Category Archives: Profiles


WHO China Director Sees New Role in Changing Country

Bernhard Schwartländer has been the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in China since 2013. Prior to that, he held positions in organizations such as UNAIDS, the World Bank and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The German national has worked in...


Afghan Student, Writer Sees China as a Step Toward her Dream

Maneza Mohammad Ali has no clear memories of Afghanistan. Her family, including her parents, three younger brothers and grandparents, left Kabul in 1992, shortly after the start of the country’s civil war. Maneza was 3 years old. They resettled in Islamabad, Pakistan, where Maneza...


A Canteen Shopkeeper’s Beijing Dream

I don’t remember when the canteen in our community opened up. For me, it came out of nowhere. I am stunned when the shopkeeper tells me his canteen opened while I was in elementary school. After so many years, I should have some memories...


A Security Guard’s Beijing Dreams

“The future and past are dead. Seizing the moment is what matters,” Xue says. His words sound remarkably similar to a phrase I learned in my high school philosophy class: a man can never step in the same river twice. It’s surprising to hear...