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

Posts tagged "Chinese"
Marriage in China: Guilt tripped

Marriage in China: Guilt tripped

A controversial advertisement featuring a young woman guilted into marriage by her dying grandmother has been forced off air in China. Broadcast across several television stations and online platforms in the run up to Valentine’s Day, the commercial shows an elderly woman incessantly asking her
Cross-border Chinese smugglers’ tunnel unearthed by police

Cross-border Chinese smugglers’ tunnel unearthed by police

An underground smugglers’ tunnel equipped with lights and a rail track to transport goods from mainland China to Hong Kong has been uncovered by Chinese police. The entrance to the 40-metre underground passage was discovered by border police under a garage in Changling, a small
China's indie filmmakers: The way of the dragon seal

China’s indie filmmakers: The way of the dragon seal

BEIJING — Yang Jin shot his first film, “The Black and White Milk Cow,” in his hometown in 2004 for $1,600. He asked villagers to be his actors, paying them only in cigarettes, and his main expense was $320 spent renting the titular cow. The
Interview: Ai Weiwei

Interview: Ai Weiwei

Considering he’s China’s public enemy No1, it’s surprisingly easy to get into Ai Weiwei’s Beijing studio. Four years ago, those who had heard of Ai in the West knew him best as the man behind Beijing’s Olympic ‘Bird’s Nest’ stadium. Today, he is one of
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
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,