Inkstone Index

Inkstone Index

Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Index features a single, illuminating number that helps you make sense of China.

Black Lives Matter gets more support from Asian-Americans than whites, poll says
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Index features one important number about China to give you insight into the rising power. 75%: the proportion of Asian-Americans that expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020.  The protest movement following the police killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, in Minnesota has received wide support across ethnicity groups in the US, according to a June survey from the Pew Research Center. Compared with 75% of Asian-Americans and 77% Hispanics, 60% of white Americans expressed at least some support. In all, two-thirds of the 9,654 surveyed Americans support the racial equality movement. For Asian-Americans, the Floyd protests
How do you sing karaoke during Covid-19? Under two hours
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Index features a single, illuminating number that helps you make sense of China. 2 hours: the maximum time Chinese consumers are allowed to spend at a karaoke bar.  Chinese consumers are allowed to spend a maximum of two hours on each visit to entertainment venues as part of the government’s efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The rules apply to karaoke bars, internet cafes and arcades, according to directives released by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism on June 22.  The Chinese government is allowing businesses to resume as the Covid-19 spread has been contained in most parts of the country. But worries about the virus remain, especially
China is getting a lot better at keeping babies alive
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Index features a single, illuminating number that helps you make sense of China. 5.6: the number of babies in China who die before their first birthday per 1,000 live births. For every 1,000 babies born in China in 2019, about 5.6 died before they reached 1 year old, according to government data released in June. China’s infant mortality rate for the first time matched that of the United States, which was 5.66 per thousand in 2018, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  China has narrowed its gap in infant health with other rich countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom, which have infant mortality rates of 4.3 and 3.5 res
The stark reality of China’s wage gap
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Index features a single, illuminating number that helps you make sense of China. $141: How much the poorest 40% of Chinese people make per month. China’s top economic data agency on June 15 said that more than 40% of China’s population, or more than 600 million people, earned only about 1,000 yuan ($141) per month last year. With $141 in China, someone could buy about 45 Big Mac meals or buy one pair of Nike Air Jordan shoes.  The data agency confirmed a figure quoted by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at a press conference in May that left many middle-class Chinese in disbelief. Some internet users expressed shock at how many people were left behind in China’
Chinese students want to study in America more than anywhere else
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Index features one important number about China to give you insight into the rising power. 43%: the proportion of Chinese students who considered the United States as their favorite place to study overseas in 2019. The appeal of the American education system remained strong last year despite escalating tensions between Beijing and Washington, fueled in part by a trade war. In 2019, 43% of 6,200 Chinese students surveyed by New Oriental, a language test preparation company, said they would like to study in the US, citing high-quality education as their main reason. But while the US was the top destination, the pull of American schools has diminished compar
TikTok knows how to open users’ wallets
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Index features a single, illuminating number that helps you make sense of China. $78 million: how much money users spent on TikTok and Douyin in April.  Short-video fans globally spent more than $78 million on TikTok and its mainland Chinese version Douyin in April.  The twin short-video services, from Beijing-based ByteDance, generated more revenue through in-app purchases than any other apps that are not games, according to San Francisco-based analytics firm Sensor Tower. The second and third highest mobile app revenue generators were YouTube and Tinder respectively. Advertising revenues, which make up the bulk of ByteDance and YouTube’s earnings, were
China is getting very old very fast
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Index features a single, illuminating number that helps you make sense of China. 2022: the year when China is expected to officially become an “aged society.”  By 2022, one out of seven people in China will likely be aged 65 years or older, according to a report from the Chinese research firm Evergrande Research Institute. In 2019, that number was one in ten. An “aged society” is defined by the United Nations as a country where more than 14.3% of a population is at or above the age of 65. An “aging society” is when that age group makes up 7.2% of the total population.  China’s aging population, coupled with a low birth rate, is one of the most pressing pr
Online shopping is exploding in China
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Index features a single, illuminating number that helps you make sense of China. 710 million: the number of online shoppers in China.  The number of people in China who shop online reached 710 million in March 2020, according to the state-run China Internet Network Information Center.  The number has grown by 100 million from the end of 2018. Currently, more than half of China’s 1.4 billion population are buying things online. E-commerce has become a massive industry because of the growing spending power of China’s middle class. Also, the proliferation of online payment methods, as well as the low cost and efficient delivery infrastructure, has helped co
Digital gap between China’s cities and the countryside is shrinking
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Index features a single, illuminating number that helps you make sense of China. 3.6 percentage points: the gap between the ability for rural and urban Chinese youth to access the internet. Young people in rural China are catching up with their city counterparts when it comes to going online. About 94% of urban Chinese youth have access to the internet, compared to 90.3% of rural youth, according to the China Internet Network Information Center, a government agency. The difference of 3.6 percentage points shrank from last year’s number of 5.4 percentage points, the center said in a report on internet access for people between the age of 6 and 18. China s
Inkstone index: China’s dwindling marriages
7.2 per thousand: China’s marriage rate in 2018. The Chinese marriage rate has been falling for five years in a row since 2013, hitting a new low last year, according to the country’s National Statistics Bureau and Civil Affairs Bureau. The number, which comes as China grapples with a falling birth rate and a mounting number of divorces, reflects growing anxiety among younger Chinese who are worried about salary, housing and jobs. In 2013 the marriage rate was 9.9 per thousand, and it’s fallen steadily to 7.2 per thousand to 2018, the statistics show. China’s marriage rate increased steadily from 2006 and peaked at 2013. The falling marriage rate is directly linked to a region’s income leve