The New Citizen

More and more Chinese live in a nation that looks nothing like it did a decade ago. The transformation rivals anything envisioned in Mao Zedong’s revolutionary credo of 60 years ago, yet it has also highlighted new “contradictions among the people,” forcing a widespread search for novel forms of social harmony.

Raising Frogs: A Tea-seller's Story

By Rebecca Davis
Ye Huabin welcomes customers to his shop with a cup of tea as a sample. After picking tealeaves in the fields, Ye now owns two shops in Beijing.

Thanks to China's booming economy, more Chinese can afford gourmet tea these days, and Ye Huabin says his business is on the rise. Once a tea farmer in Fujian province, Ye now runs two tea shops in Beijing.

Hip-Hop in Beijing


The Foot Style Rockers, a Beijing-based break dancing crew that participate in battles and jam sessions around the city that draw the best nearby talent. China’s growing hip-hop community is still small enough that a local break crew can organize events with some of the scene's top players.

Ebb and Flow - What is Old Becomes New Again

For a generation raised on MTV rather than Mao Zedong Thought, Buddhism, along with other traditional Chinese ideologies such as Confucianism and Taoism, offers young people a way to reconnect with their Chinese identity in the face of increasing globalization.

Religion in China


Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism each find their niche within China's evolving religious landscape.