Illuminating reality: VR startup explores new form of story-telling

When the train silently approached the station at La Ciotat, the audience broke into a panic. People screamed, running for their lives, fearing that the train would come straight at them, bursting from its screen. This is the story of one of the first-ever film screenings, showing the arrival of a train in a minute-long, […]

Head in the game: A hijab for women athletes

Gulzat Ahmad excelled at basketball when she was a young girl growing up in Urumqi and Shanghai. But her hoop dreams were dashed by a problem that had nothing to do with her on-court skills. It’s about her head scarf or hijab.

Young Tsinghua graduate makes it happen in digital video startup

by Monica Wang Zhu Feng prepares herself for every challenge. When she landed an interview with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair during her journalism studies at Tsinghua University, she spent hours in the school library learning intimate details about the Middle East peace envoy, even the name of his dog. When she was learned…

Jackie You thinks outside the box, plays by her own rules

by Linda Lew Four years ago, Jackie You was a rising star, the 39-year-old CFO of a NASDAQ-listed Chinese company with a turnover in the hundreds of millions and more than one thousand employees. Now, the casually dressed but elegant financial advisor runs a startup, which has four employees and is based out of shared…

Commercial photographer proves that passion beats bottom-line

by Martin Hall Larsen Growing up in the Dutch capital of The Hague, Chi Qing was always surrounded by beautiful landscapes, blooming flowers and some of the world’s most famous art treasures. “I have always known that I wanted to work with something creative, and I have always been interested in art,” the 34-year-old photographer…

Traveling the world from a guesthouse in PingYao Ancient City

by Alexis See Tho The thwack of a cleaver slicing on a wooden block and the smell of fresh coffee fill the air. A hissing cloud of boiling water escapes from a wok steaming traditional Chinese buns. It’s 7 a.m. at Jiaxin Guesthouse in Pingyao City in rural Shanxi Province. The guesthouse is 700 meters…

Saving newborns: A doctor quit her job to meet a greater need

by Leslie Zhang In the past two years, Gao Jingxiang has gone from obstetrician to an entrepreneur. The 33-year-old doctor and expert on fertility studies created “Happy Mom Pregnancy” after seeing too many cases where lack of information led to the deaths of Chinese infants. “I do this, because I have witnessed the lamented loss…

From first bloom: A Chinese florist finds her calling

by Marta Redigolo The marriage between economy, marketing, creativity and willingness is the heart of Zou Tong’s business. She is a young passionate entrepreneur with the desire of enhancing the network between people through a network of flowers. The alarm rings early in the morning. A flow of thoughts, like a sudden aura, unconsciously starts…

The Art of Food: Former Russian artist opens a Chinese culinary school

by Zoya Rusinova Elena Timofeeva, a happy housewife and mother, moved to Beijing from Moscow more than 20 years ago. Raising her daughter far from her native land, she never imagined that one day she would call herself an entrepreneur. Timofeeva is a tall, beautiful woman with an insightful gaze. Her outward appearance gives the…

One business at a time: Former UN worker bridges China-Africa gap

by Eva Rishon Hannah Ryder, with a caramel tan and carefully groomed cornrows, sits quietly at Nooxo, a gentle smile on her face. Her dewy skin has a charming glow to it. Is this what post-pregnancy glow looks like? “I’ve always had an interest in China,” Ryder said. “I have been interested in China because…