Examining what it’s like to live, work, and play in China, our experts guide you through the nuances that define its culture.
With youth unemployment in China reaching record highs, graduates are increasingly opting for vocational training to give themselves a fighting chance in a crowded job market. The shift suggests a glaring mismatch between the Chinese education system and the current labour market.
CunBA, a form of ‘grassroots basketball,’ has taken over Chinese social media with its widescale livestreaming of games featuring smaller towns, eliciting competitive hype around the sport. It brings China’s disparate minorities closer while raising a new, promising crop of homegrown ball players.
Older Chinese individuals are breaking away from traditional norms and exploring the tender world of modern dating. Their quest for companionship is marked by an openness to building relationships, increasingly facilitated by digital platforms like dating apps and livestreaming channels.
On Kuaishou, you’re likely to find slices of life in the countryside on videos or live broadcasts. The app has enabled countryfolk to break into the digital landscape, leading to the rise of rural content creation and e-commerce that empowers market growth in the middle of village life.
China’s top developers face scorn from the nation as they file for corporate default, leaving homeowners-to-be far from the promised land. As the Chinese youth are caught between a housing crisis and long-standing expectations of home ownership, they have resorted to living in ‘refined poverty.’
Spicy lattes – with sliced chillis and hot pepper powder – are the latest iteration of crazy coffee flavours that have emerged in recent years in China. While the drink makes for great content, it also nods to a growing interest in innovative recipes that draw on the country's traditional culture.