A still from TV series “Nothing but Thirty,” 2020. From Douban

The Life, Death, and Potential Rebirth of China’s ‘Taitai’ Housewives

Sixth Tone
6 min readAug 17, 2020

Late last month, a reporter with Sixth Tone’s sister publication, The Paper, reached out to me for comment on China’s latest televised hit: “Nothing but Thirty.” The recently concluded show centered on the lives and struggles of three 30-something women, but it was Gu Jia, a high-powered businesswoman-turned-housewife, who arguably attracted the most attention.

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