At NPR, a piece about Chinese parents who are organizing for government benefits after losing their only children to illness or accidents:
Population experts estimate that over 1 million Chinese families have lost their only children. They say that number could exceed 10 million by midcentury.
The pain of losing an only child is magnified by Chinese tradition, in which if you fail to carry on the family line, you're seen as dishonoring your ancestors.
Xiaonan's mom admits the one-child policy did not cause her son's death, even though it has put her in a tough spot in her old age.
"Here we are, at this age, without [...]
A Chinese holiday to celebrate being single has turned into one of the world’s largest online shopping events.
[On November 11th], millions of unattached Chinese took advantage of online shopping specials tailored for them—travel deals for lone travelers, single-serving rice cookers, boyfriend pillows, and deals on BMWs (helpful for shedding one’s single status).
Why not make a bunch of rice and just eat leftovers? No? Okay! Buy that tiny rice cooker.
Sales passed that of America’s after-Thanksgiving day of shopping deals, Cyber Monday, and reached $5.4 billion by 11pm.
That is almost as much as the GDP of Monaco. What is the big deal, guys?
The day, always on 11/11—the single [...]
Two friends of mine moved to Qingdao, China, a few weeks ago to teach. The school gave them an apartment, where they discovered a notebook with this list on the first page and nothing else. The previous occupant, a woman, had been teaching at the school but had left abruptly a couple of weeks earlier. (Proper nouns have been changed.)
2011 – 2012
-Get married to Guillaume.
-Build and sell Emerging Market Strategies LLC.
-Become fluent in Chinese, French, German, Portuguese.
-Maintain a youthful, gorgeous appearance.
A bride in China got stood up on her wedding day and was so distraught that she jumped out a window — but someone caught her at the last second and saved her! Here are some amazing pictures of her rescue.