The volunteer team－led by Wu Liangliang, a security guard who has gained online fame for his fluent self-taught En
glish－has also been part of the site’s efforts to provide a more personal management style, in addition to the city go
vernment’s introduction of various measures, including a mobile app, to help tourists.
Larry Goodrich, from Seattle, who has been traveling with his wife
in the Yangtze River Delta for three weeks, lauded the volunteers’ contributions.
Having worked in the computer industry since “the era of brick-si
zed cellphones”, the 65-year-old said that while technology has provided unimaginable con
venience, traveling is about being a part of the destination and interacting with local residents.
“The human connection is always better,” said Goodrich.
that marriage is no longer the only place where people make all their
major financial and personal decisions, or incur obligations to others,” Coontz said.
“First of all, I haven’t met my Mr. Right. Also, I’m extremely responsible with my own finances – I have to pay my rent and my stud
ent loans every month,” said Michelle Yu, a recent graduate of the University of Southern California, who just s
tarted her first job at a publishing company in Los Angeles. Yu has been single for more than four years.
“So, if my partner also has a ton of student loans or is in a bad financial situation, I’d r
ather be alone,” said Yu. “Now, I can well manage my own money and I’m saving the down payment for bu
ying an apartment in my neighborhood. I like to do that on my own pace.”