Category Archives: civil society

China’s war against poverty – Sara Hsu

China has lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty and president Xi Jinping vowed to give the last millions of poor also a better life. Economics professor Sara Hsu of the State University of New York explains in CCTV what the country’s receipt for poverty relief has been.

The amazing shows by China’s tycoons – Jeffrey Towson

The world looked with awe when Alibaba’s chairman Jack Ma performed as Michael Jackson during a massive show for employees and customers last week. But Chinese tycoons like to put up a show, says Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson to CNN. Western CEO’s seldom let themselves go (perhaps with the exception of former ABN Amro CEO Gerrit Zalm).

Why a drag queen at a funeral? – Ian Johnson

Strippers are invited at funerals in Taiwan, drag queens in Sichuan. Author Ian Johnson of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao discusses at ChinaFile how those drag queens are rooted into society.

Women: key spenders on China’s Single’s Day: Shaun Rein

China single’s day (28 August) triggered off a range of commercial activities. Business analyst Shaun Rein looks on AFP at the industries focusing on this attractive target group. Women play a key role in consumer spending, he says.

The blurring online lines between personal and business – Shaun Rein

Communication in China has changed into a completely different ball game, most Western visitors fail to get. Especially the blurring line between personal and business communication is key to understand, says business analyst Shaun Rein at Knowledge CKGSB. For example for recruiting.

Bike sharing: catching on – Paul Gillis

Bike sharing has met mixed reactions in China, including Beida professor Paul Gillis, who wondered earlier this year whether the investments made business sense, while they are already expanding internationally. The business case still has to be proven, Paul Gillis now admits on North Carolina Public Radio, bike sharing has changed his urban life for the better.

Buddhism and freedom in prostitution – Zhang Lijia

Author Zhang Lijia of Lotus: A Novel on prostitution in China discusses Buddhism, freedom and fun as part of the background for her book with Radii China. “Without the inhibition of writing in my mother tongue, I can take an adventure in my adopted language” .

How a game changes society – Matthew Brennan

The Honor of Kings, a uniquely popular online game, is profoundly changing the Chinese society, says social media expert Matthew Brennan at eMarketer. Launched in November 2015 by tech giant Tencent, it even triggered off concerns by China’s leadership.

Silkroad, a short story – Zhang Lijia

Author Zhang Lijia, author of the bestseller Lotus: A Novel, wrote a short story, the Silk Road, for Discovery the magazine of Cathay Pacific and tells in an interview about her preferences while traveling and a new book project on China’s left-behind children.

The success of Fo Guang Shan – Ian Johnson

Religious groups in China have had different degrees of success, depending on their relations with the authorities. Among the Buddhist Fo Guang Shan, has been the most successful, writes author Ian Johnson of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao in the New York Times. Has Fo Guang Shan changed China, or is China changing Buddhism, he asks.