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duals look in real life without the posing, the filters, the photoshopping and the professional hair and make-up,” Martz said.
Pan, the Renmin University researcher, also believes that pi
ctures shared frequently on social media impose peer pressure on women.
“If people around you look thin on WeChat Moments, you are inevi
tably anxious to fit the general profile of having the ‘right look’,” she said.
Articles have also gone viral in summer on WeChat Moments, with sensational headlines such as “Good-looking girls never
weigh more than 50 kilograms” or “If you don’t lose weight in May, you will cry out loud in June”.
Shen Zijiao, a psychological consultant at Beijing Normal University, said: “Women don’t know what kind of beauty is best for th
em; they just thumb through their phone screens and get the notions of ‘being slender’ consciously or uncons
ciously. They always worry if their bodies are inconsistent with the so-called perfect body shape.”
m in which airborne particulate matter is present. The lower the ceilin
g is, the higher the density of pollutants which then mix with the cleaner air.
With a low mixing layer, Taihang mountain range to the west and the Yanshan mountai
n range to the north serve as walls that form a semi-closed “room” in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster.
The high level of emissions is the major reason for air pollution in th
e greater Beijing area, and meteorological conditions also play a key role as an exte
rnal factor, said Xu Xiangde, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences.
Zhang Xiaoye, Xu’s colleague, said the “marked effect” of continuous pollutant accu
mulation on meteorological conditions could make overall pollution even worse.
“After the accumulation reaches a certain level, it will further wor
sen the meteorological conditions, which then will further affect air quality, causing explosive
hina’s economic growth will remain stable in the first quarter, and is expected to land at 6.3 percent or even higher year-on-year when it is released this week, e
conomists said after some economic indicators for March surprised the market on the upside.
“Downside pressure began to ease in the first quarter, as signaled by the r
ather substantial recovery in various economic indicators in March,” said Yao Jingyuan, form
er chief economist at the National Bureau of Statistics and a researcher for the Counselors’ Office of the State Council.
Chinese banks’ lending in yuan, a leading indicator for the real economy
, surged in March by 1.69 trillion yuan ($252 billion), up 52 percent from a year earli
er, according to the People’s Bank of China, the central bank. The manufacturing purchasing managers inde
x for March, which was back into expansion territory, may be a sign of accelerating industrial activities.
Exports in March also picked up, rising 14.2 percent in US dollar ter
ms from a year ago, versus 0.1 percent for the January-February period, customs data showed.
o eye with his fan.”I buy a lot of albums, and it is the design of the covers that catches my eye first,” Yang
tells the fan. “Apart from the quality of the sound on the record, these things are pieces of art.”
In the two-hour meeting, they listen to the new vinyl and talk about their affection for physical records.
“I recall the summer of 1993 when I was 20 years old,” Yang says. “I bou
ght cassette tapes of the Chinese rock band Tang Dynasty and the rock singer-songwriter
Cui Jian. The songs coming from these spinning tapes stunned me and I wanted to make music like them. That’s wh
y I still stock and support the physical format. It’s something for me to keep and something to hand down to my kids.”
For Wang Zhuohui, owner of Free Sound, Yang’s arrival is one of a series of events to celebrate Record Store Day.
Wang’s shop does its bit for Record Store Day by staging live performances, fan meetings and ex
clusive releases. Record Store Day is a way to help keep a dying industry alive, Wang says. For him one big attra
ction of record stores is that unlike social media where everything is delivered at the push of a button, they offer a p