Articles By: Jessica Schwartz
In the summer of 2010, Trevor Squier and Henry Hu traveled to Shanghai for an MBA program through Boston University. The two spent four months developing a mock business plan to bring customized T-shirts to China’s highly competitive market based on the popular design-to-order U.S. company Threadless.
Like teens in the United States, 18-year-old Wu Jinxing relishes the idea of leaving home someday. Unlike even his peers elsewhere in China, however, Wu, who was born and raised in Xiejiaqiao, a rural village of 800 residents outside Hangzhou, might not have a choice if he wants to find a wife.
Wei Bairang couldn’t help but be intrigued when she was given a handout during English Corner, a weekly English conversation club at Beijing’s Renmin University: “Beware of Virgins – they increase divorce rates!”
The old saying “Yi bai zhe bai chou” (“A white complexion is powerful enough to hide several faults”) has been widely accepted in China – until recently, that is. Today, tanning salons are beginning to open and entice young men and women to darken their skin for roughly $1 a minute.