Category Archives: Shenzhen

The people behind my novel Lotus – Zhang Lijia

After the first raving reviews of Zhang Lijia’s book Lotus: A Novel on prostitution in China, interviewers dive into her research and how her novel relates to real people. At ChinaReadings Mike Cormack takes a look at (among others) the photographer Zhao Tienlin.

IPO-hungry tech firms might jump the queue in China – Paul Gillis

Financial authorities in Beijing are playing with the idea to give tech firms a faster-track IPO in China, says accounting professor Paul Gillis at his weblog. Taking away some of the cumbersome restrictions for IPO’s in China might lead to the expected ban of variable interest entity or VIE’s, a side-track allowing Chinese firms to list in the US, he suggests.

An uplifting book on a sad subject: review of Lotus by Zhang Lijia

Commentator Dan Southerland of Radio Free Asia is clearly touched by the moving book Lotus: A Novel by Zhang Lijia on the life of prostitutes in China. “An uplifting book on a sad subject,” he says about the book.

Fintech, mobile and social commerce in 2017 – William Bao Bean

China is becoming fast one of the most innovative markets, explains Shanghai-based managing director William Bao Bean of the Chinaccelerator. Fintech and mobile will leave their marks on 2017, he explains to a non-Chinese audience. While startups have a hard time to find funding, 9% of the startups in Shenzhen get one million US dollar in funding. In stead of joining foreign multinationals, young Chinese prefer now an entrepreneurial career.

Unsung heroes – review of Lotus, by Zhang Lijia

First reviews of journalist Zhang Lijia´s touching Lotus: A Novel, are coming in, like here from the Star Tribune, focusing on the Chinese migrants, the unsung heroes who made the country´s economic development possible. “Lotus and Bing, as well as the secondary characters, feel like real, rounded human beings. Zhang portrays them compassionately.”

The opportunities of sponge cities – Sam Crispin

Floodings and storm are pretty common in China, but since 2015 the concept of so-called sponge cities are developed to mitigate the potential damage. Real estate expert Sam Crispin, director Urbanization of PwC China explores in his article at LinkedIn the opportunities for foreign partnership in developing this concept.

More rich leave China in 2016 – Rupert Hoogewerf

The trend of China´s rich planning migration to other countries has increased to 60 percent in 2016, according to the latest report by the Hurun Rich list. A weaker currency and fear for a collapsing domestic real estate market are the main reasons, Hurun founder Rupert Hoogewerf tells in the South China Morning Post. The US topped the list, followed by Britain, Canada, Australia and Singapore.

Tencent´s cannibalistic culture – Andy Mok

Tencent’s culture is like a shark womb, tells innovation expert Andy Mok to Bloomberg. Since the internet giant became China´s largest company in market cap, interest in what makes the company tick has been growing.

Unseen China in Zhang Lijia´s Lotus – Review

Zhang Lijia´s upcoming novel Lotus: A Novel will only appear early 2017, but the first raving reviews are already coming in. Renowned Indian author Amitav Ghosh praises the story the main figure migrant Lotus and the way she ends up in prostitution.

Sex in a country without sex education – Zhang Lijia

Next year author Zhang Lijia will publish her novel Lotus, on sex workers in southern China, inspired by her grandmother. Caijing interviews her about this inspiration and about how sex changed in China.