Yi Jina

Yi Jina

Digital Content Producer, ThinkChina

Jina graduated from Nanyang Technological University's Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, where she refined her skills in storytelling through videos. She is passionate about leveraging social media and video content to engage and inform the younger demographic. Beyond video production, Jina finds joy in eating spicy food and expressing herself through dance.

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.
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.
Pork-flavoured coffee released by Starbucks for Chinese New Year, 2024. (Screen grab from China News Service)

[Video] China's brewing coffee culture

From diverse specialty blends to a new university programme in Coffee Science and burgeoning cafe scenes across the country, coffee has evolved from an exotic import to an integral part of China's food and beverage culture. With a penchant for ambience and novelty, coffee aficionados in China are reshaping the nation's coffee scene.
Youths walk on the street at night in Beijing, China, on 24 February 2024 (Screen grab from Reuters)

[Video] The harsh reality of China’s job market for youths

Applying to as many as 800 companies only to receive one job offer is a common but harsh reality for Chinese youths. Even then, they have to contend with challenges such as a gruelling “996” work culture (9am to 9pm, six days a week). While some heed the authorities’ call to endure hardships by studying harder and working overtime, some settle for the bare minimum and resign themselves to fate.
Ladies dressed in Neo-Chinese clothing in Xiamen, Fujian Province, China. (Screen grab from CCTV)

[Video] Redefining daily wear: China's hanfu and neo-Chinese fashion

With over 4,000 years of history, hanfu declined during the Qing dynasty amid Manchu rule and the rising influence of Western fashion trends. While hanfu regained some popularity among youths in the 2000s, it wasn't until the mid-2010s, with increased visibility on social media, in period dramas and through cultural heritage promotion programmes, that it truly thrived.
Attendee at a private masquerade singles mixer in Shanghai, China, on 13 January 2024. (Screen grab from Reuters)

[Video] China’s youths are saying no to marriage and having kids

Like young people in large cities elsewhere, many Chinese youths are forgoing the traditional milestones of marriage and parenthood. Besides focusing more on personal well-being and individual needs, they are also becoming more pessimistic about the future. Here's what they have to say.
A scene from Poems of Timeless Acclaim. (Screen grab from CCTV)

[Video] China’s first AI-generated animated series

Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionising China's animation industry by cutting production times and generating culturally distinct content. The first episode of Qianqiu Shisong (《千秋诗颂》), China’s first AI-generated animated series, was aired on Chinese state television on 26 February 2024. The series was produced with the help of CMG Media GPT, a generative AI model co-developed by Shanghai Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and state broadcaster China Media Group.
Visitors enjoy hotpot at the largest underground hot pot restaurant in Chongqing, China, on 27 October 2023. (CFOTO via Reuters Connect)

[Video] Chongqing's bustling ‘underground businesses’

Dubbed the "8D magical mountain city", Chongqing is famous for its complex and perplexing urban landscape. You may have seen one of its trains passing through a residential building or the deepest metro station in China, but have you heard of its underground city?
A customer tries on gold jewelry in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. (Screen grab from CCTV)

[Video] How are China’s youths spending their money?

Amid a challenging economic landscape, China’s youths (aged 16-24) are grappling with a 14.9% unemployment rate as of December 2023. Feeling the impact, the younger generation has made saving a top priority and are reevaluating their spending habits. This shift has seen them transition from "wild spending" to "reverse spending", from "impulsive consumption" to "rational spending", and from "revenge spending" to "experiential consumption". Here's a glimpse into how they are navigating this change.