Singles Mingle at Shanghai IKEA Cafeteria

Global Times reports on the swarms of middle-aged singles inundating the café at a Shanghai IKEA in search of free coffee and the loves of their lives. “They get real noisy and take up all the seats,” Yin...

Video: Dreaming of Inspector Chen

Anna Sophie Loewenberg interviews novelist Qiu Xiaolong on the roof of the Beijing Bookworm Cafe about his Detective Chen mystery series and his new book, Red Mandarin Dress. From In this episode Sufei meets Qiu...

Chinese Love Letters Over a Half Century

A comparison of Chinese love letters from the 1950’s with a series of brief SMS love messages posted this week on Sina reveals just how far the concept of love has traveled in the reform era. Translated by CDT: (A typical...

In New China, Love Can Get Messy – Mao Jian

In the Washington Post, essayist Mao Jian writes about the changing attitudes in China toward love: These days in China, five years in business is a lifetime. One place near my apartment was a Sichuanese restaurant for a few months, then an Internet caf√© for a few more. By springtime it was a bookstore, and […]

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