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  • Portraits of Shanghai ayis: an immersion in the life of middle-aged women

    In the rapidly modernizing, young, and energetic city of Shanghai, there is a group called ayi (auntie). They are generally 40-60 years old with gray hair and wrinkles as their physical characteristics. Once their children have grown up, and they are no longer active in the job market, the ayi group seems to have “retired” into the background; their sense of existence in society has been somewhat overlooked. So here comes the question: where can you find ayi on the streets of Shanghai? The park? The wet market? The following photos are an observation of the ayi through the lens of Shanghai streets. Some were working in Lawsons or the wet market. Some were strolling or exercising in the park after buying groceries. Some were taking pictures with their besties to post on their WeChat Moments, just like the modern youth. Take a deep dive into the ayis’ lifestyles, their fashion sense, their hobby of taking pictures, and their jobs. Follow the photos and observe the unique lives of Shanghai ayis. Ayis with the squad Middle-aged and elderly Chinese are social creatures: they are often spotted in groups or pairs, engaging in different leisure activities. From chatting on a bench, strolling in the park and babysitting their grandchildren, to enjoying quality time with their besties. After a lifetime of painstaking work and their own daughters and sons probably busy working, hanging out with people who are the same age makes perfect sense for Shanghainese ayis. Online ayis The rapid introduction and spread of mobile technology in China created a generation of tech-savvy ayis that is unparalleled in any other country. From mobile payments to 朋友圈 pengyou quan (WeChat Moments), from TikTok to online shopping, Shanghainese ayis are as connected to the web as younger generations. It is not uncommon to witness some of them snapping selfies with flowers and trees, browsing through their social media timelines, or playing online games. Exercising ayis Another unique characteristic of Chinese middle-aged and elderly women is their habit of exercising outdoors. Unbothered by the fast-changing landscape of big Chinese cities, they are determined to find the perfect spot for square dance, fast-walking and stretching. After all, what would the appeal of Shanghainese public parks be if not the chatty ayis dancing and playing badminton like there is no tomorrow? Working ayis However, not all ayis are born equal. Many of them did not retire at age 55 and still have to work to provide for themselves and their family. Most of them are migrant workers whose pension plan is completely different from the one Shanghainese hukou holders can rely on. These ayis are cooking in restaurants, serving baozi at your local corner shop, selling vegetables at the wet market, or sweeping the streets. Although they are often invisible to wealthier citizens, they are an essential part of Shanghainese life, and we can’t help but appreciate them even more.

  • Introducing ChinaNauts

    ChinaNauts is a magazine whose goal is to publish careful, deep, well-structured, and enjoyable analysis of contemporary As broad as ‘Contemporary China’ might sound, it also allows various angles to engage with what we perceive ChinaNauts aims at speaking to a broad audience: both to those whose interest is more specific (visual arts Looking forward to understand contemporary China with you!

  • Artificial “fortune-telling” intelligence and how to never underestimate religious pragmatism

    Benoît Vermander, “Religious Revival and Exit from Religion in Contemporary China,” China Perspectives

  • Editorial - Intimately Speaking

    And contemporary public art exhibition bring intimacy to new visual discourses.

  • Christian beliefs for modern Chinese minds: how come is this imported religion thriving?

    Note of the author: the present article is not aimed at expressing any opinion on Christianity, Christian If the growing Chinese Christian community tells us one thing about contemporary China, it has to do Analysing the Recent Development of Religious Communities in Contemporary Rural China," ECRAN: Europe–China Chen Zhang, “Serving more than two masters: contextualization of Christianity in contemporary China and Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, “Christiantiy in contemporary China: an update,” J.

  • Editorial - all things Chinese

    However, in recent years, China has emerged as the birthplace of technological and artistic innovation ChinaNauts’ March issue we explore the marvelous evolution and fascinating significance of objects in contemporary

  • Do religious ghosts dream of supernatural time travel?

    For domestic films, this at the time meant the 1920s’ special-effects-laden Chinese martial-arts films as Frankenstein (1931) and Alice in Wonderland (1931) were all prohibited from screening.5 In more contemporary returns to Chinese cinema: an aesthetic of restraint and the space of horror,” Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Yomi Braester, “The Spectral Return of Cinema: Globalization and Cinephilia in Contemporary Chinese Film

  • Editorial - Gambling(s) through China

    is a clear statement of the purpose of ChinaNauts: to provide meaningful viewpoints on the daily in contemporary

  • Chicken soup for the soul: the weird universe of Tiktok wisdom

    an attempt to explain otherwise obscure content to a broader audience and show its applications in contemporary The reason behind the success of self-help media is simple: contemporary China lacks an institutional

  • Up in the sky: how did air travel develop in China

    References / To go further Alan Williams, Contemporary Issues Shaping China’s Aviation Policy: Balancing Williams, Contemporary Issues, 200. Zhang, “A brief history.” Overseas Travel During National Holidays,” Bloomberg, September 14, 2021,

  • Editorial - Away we go: being a passenger in China

    Traditionally, it is a time to honor one’s ancestors and make way for better luck in the new year, but in contemporary

  • Editorial - Feeling nostalgic for the good old days?

    However, it appears that such a longing for the past is particularly strong in societies where contemporary

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