Guangzhou then and now: The rise of Dongshan, the city's most affluent district

At a time when regular citizens were forbidden from living within the ancient walls, Dongshan started to flourish as a residential neighborhood for Chinese returning from overseas.

by Jocelyn Richards, 26 May 2015

Guangzhou then and now: Early 20th-century missionary Annie James and her incredible story

Through the Republican era, the Japanese invasion and the Communist revolution, one plucky evangelist refused to abandon the city. Opening a hospital, founding a Sunday school and adopting...

by Jocelyn Richards, 22 May 2015

Guangzhou then and now: Documenting public life in the 1910s and 1920s

A rare view of old Canton through New Zealand missionary snapshots

by Jocelyn Richards, 19 May 2015

Guangzhou then and now: How infrastructure has gradually altered the shape of the city

In 1900, the area within Guangzhou’s city wall was about 18 square kilometers. In 2015, Guangzhou encompasses an area of 7,434 square kilometers. And that's just the tip of the iceberg....

by Jocelyn Richards, 13 May 2015

Guangzhou then and now: A photographic comparison of old and new Canton

In a series of articles and photographic series, we're taking a look at how Guangzhou has evolved in the past century. This segment focuses on direct comparison of city scenes.

by Jocelyn Richards, 07 May 2015

Myth-busting the Yao: Fact and fiction about Guangdong’s largest ethnic minority

Despite being the largest ethnic minority in Guangdong and boasting a population comparable to Chicago’s, the Yao have historically remained absent from all social, economic and political...

by Jocelyn Richards, 16 April 2015

Snout to Squiggly: 12 ways to gobble up a pig

With the Chinese New Year behind us, chances are your holiday feasting experience fell somewhere between appetizing and abhorrent. This month, we’re here to surmise what part of the...

by Jocelyn Richards, 10 March 2015

Denim sings the blues: The forgotten plight of Xintang jeans factories

Picture your all-time favorite pair of jeans. If you bought them abroad, there’s a one-in-three chance that they were manufactured right here in Guangzhou – in the back alleyways...

by Jocelyn Richards, 14 January 2015

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