Category Archives: civil society

Receiving hate-mail after my Yueyue story – Zhang Lijia

Author Zhang Lijia’s analysis of the death of toddler Yueyue, ignored by 18 passersby, in the Guardian has been praised as one of the better ones on the gruesome story. But not everybody appreciated the story and she has been flooded with hate-mail, she writes on her weblog.

The new global consumer: Chinese – Tricia Wang

Researcher Tricia Wang sends us through her websitea telling advertisement from Guangzhou depicting the new global consumer: a Chinese couple, served by a while male. “The entire global economy right now depends on the Chinese elite and middle-class to spend.”

Why the Chinese, and the Americans, do not feel they are winning – Janet Carmosky

Unstoppable economic growth, more wealth and growing political leverage has not made the Chinese citizens really happier and they find themselves in a dead-end, like the Americans. Self-declared sino-centric Janet Carmosky explains why we need more than only a GDP number in the Scenario Magazine.

A nation of 1.4bn cold hearts – Zhang Lijia

The world, including China, reacted with shock at the pictures of toddler Yueyue, overrun by cars and ignored by passersby, hit the internet. Social commentator Zhang Lijia shares the feeling, but tries also to explain in The Guardian, why it happened.

Internet users want games and porn – Tricia Wang

Sociologist Tricia Wang analyzes on her website the wonderful world of shanzai, or the mobile knockoffs that are so popular in China. More than features, she tells, Chinese internet users want games and porn on their Nokia N9 knockoff.

Dealing with Chairman Mao – Zhang Lijia

China’s younger generation sees Chairman Mao Zedong as one of the most admired people, writes author Zhang Lijia on her weblog, recalling a meeting under one of the few statues of Mao in Shenyang. The difficult relation with a former leader.

Why censoring the “Super Girl” show does not help – Zhang Lijia

China’s broadcast authorities cancelled recently a hugely popular Idols-like TV show called the ‘super girls’. Author Zhang Lijia explains on her weblog why those heavy handed censorship methods do not work anymore.

Migrants’ dreams and technology – Tricia Wang

Sociologist Tricia Wang investigates the dreams and ambitions of migrants in China, and their usage of mobile phones and the internet. Agenda Beijing interviewed her on her findings and how her search fits into her own life. A snippet:

Why the Chinese read fewer books – Zhang Lijia

Drooling foreign publishers are trying to enter the Chinese market, like recently on the International Book Fair in Beijing. But author Zhang Lijia warns on her weblog for too high expectation, as the already limited number of books per Chinese is even dropping.

Fast internet key for innovation in China – Bill Dodson

Author Bill Dodson muses in his hot pot podcast whether real innovation in China is possible when the internet has the slowest possible speed and keeps information away from the people who need it. He believes the censored internet curtails innovation.