Shanghai Family October Issue on Shelves Now!

Welcome to our Women's Issue

by Alex Sheffield | Fri, October 13, 2017

I love vintage TV.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some great new shows to check out right now, but you can’t beat a classic episode of Sex and the City. I was cozy on the sofa at home last night, watching the one where Miranda has a baby, and Big is about to leave New York – change is in the air. At the end, Carrie picks up the first russet colored leaf indicating that autumn as arrived.

Even though it first aired over 15 years ago (crazy right?), it’s still relevant today, as these four dynamic and strong women navigate their way through the different stages of their lives. It seemed fitting to me for many reasons, the foremost being that October is when we publish our Women’s Issue. In years since that episode we’ve seen many changes, with probably the biggest advances made in the world of technology; as highlighted by the old flip-phone used by Carrie, and Samantha wowing the others with her four-way conference call – on a land-line!


Today, women continue to go from strength-to-strength in many fields, and tech is no exception – as discovered in this month’s cover story Women in Tech (p 22). We meet five women pushing the boundaries in Shanghai, including our cover star Alena Kanushkina from TEK Shanghai. You can feel change in the air in our “city that never sleeps” as well. The breeze is cooler, and we’re reaching for jeans rather than summer slacks. I don’t mind though. In fact, for me, this is the best season. I’ve always felt that autumn is a great time of change, new beginnings. Maybe because we’re conditioned to feel as such as it’s the start of the new school year. But even now, in my mid-thirties, it’s still poignant. I met my husband 10 years ago at this time and we got married in autumn, so I’ll always get butterflies in my stomach when the trees turn. October in Shanghai is a great time. The weather is still relatively mild, yet you can grab a pullover to keep the chilly air at bay as the evenings draw in.

There’s also a great amount happening to keep you entertained, which Ronni Rowland explores in her feature 19 Ways to Celebrate Autumn. We hear one woman’s honest and compelling journey of being a mother to a child who lives on the other side of the world – something that many can relate to – in our feature Miles Away. Learn how to make some spooky treats in Food File, take a trip to Busan, South Korea with Abbie Pumarejo and her family, and hear from Shanghai dad Jun Liao about his three lovely children in Dad Chat. Special thanks also go out to Paper Shanghai (the hotel and co working space on Huaihai Lu) for letting us use their beautiful location to take the cover photo. From all the team here, we wish you a wonderful autumn. Happy reading!

Alexandra Purcell Garcia

Managing Editor