Commentaries by Shen Lu
- Singles' Day in China began as a clever counter to Valentine's Day. It takes place each year on Nov. 11, or 11/11, signifying four singles. Originally a celebration for young single people, Alibaba has turned it into a shopping bonanza since 2009. This year’s tally more than doubled what Americans spent online on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday combined. Additionally, shipping to rural areas will be at an all-time high. But, this record breaking shopping event, largely driven by marketing pressure, should not be misread as a signal that China’s economy is not stagnating.
- Sep 01 , 2016A popular drama in China is exploring a rarely discussed reality in China: after 30 years of skyrocketing economic, political and social development, social class has been stratified in the Communist China.