Category Archives: civil society

Western marketeers fail to connect with China consumers – Ashley Dudarenok

Western marketers rely on stereotypes of the Chinese consumers, rather than connecting with them, says China marketeer Ashley Dudarenok in the Holmes Report. “the relatively sudden rise of the Chinese consumer, has given rise to a number of stereotypes,” she adds.

Fighting fake followers: hard to do – Ashley Dudarenok

Your number of followers might be an important metric for popularity, but figuring out who are fake or not is tough, in China, even more than elsewhere, says marketing expert Ashley Dudarenok. And at Weibo the problem is even tougher, she tells at Abacus News.

Prisoners: learning how to deal with e-commerce – Shaun Rein

Prisoners have to learn how to deal with a changing society before they leave prison. In China, it is obvious they have to learn how to deal with e-commerce, says business analyst Shaun Rein in Inkstone news.

Discussing the “Last Secret”, 30 years after Tiananmen – Ian Johnson

Despite desperate efforts by the government to push the events of June 4, 1989, at Tiananmen Square into collective amnesia, new documents have shed light on the events. Journalist Ian Johnson reviews the latest publication, The Last Secret: The Final Documents from the June Fourth Crackdown, for the NY Review of Books, and summarize what we have been learning over the past 30 years.

Women miss equal position in China – Zhang Lijia

Tradition and an unequal political system hamper women in their development in China, says author Zhang Lijia at the Addison Gazette. “Women are being left behind in terms of political participation and the salary gap between men and women is becoming wider.”

Discussing civil society, by Chen Hongguo – Ian Johnson

Organizing public debate in China is challenging, but former Xi’an professor Chen Hongguo does. Journalist Ian Johnson visited the book club Zhiwuzhi Chen established after he decided to leave university, and discusses how he manages to survive, for the NY Review of Books.

Privacy with Chinese characteristics – Matthew Brennan

Chinese surveillance technology, especially social credit systems and facial recognition, is seen by Western media as a final end to privacy. But Tencent watcher Matthew Brennan sees this innovation works differently on the ground, in China, he explains in Metro.

Why email does not work in China – Kaiser Kuo

China might have most internet users of the world, but getting an email to them is often hard, as most communicate through domestic social networks like Tencent’s WeChat. Email, unlike…

Facial recognition: the new normal in China – Matthew Brennan

A short video clip of Tencent watcher Matthew Brennan went viral, as he noted facial recognition tools at China’s airports. Most reactions from outside China were rather negative, he notes at CGTN, but in China itself, facial recognition is becoming the new normal. More debate is certainly needed, he adds.

Why US companies start to copy Chinese apps – Sara Hsu

Chinese apps like Tiktok and WeChat make inroads into the US, and American companies start to copy their features. Fintech analyst Sara Hsu says fierce domestic competition makes those apps better than what we know outside China, as younger generations like their lives through apps. So, if they do well, they can cater for much more than only chitchat, se tells at CGTN.