has broached a range of topics typically off-limits in socially conservative China including sex, sexism and status.
The show, which just completed its second season, centres around five young women from different backgrounds who are neighbours on the same floor of a smart Shanghai high-rise apartment called .
The show, which just completed its second season, centres around five young women from different backgrounds who are neighbours on the same floor of a smart Shanghai high-rise apartment called "Ode to Joy." It made headlines in May with a scene in which character Qiu Yingying bursts into tears at the sudden breakdown of her relationship.
"He asked me whether I am a virgin," she sobbed, after her boyfriend stormed out upon discovering she was not.
Zhang and her young contemporaries - though far from uniform in their views - are much more open in their attitudes to sex than their conservative parents and increasingly aware of the need for protection against sexually-transmitted diseases.
This sex savvy generation is set to spur sharp growth of the country's condom market, a key driver behind a deal by Chinese investors to buy the world's no.
The course begins with issues that are personally relevant to young people – mate choice, love, marriage, sex and family – with a view to help them think about the historical and cultural roots of values concerning love, sexuality, marriage, and family life in China.
It was only when Chao hit adulthood that a younger friend explained to her that “the baby comes out from a woman’s vagina.” Chao’s experience is far from unusual in China, where sex education is patchy and more often nonexistent, says Yao Sifan, an 18-year-old Beijing high school student.
Until Chao Rong was 18 years old, she thought that giving birth was easy.
After 10 months of being pregnant, a woman’s belly would “open naturally, and the baby [would] come out.” “I had this idea because when I was small, I watched a ghost movie.…
Chao remembers a school friend from Jinan in Shandong province who, when she was 17, kissed her boyfriend at the time and was worried that she would get pregnant.
Given the state of sex education in China, it’s hardly surprising that such misconceptions exist.
"The programme talks about the two things that Chinese care about the most: class and love.