youth


Community Canteens For Seniors Take Off Among Chinese Youth

Young Chinese turn to government-funded canteens for the elderly amid food safety scandals and the rising cost of meals


Brand Mashups Sweep the Chinese Internet

Kweichow Moutai and Luckin Coffee have captured netizens imagination with a viral “baijiu” and coffee concoction


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


The Rise and Fall of China’s OG Social Media Platforms

With the rise of short video, some of China’s earliest social media platforms have reached the end of their journey, with a few even transforming into a hub for misogynistic content