The February issue of That's PRD is out now, in both paper-and-ink form citywide and digital PDF form on our website. Here, Editor-in-Chief Matthew Bossons introduces the magazine:
A year and a half ago, I was married in Nanjing, a beautiful and impressively clean city that serves as the capital of Jiangsu province. While there, my wife, daughter and myself visited the Nanjing Massacre memorial, a site paying tribute to the 300,000 people that were killed by Imperial Japanese troops in 1937 and 1938. It’s both a deeply disturbing and moving place, and I left Nanjing with a newfound respect for China’s elder generations and the horrors they endured at the hands of an invading army.
This month, Cameron Hack and the That’s Beijing team dive into the extraordinarily difficult times endured by a group of elderly Chinese folks, among them: survivors of Japanese atrocities committed during China’s war of resistance against Japan and women forced to bind their feet to secure a husband. It’s sobering stuff, and you can read their fascinating stories on pages 36-45.
In our City section, I chat with Zhang Yue, the only PRC national to participate in the 2018 Mongol Rally. Zhang can only be described as a rad woman, and she’s seen more of the world at age 34 than most people do in their entire life. Meet her on page 12.
In the second half of the magazine, in our F&B section, we take a look at Guangdong’s developing coffee farming industry. If you didn’t know that coffee is grown in Guangdong, you’re not alone: I too was surprised to learn about the province’s coffee farms (but now that the That’s PRD team has visited them, I can confirm they are very real). Read all about South China’s caffeine come-up on page 50.
I’ll wrap this up by wishing everyone a safe and joyous Spring Festival. And, from the whole That’s PRD squad, we hope you have a prosperous Year of the Pig!