Delegates applaud as Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the opening ceremony of the 20th National Congress of China's ruling Communist Party held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. 

China’s small business owners hope for a new normal ‘after the Party Congress’


The refrain, “after the Party Congress,” has been heard constantly in China. It refers to the idea that once this week’s official National Congress of the Communist Party meeting wraps up on Friday, maybe things will get back to normal after a series of strict pandemic lockdowns.

A man tries to receive medicine he bought at a pharmacy through its closed glass doors in Shanghai, China, May 22, 2022.

Shanghai sees exodus as people flee China’s lockdown woes

Demonstrators march through downtown Orlando, Florida, during a Juneteenth event, June 19, 2020.

Black Americans living in China find special meaning in local Juneteenth celebrations

A child is supported on the balance beam during classes at a gym

China now allows 3 kids per family, but many couples say they can’t afford it

In this Nov. 28, 2019, photo, a solar panel installation is seen in Ruicheng County in central China's Shanxi Province.

Green China: Where authoritarianism and environmentalism meet 

Participants take part in a Pride run during the ShanghaiPRIDE festival

Abruptly canceled, ShanghaiPRIDE could be harbinger for China’s civil society


Organizers did not offer an explanation for the sudden cancelation and indefinite hiatus, but co-founder Charlene Liu cited “safety” concerns for all involved.

Two young women with headbands hold face masks at the Shanghai Disneyland theme park as it reopens following a shutdown due to the coronavirus disease

Millennials in China reexamine their spending habits as economy recovers

Millennials in China have been known to be big spenders. But as the Chinese economy recovers from a coronavirus-induced slowdown, many young people are reexamining their lives and their spending habits.

A young woman wears a red bow and holds a doll as she takes a selfie at Disneyland in Shanghai

Shanghai Disneyland reopens — with face masks, social distancing and QR health codes


Shanghai’s Disneyland became the first Disney amusement park to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, sending a strong signal of recovery in Shanghai. But it was not back to normal.

Students sit through class in a rural Chinese school. American writer Lenora Chu's new book is called "Little Soldiers: An American Boy, A Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve."

At this elite Chinese kindergarten, ‘We don’t pick children. We pick parents.’


Chinese American writer Lenora Chu was delighted when she secured a coveted spot a Shanghai kindergarten for her son. Then came the stress, anxiety and confusion. Chu’s new book about China’s education system is called “Little Soldiers.”

Women wearing Mickey Mouse ears watch the opening ceremony at Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai, China, June 16, 2016.

Disneyland has arrived in China and the government is ‘calling the shots’


It’s more than fun and games. President Barack Obama said the park “captures the promise” of the bilateral relationship between the US and China.