Blue skies and bare trees in wintry Beijing, December 2015 © ZhendeGender Beijing looks similar today, which is a delight after days of thick grey smog. Blue skies are such a rarity it is worth celebration. Let's hope winter 2016-17 is clearer and cleaner than last year, so we can fling the windows wide more [...]
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Don't wait for the system to correct itself for you. Ask for what you want, what your people want, and fight for it.
Aerial view of Beijing taken moments before my plane landed at Beijing International Airport (PEK), Sept 2016 © ZhendeGender
I remember my mother sewed a lot of pockets into my coat. I’d put on the coat with a lot of inside-out pockets and go to the fields and take some food in the pockets and run back quickly so that they had food.
āyí mobile © ZhendeGender This type of vehicle is common on Beijing's streets: a fully upholstered armchair on the back of a mobility scooter is not an unusual sight, but their speed may surprise passers-by. Image captured on Beijing's second ringroad in September 2016.
Want to avoid the lunchtime rush? Eat on the street.
There is no reason a western feminist ‘we’ must set the agenda for a developing world feminist ‘them’. Chinese activists are navigating the way toward gender equality using a contemporary Chinese feminism, on their own terms.
People outside China imagine that 1.3 billion people exist in a very controlled, very rigid environment here. But for lots of ordinary people, the cage has expanded so much that they don’t often feel the limit.
Unlike some contemporary Giselle being performed in the West, National Ballet of China’s version harks back to the delicacy and romance of the 1841 original. The choreography performed at Beijing’s NCPA last Friday was strikingly beautiful, wonderfully capturing the profound emotion of the piece. This performance resonated profoundly; National Ballet of China set the bar [...]