Category Archives: civil society

Making it into the Lonely Planet and Wikipedia – Zhang Lijia

Zhang Lijia, the author of the wildly successful “”Socialism Is Great!”: A Worker’s Memoir of the New China” recently got her long-overdue lemma in the world’s online encyclopedia Wikipedia, and she guided the Lonely Planet Magazine through her home-town Beijing.

The emerging naked marriages – Bill Dodson

Celebrity author Bill Dodson tells on his weblog how ‘naked marriages’, without lavish banquets, bells and whistles, are on the rise in China. Love is most that matters, despite parental pressures.

Tricia Wang hits mainstream websites with sleeping internet users

It took a while, but Tricia Wang’s amazing set of pictures of sleeping internet users at cafe’s has hit mainstream websites, like Techrice and Shanghaiist. Tricia Wang researches the internet and mobile usage by migrant workers in Wuhan. Amazing it took so long.

Obesity: not yet seen as a health threat in China – Paul French

Obesity as a problem is growing for children in China, seen as a way to show off prosperity, tells Paul French, co-author of Fat China, in the US edition of the China Daily. Unfortunately, it is not yet seen as a threat for health care.

After the kids, mom and dad will get fat – Paul French

Obesity in China is mainly a problem for the children, says retail analyst and co-author of the book “Fat China” Paul French to The National. But after the kids, in the future, also the parents will suffer from overweight, like in developed countries.

Weibo stopped toeing the party line on rail crash – Jeremy Goldkorn

China’s successful microblogging service Weibo ignored the party line, as the online anger about the railway crash near Wenzhou exploded. Internet watcher Jeremy Goldkorn explains in CNN the government is trying to put the ghost back into the bottle. Yang Feng, who lost family in the crash, became an overnight hero.

Rating the internet cafe’s – Tricia Wang

Sociologist Tricia Wang researches mobile and internet behavior among China’s migrant population and rates the many internet cafe’s she visits between 1 and 10. Warm hot dogs are a plus, the protein of the internet cafe.

Breasts: big business in China – Bill Dodson

Plastic surgery on women is booming, together with the wealth of the Chinese consumers. On his weblog China watcher Bill Dodson reports about this wife’s visit to a clinic, with queues outside the building, together with their parents, paying for the operation.

Shenzhen Attitude – Mark Obama Ndesandjo

During a recent discussion with some children, I suggested a game. I proposed giving each of the 26 letters in the English alphabet a number: A is 1, B is 2, C is 3 and so forth. “Find me a word whose letters add up to 100,” I asked. “It has to do with dreams and success.”

Mark Obama Ndesandjo joins CSB

The Shenzhen-based business man, artist and charity activist Mark Obama Ndesandjo has kindly agreed to join China Speakers Bureau. In a few years time, he has has helped to put social corporate responsibility on the local agenda and is helping companies to enter the challenging China market.