Shanghai Family's January/February Issue is Out Now!

New beginnings

by Sarah Forman | Mon, January 08, 2018

Living here in Shanghai, we are fortunate enough to find ourselves in a world full of opportunity. Not only do we get to celebrate the coming of the new year on January 1st, but we are soon-after followed by another week of refresh in February with Spring Festival, or chun jie, just around the corner. It’s the perfect time of year to take stock of where we are, what we’ve done right, what we’ve learned from our mistakes, and where we want to go next.

Chinese New Year Hongbao

While I can’t tell you how sad I am to have said “see you later” to my friend and mentor Alex Purcell Garcia, I’m also immensely excited to be able to continue running the magazine that she worked so hard to bring to you, our readers. With change comes opportunity, and it couldn’t be more fitting that this month, our first issue of 2018, is dedicated to just that.


Our cover story Starting Anew, explores three journeys of navigating the troubles, and reaping the benefits, of very different major life changes. Ronni Rowland shares her own reflections on raising a teenage daughter in Shanghai and what learning to let go really looks like when the time comes. Whether you’re celebrating your first or your fifth Chinese New Year, we’ve got everything you need to know about kicking off the Year of the Dog just right, but if you’re already planning a warmer get-away, Alex Purcell Garcia has a hot take on the beaches of Langkawi, Malaysia. Whatever country she’s in, you can expect to see her name in the pages of this magazine.

Langkawi Malaysia

Transitions can be tough, and we’ve got a cold few months ahead of us – which is why we’re helping you beat the winter blues with a green thumb indoors and giving you the tools to help your kids do the same with Abbie Pumarejo’s education and development piece on mindfulness for kids. If you’re looking to brighten up your look, not just your attitude, Color MAD nail polish has also got you covered. We ended the year by talking to the students of The British International School Shanghai, Puxi about moving forward and looking back, and packed in a great recipe to start your day off right with Hanady Awada’s, Fresh Fruit Danishes.

Fresh Fruit Danishes

Finally, we want to give a special thank you to Barefoot Studios, and the winner of our cover model competition Mateus Campos! For a special new year promotion from them, be sure to check out our Fresh Tips. We hope you enjoy this issue, and here’s to a fresh start for us all.

Sarah Forman

Sarah Forman

Acting Managing Editor