Articles By: Lizzie Chen
Located in the heart of Shanghai’s French Concession, Jiashan Market is a residential and business community that focuses on fostering an environment that sustains healthy lifestyles. Inspired by the concept of sustainability and an eco-friendly ideology, the people of Jiashan Market are trying to nudge Shanghai—and China—in a greener direction.
On a quiet Thursday morning in early June, Guo Jing and Li Xiu Lan sit on small chairs outside their homes in Lian Zi Ku Hutong. Retired, they now spend their days as neighborhood public security volunteers. The community guard system, known informally today as the “Granny Patrol,” was formed in 1949.
Just a decade ago, tattoos were frowned upon in Chinese society, long associated with foreigners, prisoners and gamblers. Despite the status of tattoos as cultural taboo, artists claim tattooing is historically significant in Chinese society.
Unlike many Chinese students studying at American universities today, Shiyu Jin says the quality of education was not his sole reason for leaving China to travel to Austin. “I came to [the] U.S. because… this was the only way I can travel independently and be away from my parents,” said Jin.
Traveling abroad in China for 35 days was more insightful than I imagined and raised questions about my ethnic identity that I thought were resolved. As a Taiwanese-American, growing up in a Caucasian majority town, the only relation I had to my heritage was my family. I always asked myself, am I American or Taiwanese?