Category Archives: civil society

Weibo: Twitter on crack – Tricia Wang

Twitter should have a thorough look at their Chinese Weibo competitors, says tech ethnographer Tricia Wang in an interview with FastCompany. Being picture-based is just one lesson they can learn, she argues.

Online charity: China’s drive for trust and transparency – Tricia Wang

Free lunch, a Chinese crowd-sourced fund, took off amid charity scandals and public skepticism about giving money. Internet watcher Tricia Wang describes in UKWired how a former journalist free lunches for thousands of malnourished kids by building trust and transparency.

Weibo, a force in the public debate – Jeremy Goldkorn

Weibo, China’s twitter-like microblog, is changing the public debate very fast, tells internet watcher Jeremy Goldkorn in The National. Even authorities have problems in taming the digital beast, he says.

Churches are needed in a harmonious society – Zhang Lijia

Illegal house churches continue to suffer from government prosecution. Wrong, says the author Zhang Lijia in The Guardian. Religious movements should be accepted at a positive force.

How to keep Chen Guangcheng relevant – Zhang Lijia

What is Chen Guangcheng’s future, wonders author Zhang Lijia, as she recalls her earlier meetings with the blind lawyer and his diligent way to make a difference in China. How can Chen stay China’s bright and honest son, she asks in The Diplomat.

June 4th and later – Zhang Lijia

Celebrity author Zhang Lijia of “”Socialism Is Great!”: A Worker’s Memoir of the New China” recalled yesterday at her weblog the dramatic events of June 4, 1989, and looks ahead at the future of China in the years to come.

Zhang Lijia on political reform in China – Hangout-on-air

On Thursday 31 May the Beijing-based author Zhang Lijia will answer questions on political reform in China in an upcoming Hangout-on-air. Are we seeing merely window-dressing, or are there real options for change. Basis will be her opt-in in the New York Times, where she sounds rather pessimistic.

What Chinese want – The Atlantic Review

Why the Chinese will not become like the Americans, explains China advertising expert Tom Doctoroff in his latest book “What Chinese Want: Culture, Communism and China’s Modern Consumer”. The Atlantic summerizes one of his key viewpoints.

Gaining personal freedom in a caged country – Zhang Lijia

During her last-week speech at TedxMongkok in Hong Kong author Zhang Lijia described the differences in personal freedom from the time she worked in the rocket-factory in Nanjing and how in Beijing. A growing freedom in a cage, summarized on her weblog.

An anti-foreigner sentiment on the rise – Marc van der Chijs

Personally, he is not worried, serial entrepreneur Marc van der Chijs writes on his weblog, but the anti-foreigner sentiment in China has become stronger than ever during his 12-year stay in the country. Social media and political changes are moving faster than ever.