Sitting in a locked-down block in Beijing’s hutongs, I’ve come to miss the dozen or so delivery drivers who regularly leave packages for me and my neighbors in the courtyard. Fang zai zhuozi shang—put it on the table—is probably my most often said Chinese sentence every day.

I read an interesting question the other day: Imagine you had to draw a delivery person. What would they look like?

So, did you imagine a woman?

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Heather Mowbray

Heather Mowbray translates economics and social interest stories from her loft in the Beijing hutongs, where she's lived for a decade. She is training to be an interpreter so she can finally interact with...