Society

Members of China's "Fashionable Grandmas": from left, Guo Lirong, Yingzi, Sang Xiuzhu. (Screen grab from Douyin account "时尚奶奶团")

[Video] Silver strands, bold stands: China's age-defying grannies

Clad in dopamine-boosting colours and stylish outfits, China's "fashion grannies" are turning heads with their youthful sartorial choices, embodying the statement that "age is just a number and style knows no bounds”. Beyond their trendy appearances lies a deeper narrative of resilience, individuality and inspiration. Here's a glimpse into the lives and philosophies of three remarkable women who are redefining ageing with their style and grace.
People ride a subway train during morning rush hour in Beijing, China, on 11 April 2024. (Tingshu Wang/Reuters)

China’s balancing act to keep its social security system afloat

China's employees are dependent on its social security system to keep them going, especially in terms of pensions and funds for those of retirement age. However, amid struggles with salaries and manpower, how are companies to take care of employees?
Young people browsing second-hand items at the Dongjiaxi flea market in Chongqing.

[Big read] Chongqing’s youths embrace thriving second-hand market

Chongqing’s Dongjiaxi flea market has been a hotspot for the discerning consumers, in particular youths, who are seeking cost-effectiveness without sacrificing quality and style. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Edwin Ong speaks with shoppers and shop owners to find out more about this thriving industry in the city.
Elderly couple sings together in their room at Heyuejia retirement home in Beijing, China. (Screen grab from Reuters)

[Video] China’s retirement home dilemma

Did you know that some of China’s retirement homes offer singing lessons, buffet spreads, VR devices or eSports classes? Despite this, lingering stigma complicates the decision to reside in such facilities. Here’s what the elderly think about living in retirement homes.
Guanxin Park, which is about two kilometres away from the Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), dubbed Taiwan's Silicon Valley, in Hsinchu, Taiwan. (Photo: Woon Wei Jong)

[Big read] In Taiwan, birth rate soars in Hsinchu’s tech zone

Even as Taiwan’s overall birth rate has gone down, one location in particular is bucking the trend: the Hsinchu Science Park. Lianhe Zaobao’s China Desk takes a look at the contributing factors.
Muslim devotees walk in a street market as they buy food before breaking their fast during the Islamic holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kampung Baru neighbourhood of Kuala Lumpur on 18 March 2024. (Mohd Rasfan/AFP)

Are foreign Chinese spouses disadvantaged under Malaysia's immigration policies?

Malaysia has implemented several changes to its visa restrictions in order to encourage more foreigners to invest and reside in the country. However, obstacles remain aplenty in the process of permanent residency applications for foreign spouses, despite having set up roots and having families in the country. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Seoow Juin Yee looks into the matter.
"Granny Wang" interacts with participants on stage in Kaifeng, on 30 March 2024. (CNS)

‘Granny Wang’s Matchmaking’: A large-scale dating arena for China's youths?

With young people in China seemingly less willing to date and get married, Granny Wang’s Matchmaking event in Henan province is proving to be surprisingly popular. Will such live events catch on more and spur young people to consider marriage?
A worshipper burns incense on the first day of the year of the Dragon, amid Lunar New Year celebrations, at Petak Sembilan temple in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 10 February 2024. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

Will the Confucian religion develop further in Indonesia?

The quiet support of the current administration for the tiny minority of Confucianists in Indonesia, who are mostly ethnic Chinese Indonesians, could speak volumes about not just religious but more worldly concerns.
The Uranus Building severely tilted after the earthquake on 3 April 2024.

Correspondent in Taiwan: Hualien after the earthquake

Following an earthquake that hit the coast of Hualien in Taiwan, the authorities are moving to rebuild infrastructure and facilities, so that residents can return to their lives as soon as possible. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Woon Wei Jong reports.