Gabrielle Jaffe is a PTC award-winning writer and editor who is currently based in London. She covers culture, food, travel and current affairs.

Current affairs
China is the Wild East for Hollywood's filmmakers

China is the Wild East for Hollywood’s filmmakers

BEIJING— He went to Hollywood High, his mother is a scriptwriter and his father an actor. Nate Boyd seemed destined to join the L.A. film industry, but after the circus of auditioning while he was in high school, he grew disillusioned. “I’d queue up with 300 people for one small part. The casting directors
Genghis Khan Wall: Made in China?

Genghis Khan Wall: Made in China?

Seated among the businessmen of the Kempinski Hotel’s café, William Lindesay looks rather out of place. Wearing an olive T-shirt, khaki trousers, bush hat and the middle-distance stare of someone used to spending large amounts of time outdoors, the British geographer resembles a modern-day incarnation
Cash of the Titans: Will Chinese money ruin the Hollywood flicks you love?

Cash of the Titans: Will Chinese money ruin the Hollywood flicks you love?

The love affair between Hollywood and China has been a longer one than you might think. The courtship began in 1985, shortly after the country opened up, when Universal, Paramount and MGM sent Chinese-American ‘ambassador’ Janet Yang to Beijing. Yang, who’d brought previously unknown Chinese
Giving birth in China requires guile, patience – and cash

Giving birth in China requires guile, patience – and cash

For Vivienne Chen, having a first child was easy. Having a second was the problem. She is a citizen of the People’s Republic of China and her government has declared this choice illegal. But she was determined. “We thought we would just pay the fine,”
China's Freudian trip

China’s Freudian trip

A video clip appears on screen. An anguished girl runs through the shadows. She is chased by a growling dog. Cue voiceover in a dramatic American accent: “There is a dark side . . . where our forbidden fears lurk. These unconscious desires do not
In the market for love, Chinese style

In the market for love, Chinese style

It’s that time of year again. Cartoon hearts take over the advertising billboards, friends send each other cards and in the subway women dressed as angels hand out flyers for a “love supermarket”, in which hundreds of photos of potential partners line the walls. Yes,