Educate yourself! These are communities of teaches and learners, groups dedicated to expanding your horizons and broadening your knowledge of culture, history and more.
Ladies Wine & Design host monthly events to encourage women in 180 cities to build relationships and work together within the creative industry. The significantly lower percentage of female art directors inspired the founder to create a healthy, welcoming community for women to support one another through mentorship circles, talks, and creative meet-ups.
Laowai Ladies Shanghai is a group chat for foreign women living in Shanghai. Not only is it a safe place to chat, find friendship or look for fun, it's also to ask for help, offer support or network.
Originally, La Mafia Latina, was established in 2016 founded by Nancy Vegas. It was later reformed to Latinas Clan by Catalina Del Castillo, a community of women helping each other on everything from tips around the city to moral and financial support. It welcomes all Spanish-speaking women and women who are passionate about Latin culture that live in China, not only in need of tips but also moral, financial, emotional and professional support. They have around 400 members.
A newly formed community that allows people to find 1-1 language exchange partners. Their WeChat group in Beijing had up to 200 and the Shanghai group is still expanding.
Chopsuey Magazine is written in Spanish by Hispanics living in China or connected to the country. With clear theme per edition (the first one was Relations), each volume includes long-form essays, nonfiction, interviews, and reviews; all content is related to China in some way.
Historic Shanghai was founded in 1998 with the goal of preserving Shanghai’s unique history by raising awareness and appreciation of its heritage architecture and social and cultural history. The group does this primarily through monthly walking tours through different historic neighborhoods and on different themes, as well as talks, conferences, books, and articles.
The Richest Women in Shanghai allows women the access to the financial education they deserve so that they can make smart and empowered decisions about money. The concept is based on the book The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason, but twists the gender roles to meet the needs of intelligent and modern women living in Shanghai. They want women to know how to make informed decisions about their finances, and also to direct them towards services and products that can accelerate their personal financial goals.
Language Mix meets up weekly to exchange different languages and meet new people from around the world. Put on some flag stickers that represent your native language and the languages you want to learn and join a group.
Shanghai Queer Film Festival (SHQFF) is the first independent LGBTQ-themed film festival in Shanghai. Launched in 2016, they run a series of events every September to celebrate queer cinema and culture. Their team is run entirely by volunteers, who put together screenings and discussions on queer films, as well as film-related activities like practical workshops, parties, and forums. All of their events are open to the public for free.
Ladyfest is a community-based, not-for-profit global music and arts festival for feminist and women artists.
A newly founded Mahjong Club that teaches foreigners how to play it and gain some Chinese cultural experience. They offer Mahjong courses and weekly mahjong games. The bill at the Mahjong playing place is splited by everyone who attends it.
Ladies Who Tech was started in 2017 by women who are involved in STEM industries (science, tech, engineering and maths) and hope to inspire more women and girls to pursue similar careers. In the past they have organized events such as "In Action" and "D&I Leadership Power Breakfast" with the aim to bring companies and community together to engage in dialogue. June 2018 saw them host their first convention with keynotes, breakout sessions, workshops, startups pitch, and a job fair attended by 1000 people. They currently have groups in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Chengdu.
The WeChat-based LBT Group provides year-round support and community, through events both big and small. Smaller social events are held 1-2 times a month to grow a network and foster relationships. In addition to the social component, One Love also creates a space for learning by inviting experts to educate the community on LGBT topics.
ShanghaiPRIDE is an annual LGBTQ celebration of diversity. Established in 2009, ShanghaiPRIDE was the first PRIDE event to take place in mainland China, and is organized entirely by volunteers with the support of individuals, media, businesses, and foreign consulates. They aim to raise awareness and promote acceptance of the LGBTQ community through sports, cultural, educational, and social activities. They also encourage the community to support LGBTQ-related projects and initiatives.