Educate yourself! These are communities of teaches and learners, groups dedicated to expanding your horizons and broadening your knowledge of culture, history and more.
Nous Parlons Français is a bi-weekly meet-up group for French language exchange at Café des Stagiaires at Found 158 . The language exchange is free to join and all levels are welcome.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A relatively active community with frequent meetings organized through Meetup for anyone interested in learning and practicing Chinese, English or Spanish in Shanghai. Resources and support are provided for beginners.
The Royal Asiatic Society China in Shanghai is a scholarly society devoted to furthering the understanding and appreciation of China and Asia-centric themes amongst the international community residing here. Through its diverse lecture series, monthly art and history focus groups as well as fiction and non-fiction book clubs it aims to inspire and enrich cultural life in Shanghai. The RAS library offers a stunning collection of over 4000 books (in English) as well as rare archival material housed at the historic House of Roosevelt on the Bund. It also publishes an annual journal comprising of original academic articles and book reviews.
A global community dedicated to women who travel. Currently in 150 cities and growing regularly, each community has a volunteer Community Manager that organizes women to connect offline as well as online. In China, there are currently six active communities with more opening throughout the year. They organize 3-5 events monthly from museum gallery visits to brunches.
One of Shanghai's oldest English-speaking network of queer women in Shanghai. The group is also one of the organizing groups of ShanghaiPRIDE. Reach out to them through their Yahoo Group contact to be added to their active WeChat groups.
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.
Asian Bananas in Shanghai is a community that aims to celebrate the unique blend of eastern and western cultures. The majority of their members are of Asian heritage who have spent some part of their lives in the west. They have created a supportive forum where members can share their experiences of living in Shanghai through regular face-to-face events and an online chat group. Brunches are regularly organized for members to hang out together. Other events have included: World Cup football night; beer tasting; bananas in the park (a.k.a. picnic); and strawberry picking.
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.
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.
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.