The old That’s Shanghai office on Mengzi Lu had a really steep and narrow flight of stairs at the entrance. As I walked up to the editorial department on the second floor on March 28, 2016 – my very first day here – I remember thinking to myself, “Whatever you do, don’t fall down from this thing!”
Luckily, I didn’t, and this journey has offered more opportunities than I’d ever dreamed possible. Over the past three years, the stories I have reported on broadened my writing repertoire, allowed me to gain insights into how the brains of some of the world’s top creatives work, and in some cases, taught me important life lessons that I’ll never forget.
That’s right. After 36 issues as Editor-in-Chief, this is my last month at the mag. While these stairs haven’t always been easy to climb, every minute of it has made me a stronger writer, editor and person. I’m grateful to all of my past and present colleagues at That’s for making this journey as memorable, exciting and productive as it has been.
As I’ll be moving to Hong Kong in a few weeks, my Life & Style feature for May is about an item that has a special place in the hearts of many Hongkongers and Southern China residents – the red-white-blue bag. More specifically, it’s a raincoat inspired by this iconic accessory and created by Shanghai-based designer Luke Cardew. Read about his story and design process on p20. In the flavor-packed Eat & Drink section, Cristina Ng spoke to Chef Danyi Gao (p53) about her new Vietnamese concept and went on a taco crawl (p55) just in time for Cinco de Mayo.
Meanwhile, Sarah Forman scored an interview with The Jesus and Mary Chain (p32) right before their China tour this month. Last but not least, Matthew Bossons from our Guangzhou office travels to Guizhou to see the Five-Hundred-Meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) and look at China’s search for extraterrestrial life. See his findings on p36.