Category Archives: civil society

How do you define religion, and other questions for Ian Johnson

Author Ian Johnson got quite some people thinking after his most recent book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao hit the bookshelves. Some of them got stuck with questions and for Oclarim Johnson answers some of them. How does he define religion, and why are the Tibetans and Uighurs not included.

How Dolce&Gabbana messed up their China operation – Shaun Rein

Fashion brand Dolce&Gabbana got blamed for racism by its Chinese customers after using a promotional video, celebrities withdrew from a show planned for Wednesday in Shanghai and the brand withdrew its goods. The damage to the brand will be lasting, says branding expert Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order to AP.

Chinese women remain on top of rich lists – Rupert Hoogewerf

Chinese female entrepreneurs remain on top of the rich lists, says Hurun chief researcher Rupert Hoogewerf at the publication of the 2018 top 50 “Hurun Women Entrepreneur List” of 2018 at the Pandaily. The gender gap with their male colleagues remains, he adds, with a difference of 30 percent between men and women.

Ian Johnson joins PhD program with study on civil society

Journalist Ian Johnson, author of the bestseller The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, will join a PdD program with Philip Clart at the Leipzig University with a study on urban religion and civil society in China.

Why Americans do not want to hear China is ahead in technology – Kaiser Kuo

Americans find it hard to get China is ahead of them in terms of technology and innovation. Chinese American Kaiser Kuo sits down with Steve Sjuggerund of the Daily Wealth to discuss his observations after he spent two decades in China, partly as communication director for internet giant Baidu.

China luxury consumers: it’s complicated – Ashley Dudarenok

The Euromonitor divided up China’s luxury consumers into five categories, to make life easier for marketers selling to them. Marketing veteran Ashley Dudarenok, author of Unlocking the World’s Largest E-market: A Guide To Selling on Chinese Social Media, applauds the effort, but thinks the market in China is more complicated than that, she tells in the Jing Daily.

Why “House of Cards” got a massive following in China – Tom Doctoroff

“House of Cards” might be a cynical parody on US politics, millions of Chinese also enjoyed the Netflix production and hade it a huge impact in China. Cultural expert and China expert Tom Doctoroff, author of What Chinese Want: Culture, Communism, and China’s Modern Consumer, explains to the Washington Post why. “It essentially confirmed that our government is not so different than theirs.”

How long format videos become popular in China – Ashley Dudarenok

Short entertaining videos of 15-30 seconds were hot in China a few years ago, says vlogger and marketeer Ashley Dudarenok on her vlog, but the internet population is moving to a long format, that is three minutes. Viewers really want to be part of your life, she says.

Why women are high on China’s rich list – Rupert Hoogewerf

Women might be scarce at China’s political platforms, but on the China rich list, they are doing very well, says Hurun China Rich List publisher Rupert Hoogewerf tells the China Daily. “China accounts for 60 percent of the world’s most successful female entrepreneurs, while Chinese women make up one-fifth of the world’s female population,” he says.

Divided Catholics face Beijing-Vatican deal – Ian Johnson

China’s central government and the Vatican closed a deal on appointments of Catholic bishops in China, causing debate among the already divided Catholics in the country, writes journalist Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao at the New York Times. The way the Communist-ruled state church might integrate with the Roman Catholic church might not please all Catholics, he writes.