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2017 Issue 1
The rise of online shopping, selling, and logistics has perhaps been one of the most important changes to modern life in China, and the effect of e-commerce entrepreneurship in China’s rural areas has been transformative. Villages that once farmed now make, package, and ship their goods all around the country. We visit one of China’s official “Taobao villages” to learn more about how modern shopping has changed the countryside—for better or worse.
Also this issue, we’ll be looking at China’s indie film sector and how it can fund itself, how grads are changing the job market by opting for fulfilling careers rather than filling their wallets, and what life is like in a migrant night market in Nanjing. We’ve made some changes for the New Year. You’ll find new columns, such as Art Attack and our new science and technology section, Tech Support. Counterpoint has been resurrected, and Frontier profiles businesses on the cutting edge. With all of that new content, we still aim to bring you the news, views, and reviews you’ve come to expect from us here at TWOC. Get your digital copy today, and have a happy Spring Festival.
2017 Issue 2
The Middle Kingdom has its own take on Middle Earth. Novoland isn’t run by hobbits or orcs; you’re far more likely to see winged men or immortal warriors. But the schisms of Novoland also play out in reality, as the creators turned on one another, creating rival cliques. We take a look at the state of fantasy literature in China and where it’s headed in the future.
Also this issue, we take a leisurely ride on one of China’s famed green trains. The leisurely pace is mandatory—these very slow trains are a fixture in the memories of many Chinese but as they are phased out for faster models, their final stop may arrive more quickly than expected. We also look at the business of maternity matrons, as well as the hollowing out of China’s villages and the implications of leaving elderly residents behind.
In Diaspora, you’ll find a Chinatown within China, where overseas Chinese have shaped an enclave, and Made in China tells the tangled history of China’s wired radio. There’s plenty more in these pages and if you want more, check out our digital edition. In the meantime, sit back, relax and enjoy the spring weather.
2017 Issue 3
In this issue, TWOC looks behind the smart software to put a human face on the humble deliveryman. We hear tales of business and brotherhood, high risks and low rewards, that will certainly give pause for thought next time you curse your pizza for being five minutes overtime. Elsewhere, as hipster versions land abroad, we go in search of the authentic jianbing; return to the forgotten roots of overseas Chinese; take an unswerving look at the history of school uniforms; wonder whether knowledge has a price; and try to buy a live chicken. Well, our pizza was late…
2017 Issue 4
At the Future of Go Summit in Wuzhen, TWOC watched China’s top players compete, determined to best, or at least understand, AlphaGo’s dazzling progress. That epic battle, and its full ramifications, are laid bared in this month’s equally epic cover story—along with battle between bots, the brave tale of Beijing’s “nail neighborhood,” a handsome history of ham, how a California city became the Chinese Beverly Hills, and of course, much more
2017 Issue 5
This issue, TWOC follows some of these leisurely pursuits, from the reawakening of the hermit spirit, to the rise of the creative class and their effect on the country’s left-behind villages. We also look at the pressures that still exist on many parents, and the price that history has paid for this progress.
2017 Issue 6
Millions have happily signed up for programs such as WeChat Wallet and Alipay, along with attendant social credit schemes, including the already-massive Sesame Credit. Soon, every purchase made in China that isn’t in cash (and these numbers are growing) will be itemized, tracked, geo-tagged, cached, and analyzed in a vast consumerist utopia (or capitalist conspiracy; or Orwellian experiment) in big data we’re calling the “Cloud Country.”