Lifestyle

  • Mar 17 , 2021 | Lifestyle
    Some 3.8 billion people across the globe are considered part of the middle class — and its numbers are growing. The rise of the global middle class can be traced back to the 1950s. Today’s enormous middle class is shaping and leading global consumption and lifestyle trends. Our Host James Chau examines China’s middle class and how this population has influenced global culture and lifestyle.
  • Mar 01 , 2021 | Lifestyle
    Staying Connected in Social Distancing
  • Feb 28 , 2021 | Lifestyle
    In North America and Europe, one-person-households make up at least 40% of all households. The world’s population is shifting towards singlehood, a development made under the rising pressures and expectations from work and school, not to mention a wide variety of increasing wealth disparities. Our Host James Chau takes a look into the growing trend of unmarried and single households and how this is shaping our idea of family and home.
  • Jan 22 , 2021 | Lifestyle
    In his holiday classic, Bing Crosby sang about his dream for a white, snowy Christmas— but an ocean away in Harbin, China, ice and snow is always guaranteed. Each year, the northeastern city of Harbin stages a massive, globally renowned festival of ice— using over 200,000 cubic meters of ice pulled from the Songhua River, to create a wonderland of ice sculptures. Our Host James Chau takes us on an up-close adventure into the art and design of sculpted frozen water.
  • Dec 02 , 2020 | Lifestyle
    Livestream video has taken the world by storm, and China is leading the charge. From teachers to celebrities, a massive surge of users in China has established livestreaming as its own industry. With the rise in online retailers and “key opinion leaders” livestreaming to sell and review products, this new industry is changing the landscape of e-commerce in China. As the pandemic continues, its prominence certainly won’t fade away anytime soon. Our Host James Chau explores the impact of the pandemic on e-commerce and the livestream business boom.
  • Dec 02 , 2020 | Lifestyle
    Born on a Mountaintop | Lu Xinjian
  • Nov 26 , 2020 | COVID-19
    From local soccer matches to the Olympic Games, the pandemic has reshaped sports as we know them. Tokyo 2020 is scheduled to go ahead with live spectators next summer, while Beijing is set to host the 2022 Winter Olympics as planned. This means East Asia could see millions of visitors within a short period. Both host cities are working towards sustainability and safety for athletes, visitors, and locals alike. In this episode, our Host James Chau looks at how the international sport community is thinking through today’s challenges.
  • Nov 20 , 2020 | Lifestyle
    Anna Ning is a leading gallerist with a focus on 20th century Chinese artists such as Zao Wou-ki, San Yu, and Chen Yifei. She is also a mainstay of the annual Art Basel fair in Hong Kong—and this month, have been invited to participate in the inaugural 'Hong Kong Spotlight by Art Basel', a special event that celebrates one city and its art community. Our Host James Chau asks her about the role of culture in a pandemic, and how her childhood in Beijing impacts the way she views the world.
  • Nov 20 , 2020 | Lifestyle
    Alan Lo is a restaurateur and art collector whose interest in paintings began with his family's own collection of Chinese ink-on-paper works. In honor of 'Hong Kong Spotlight by Art Basel', a special event that celebrates one city and its art community, our Host James Chau speaks to Alan Lo about his personal story and his role as an Art Basel Global Patron. What is the future of art fairs and will the nature of collecting change in these unfamiliar times?
  • Nov 20 , 2020 | Lifestyle
    Art Basel brings people together at the major fairs it stages annually in Basel, Miami, and Hong Kong. But in these socially-distanced times, it has gone an important step further, creating 'Hong Kong Spotlight by Art Basel', a physical event that celebrates one city and its art community. In a special set of interviews, our Host James Chau speaks to collectors and galleries—and, in this episode, he interviews Art Basel's Director Asia, Adeline Ooi.
  • Nov 03 , 2020 | Lifestyle
    November 11th, also known as 11/11 or “Single’s Day”, is a Chinese e-commerce holiday that has bolstered local and rural vendors around the country. Single’s Day is the biggest online shopping day in the world—with sales much larger than even Black Friday. The holiday, which turns 10 years old this year, was originally created by e-commerce platform, TaoBao. Our Host James Chau explores how it’s contributing towards an end to poverty.
  • Oct 27 , 2020 | Culture
    The pressures of modern life have made dating more difficult in our rapidly evolving world. Today’s high cost of living, matched with evolving dynamics of education to employment has led to a decrease in marriage, and an increase of single-person households in countries around the world. Our Host James Chau dives into the phenomenon of “singlehood”—and how technology, culture and tradition play a role in partnership.
  • Oct 09 , 2020 | Culture
    Culture and art have a newfound significance in a world burdened with a pandemic, where we are living much of our lives in isolation or with restrictions. Two gallerists have opened The Saachi Yates Gallery on Cork Street in London, a street made famous for its history in nurturing and birthing artists and gallerists, like Francis Bacon and Peggy Guggenheim. Gallerists Aurthur Yates and Phoebe Saatchi Yates have claimed this historical spot in London, as they say, “with one foot in the past, and one in the future”– looking to reinvent gallerying in these uncertain times. Our Host James Chau speaks with them from London.
  • Aug 12 , 2020 | Lifestyle
    Li Delun is the father of classical music in China, creating the first professional orchestra from a few donated instruments after the Second World War, and later founding what became the world renowned Chinese National Symphony Orchestra. Our host James Chau speaks with his grandchildren in Toronto, to tell us what it was like growing up around a man of music in a unique time in history.
  • Aug 07 , 2020 | Lifestyle
    Many at home during quarantine have found a renewed sense of creativity. But two musicians in Toronto have taken that to a new level—celebrating Beethoven's 250th birthday by gathering musicians from the world's leading orchestras to perform the composer's Fifth Symphony. What makes this more special is that they use their grandfather's 1983 recording as the base track. Our host James Chau speaks to Kemin and Rosalind Zhang about this special concert.
  • Jul 14 , 2020 | Social Good
    Culture plays a unique role in bringing peace, tolerance, and understanding to a world that is often divided. History, art, film, and music are ways to connect with people across social and physical boundaries. And these connections are enhanced by today’s technology and social media. Our Host James Chau explores the impact of today's leading apps, celebrities interacting with their followers, and a rural Chinese vlogger with more 11 million YouTube subscribers.
  • Jun 22 , 2020 | Innovation
    From alternative milks to insect-based snacks, our supermarkets are changing amidst a global shift to sustainability. However, many are still not able to obtain the most basic of food supplies. Today, there remains a global food crisis, where 113 million people around the world suffer from extreme hunger. In this story, we dive into a world that is hungry for change and the innovations that could bring a new era of food.
  • Oct 10 , 2019 | Lifestyle
    Chinese dumplings are enjoyed everywhere, but a group of young Yale and Peking University graduates are now popularizing a lesser-known style of Chinese comfort food in the US. Yong Zhao and Chef Lucas Sin are the co-founder and culinary director of Junzi Kitchen, which boasts a menu of thoughtful, northern Chinese comfort foods, such as noodles and "bings," a thin, savory pancake often sold as a street snack. With multiple restaurants already across New Haven and New York, Junzi Kitchen highlights the versatility and nuance of Chinese food and artfully leverages the appeal of global food culture with fast-casual dining to make this lesser-known cuisine accessible to everyone. Join James in New York, where he tries out Junzi's new branch near Bryant Park!
  • Sep 09 , 2019 | Lifestyle
    Costco's first store in China has opened in Shanghai to enormous crowds, with three-hour waits for a parking spot and shoppers capped at 2,000 people per day. Videos of the first day’s deluge have gone viral on social media, as much for ...
  • Aug 28 , 2019 | Lifestyle
    Qingdao is a city unlike many others in China. It’s a major port and industrial center, and one of the most livable cities according to the Chinese Institute of City Competitiveness.
  • Aug 26 , 2019 | Lifestyle
    A new hit series is taking the Internet by storm – and it’s about life in China more than 1,000 years ago. ‘The Longest Day in Chang’an’ – similar in format to the U.S. show ‘24’ – breaks down one full day in the Tang Dynasty, complete with drama, intrigue, and mystery. With great acting and painstaking research, it’s bringing history back to life.
  • Aug 21 , 2019 | Lifestyle
    Tea is an intrinsic part of China’s history and culture. But today it is enjoying a modern renaissance among millennials and young people across the globe, thanks to new flavors, healthier ingredients, and innovative designs.
  • Aug 02 , 2019 | Lifestyle
    Shanghai needs very little introduction – but there’s so much to say. This city of over 26 million people is one of the most dynamic in the world: its cosmopolitan past is on display with the historical architecture along the Bund, while its innovative future is underpinned by the skyscrapers that stand on former farmlands in the financial center of Pudong. James Chau takes you inside "the city that belongs to everyone".
  • Jul 29 , 2019 | Lifestyle
    Ever worried about taking your medicine on time? One entrepreneur in China has an innovative solution. Nick Zeng is based in Shenzhen, where he's created a smart pill box that reminds you what medicine to take, at what time - and also reminds your family and caregivers via a mobile app. Inspired by his grandmother, who suffers from a chronic disease, Nick invented a device that not only solves her problem, but can be applied more widely in a world that is advancing - and ageing.
  • Jul 22 , 2019 | Lifestyle
    We thought this story was really powerful here at The China Current. Three hair stylists snip and cut each day at their salon in Wuhan. But being deaf and hard of hearing, they communicate with their customers, and with one another, by writing and using sign language. They now want to replicate their success for other people in their community so that they too can achieve their fullest life potential.
  • Jun 18 , 2019 | Lifestyle
    Bai Bin, an extreme runner from Guizhou in China, has just completed an epic 433-day journey running from the South Pole to the North Pole. Despite the snow, storms and seas, he refused to give up and successfully finished his 14-month expedition in the Arctic. This is a story of incredible athleticism – and finding hope even when hope appears to be lost.
  • Jun 11 , 2019 | Lifestyle
    Charles Stevens, a college student at the University of St Andrews, traveled along the Silk Road last year - the ancient route that has fascinated traders and travelers for centuries. Today, though, it has transformed into a modern journey full of opportunity and innovation that is charting a model for the global future. I sat down with Charles in Hong Kong, 60+ days after he left his home in London to begin his journey. It's an incredible real-life tale of adventure, business and infrastructure - but mostly, people.
  • Jun 04 , 2019 | Lifestyle
    The Beijing Expo 2019 is showcasing the world’s best-in-class flowers, plants, and landscapes as part of a 6-month, 500 hectare exhibition, the largest of its kind in history. Landscape designers hailing from Denmark to Japan are among those who have been invited to create special exhibits that represent their national cultures under the theme “Live Green, Live Better.”, along with a range of gardens that demonstrate the diversity of China’s natural landscapes. In total, more than 100 countries and international organizations are participating in the Expo. An estimated 16 million visitors will attend the park and take part in almost 2,500 different cultural events. Within the park, 50,000 trees have been preserved and 100,000 trees and shrubs planted to improve the condition of wetlands, purify water and provide a habitat for migratory birds.
  • Apr 16 , 2019 | Lifestyle
    A 200 year-old Swiss textile company finds inspiration from the snowy Forbidden City to historical motifs in Chinese design. Camilla Fischbacher talks to James Chau about her family's legendary brand, Christian Fischbacher, and how the melting pot of globalization is shaping contemporary design, fashion, art, and architecture across both the West and the East.
  • Mar 26 , 2019 | Lifestyle
    After 30 years as one of the world's greatest violinists, Tasmin Little recently announced her retirement. She speaks to James Chau about her incredible life, and how her musical talents led her to become one of the first people to enter China after it began opening its borders to the world.