Living Together

On communal living and sharing space

Larissa Pham
Jan 9, 2020 · 9 min read
Illustration by Louisa Bertman

Last summer, an article with the astonishing headline — “Seven Chinese girlfriends buy mansion to retire and die together” — went semi-viral, proliferating on my social media timeline like mushrooms popping up overnight. Rather than rely on husbands or other support systems in their old age, the seven women, all close friends, decided to buy and refurbish a house in rural…