What drove me to write this blog today is my experience this past weekend, when I was honored to host the gala following the handprint ceremony for director Feng Xiaogang here in Hollywood. “China’s Steven Spielberg” Feng Xiaogang is the very first Chinese director ever to be immortalized on the Walk of Fame with this honor. I’m sure others will follow in the years ahead.
Greetings from sunny L.A.! Spring is here, and I’ve been having such fun playing with Dave and our girls. Lila now is 2.5, and it’s such fun to see her gaining new words in Chinese and English every day. Playing tennis makes me feel fit and strong The May issue of Trends Health is on [...]
An MIT graduate student recently analyzed the users of Sina Weibo and found that 60% of the users are women, but men comprise twice as many of the users with over 5,000 fans. The title’s study: More women on Weibo but men’s voices are louder. I was thinking about this study last night when I went to bed. And then I imagined a dark and joyless world….
Amidst all the bad news about how newspapers and magazines are suffering the USA, I’m always heartened by the wonderful successes of China’s fashion media. Some people regard the fashion media as frivolous, but I believe they play a serious and important role. And not simply about the important subjects of beauty and fashion (yes [...]
Note for English readers: The term “leftover woman” is one of the most-discussed topics in China today. It refers to women who are still single by the age of 25 or 27. If this sounds rude to you, you would be amazed at the level to which this term is popularized across Chinese society. And [...]
My latest column for the Wall Street Journal China addresses the pernicious prejudice against women that somehow we come with an expiration date – after our late 20s, we are no longer beautiful or valued. I personally believe we women can be lovely and amazing at every age. The column is inspired by my photo shoot last week with Marie Claire China (and includes photos!).
You might assume that since I didn’t have babies until after having enjoyed a big career, I’d have been immune to the women’s malady of burnout. And yet, both times after I gave birth (at ages 39 and 41), I fell into a stupor of overwork.
Last Friday, I went back to Los Angeles City Hall to help celebrate the 10-year anniversary of “Cash for College,” a program which connects students and their parents with the public funds to help them go to college.
Businessweek last week reported that Chinese women are driving up enrollment at business schools across the United States. So much female Chinese talent is going global! I’m excited by the potential for Chinese women to rock our world. Unfortunately, there’s still this problem of a society which defines women by marital status.
Leftover women are the modern urban women most of whom have high education, high income, and high IQ. They are nice-looking, but they are relatively demanding in choosing spouses so that they haven’t found ideal partners for marriage. – China Ministry of Education, 2007
The world is shifting radically. Global Rencai is an advice blog on the new rules of the game. My name is Joy Chen (陈愉). I’m a Chinese-American former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles and author of the book "Do not marry before age 30" available in Chinese in China. This blog is my valentine for all the world’s Chinese talent. To subscribe to the blog, enter your email address at right.