Holiday Preset: Focusing on Self-Care Before the Festivities

Some people are pulling back — in socializing, spending, eating — not to avoid Covid, but to bolster their mental health. NYTimes New Year’s Eve Alyson Krueger Original Source: NY Times >>

Gen Z Americans Embrace Nostalgia With Miffy, the Dutch Bunny

Hordes of young adults in North America are embracing joy and childhood nostalgia with Miffy, a poker-faced, fictional, Dutch bunny. NYTimes New Year’s Eve Sanam Yar Original Source: NY Times >>

5 ways 'Red, White & Royal Blue' is different from the book

Prime Video’s adaptation of Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue is as fluffy and sweet as the original novel, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some major differences between the book and the film.Directed by Matthew López, the movie still focuses on the relationship between Alex Claremont-Diaz (Taylor Zakhar Perez), First Son of the …

From lake science to bones to snails, these TikTok accounts are STEM treasure troves

Since its inception, TikTok has become an arbiter of culture, memes, and even political organizing, all while curating eerily specific For Your Pages for its users full of dancing videos, funny filters, and viral songs. But one of its most promising uses is connecting more people to fun, educational accounts, spanning the range of science, …

In China, It’s Time to Splurge Again, and the Luxury Industry Is Relieved

The end of pandemic-era restrictions has unleashed a luxury spending rebound in China. Which Western brands are coming out on top? NYTimes New Year’s Eve Elizabeth Paton and Keith Bradsher Original Source: NY Times >>

2 Arrested in Hong Kong After Dousing Police With Water Guns

Songkran, a traditional Thai festival, often involves splashing and squirting. But the continuing crackdowns on all forms of dissent in Hong Kong made things different this year. NYTimes New Year’s Eve Tiffany May Original Source: NY Times >>

Flowers, Fresh Fish and Movies: China Is Spending Again, Cautiously

The outlook for the world’s second largest economy is brighter as consumer spending picked up after “zero Covid” was lifted. But scars remain from the harsh pandemic restrictions. NYTimes New Year’s Eve Keith Bradsher Original Source: NY Times >>

It’s as if Nothing Ever Happened Here in China

China left its vulnerable people to fend for themselves in a deadly Covid outbreak. NYTimes New Year’s Eve Lucy Meng Original Source: NY Times >>