The Huffington Post published a “Women to Watch” segment on women in tech, including our cultural sociologist Tricia Wang, currently writing a book on her experience in China. “Everyone knows that you don’t ask someone what their anonymous name is.”
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Tricia Wang is a cultural sociologist. She’s studying how people use technology there, but not the early adopters of iOS 6 or the folks excited by the “floating” TV at CES. Instead, these are the users of imitation “shanzhai” phones, the immigrants who sleep in Internet cafes, the working-class commuters who rent DVD players for hourlong trains rides.
Wang is a rising star in pop-academia; her Instagram photos (and wonderful commentary) have been featured in Fast Company, while the Atlantic has glommed onto her notes on Weibo, China’s Twitter-analogue. But perhaps her most interesting observations are on the (lack of) a culture of trust in China. In an interview with Canvas8, she talks about how China’s “history of people trying to rat each other out”has made Internet culture there surprisingly intricate and difficult to navigate.
“If you have a bad day, you don’t put that on Renren [China’s Facebook] – you create an anonymous account on a different site,” she said in the interview. “There are all these other social networks where people participate in these anonymous groups. And everyone knows that you don’t ask someone what their anonymous name is.”
- China hacker: between capital and the state – Tricia Wang (chinaspeakersbureau.info)
- Why banning China censors from the US is wrong – Tricia Wang (chinaspeakersbureau.info)
- Lack of trust hinders creativity – Tricia Wang (chinaspeakersbureau.info)
- Tricia Wang – what Chinese youth can teach us about the future (creativeagencysecrets.com)
- Instagram Ethnographer (researchfordesign.wordpress.com)