Dating While Trans in China

New York-based NGO Asia Cat­a­lyst esti­mates that there are more than 4 mil­lion trans­gen­der indi­vid­u­als in Chi­na. Yet many Chi­nese peo­ple only know one: cel­e­brat­ed dancer and talk show host Jin Xing. Jin is het­ero­sex­u­al — mar­ried to a man, with three adopt­ed chil­dren — so many assume that this iden­ti­ty applies to all trans­gen­der peo­ple.

How Lightbulbs Watch You Buy Groceries

In an enor­mous gro­cery store in north­ern France, the lights above the aisles aren’t all they seem to be. They look ordinary—more than a mile and a half of fix­tures exud­ing bright light, fold­ed into a grid overhead—but they’re actu­al­ly flick­er­ing faster than the human eye can see. The unique pat­terns each indi­vid­ual sec­tion of light­ing emits are a 21st-cen­tu­ry twist on Morse code, meant not for peo­ple, but for the cam­eras on their phones.