Category Archives: civil society

Why China is not becoming like us – Tom Doctoroff

One of the major misconceptions about China is that the country and its citizens will become more like us, the Americans, writes Fortune. Wrong, says China watcher Tom Doctoroff in his latest book What Chinese Want: Culture, Communism and China’s Modern Consumer. A review in Fortune.

China’s failing soft power – Zhang Lijia

The Ferrari crash in Singapore by a rich Chinese, killing three including himself, triggers off another debate on China’s moral crisis. Author Zhang Lijia addresses at Channel Asia the issue of people getting rich too fast.

Ambition: getting filthy rich – Bill Dodson

American youngsters want to become lawyers or accountants, but Chinese all want to become financial traders, China watcher Bill Dodson muses on his weblog, after talking to his neighbor’s daughter. Where is this country heading for?

Ten popular misconceptions about China – Tom Doctoroff

Hard landing of the economy or no hard landing. Getting the China story right is tough for Western observers, says China-watcher Tom Doctoroff, author of What Chinese Want: Culture, Communism and China’s Modern Consumer. Forbes lists his ten popular misconceptions.

China found its public sphere in the internet – Kaiser Kuo

In a decade the number of internet users in China grew from 22 million to 513 million, creating the country’s first publish sphere ever, cause great changes in society, tells Baidu communication director Kaiser Kuo to

A wedding in modern China – Zhang Lijia

Weddings are a nice and festive mirror of a society. Celebrity author Zhang Lijia went to the wedding of her sister’s son and describes the day-long extravaganza on her weblog

The history of Chen Guangcheng – Zhang Lijia

Author Zhang Lijia was one of the first who helped to write stories about the blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng for Western media. Like the story in 2002 for Newsweek, reposted on her weblog. “We have to fight for our rights ourselves.”

Dancing with handcuffs, trust building in China – Tricia Wang

How come a student from China’s country side ends up throwing shoes at the architect of the elaborate internet censorship systems, and gets away with it? Sociologist Tricia Wang told at the Lift conference in Geneva how building trust relationships in China go through a major shift.

A more subtle management of internet censorship – Jeremy Goldkorn

While the government is still firm in control, the online debate in China has become more outspoken, and the authorities rather try to manage the information flow, rather than shut it up, tells internet watcher Jeremy Goldkorn in the Global Post.

An outspoken internet generation – Tricia Wang

Despite ingenious internet censorship, China’s internet users has always been able to circumvent those filters to a certain degree. Sociologist Tricia Wang see even a new group emerging, who is becoming more outspoken, under their own name, write Global Post.