urban life

Video: New Style in Old Beijing

A video at The New York Times by visual journalist Jonah M. Kessel looks at street fashion in Beijing’s ancient Gulou neighborhood, featuring short interviews with Beijing’s young and fashionable urbanites. [Source] See...

Rejecting the “Leftover Women” Label

As the marriage market in China grows more competitive due to a surplus of men, some Chinese single ladies are starting to challenge the label of “leftover women”, a term used to describe unmarried women in their...

Frustrated “Lower-class” Parent Calls Out Classism

After a child in Shanghai received detention at school for failing to turn in a notice for a health insurance program his or her family did not qualify for, one of the child’s parents turned to the Internet to vent...

In the Lap of Luxury Goods

Kevin Yeoh, a former Beijing-based fund manager with AMP Capital, sees potential profit lying in China’s luxury market. From Phillip Wen at Sydney Morning Herald: Yeoh warns that any sort of direct play requires research,...

Taking Flight From Polluted Chinese Cities

As Chinese cities continue to expand at an unprecedented rate, Mark McDonald writes that foreigners and locals alike have grown weary of  the urban grind. From The International Herald Tribune’s Rendezvous blog: Charlie...

The Stylish Side of China

Although some analysts are worried about a slowdown in China’s economy, including the luxury industry, some indicators tell a different story. As huge numbers of people, white-collar women in typical, have just entered the...

Riding China’s Luxury Fashion Wave

Despite warnings against hyping gourmet foods and luxury clothing, western clothing brands are still looking towards China. Previously, luxury brands sought the young and affluent Chinese buyer, now high street fashion brands...

Girl Power Up

The Economist’s Analects blog reports on the present condition of women in China. The article focuses on urban women and their changing values on work and family: Kate Ba is in her late 20s and works at a public relations...

Eating Bitterness: China’s Great Urban Migration

April Rabkin reviews Michelle Dammon Loyalka’s new book, ‘Eating Bitterness’, for the San Francisco Chronicle: Being a migrant in China is a bit like being an illegal immigrant in California. Essentially, when...

Are You or Your Chinese Friends 小资 (Xiaozi)? (quiz)

Elliott Ng wrote on the cnreviews blog: The slang term 小资(xiao3 zi1) came up over dinner with my friends Min and Kai. I was discussing a Website I liked, and Min responded, “I don’t like that site. It’s too 小资.” Well, I had...

China’s $treet fashion

Malika Zouhali-Worrall profiles Eno, a prominent brand in China’s emerging urban street fashion scene, via CNNMoney.com: The local art, music and fashion scenes owe much to the dramatic surge in Internet access in China...

‘Over-Working Models’ in Vogue in Big Cities – Guan Xiaomeng

From China Daily: Working 10 or more hours a day, almost no days off, no regular meals and lack of sleep – that’s the life for 70 percent of the white-collar workers in four of China’s big cities, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, according to a survey by Beijing Normal University. These white-collar workers, usually […]

Shenzhen Adults Have ‘Mental Probs’ – Xinhua

From Xinhua, via China Daily: One out of every five adults in Shenzhen, South China’s Guangdong Province, suffers from mental problems, according to a government-sponsored survey. The survey covered more than 7,000 people aged 18 or above, of whom 21 percent said they had experienced psychological difficulties at some stage of their lives and 17 […]



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