Category Archives: consumers

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.

Helen Wang’s “The Chinese Dream” to be published in China

The successful book The Chinese Dream: The Rise of the World’s Largest Middle Class and What It Means to You, on the ambitions of China’s middle class, will be launched in its Chinese later in August.

Why fast foreign food wins in China – Shaun Rein

Chinese consumers know that oil and sugar provide not a healthy diet, but they know that Western fast food brands in China at least keep a close eye on their production processes, unlike the Chinese competition. That is why they win, explains Shaun Rein in CNBC.

Why Nokia falls and Apple soars in China – Shaun Rein

While Nokia, the former leading manufacturer in China, is in heavy weather, Apple is booming in the same market. The difference, according to market analyst Shaun Rein in CNBC? Nokia lost the wealthy Chinese, where Apple is winning them.

Japan brands continue to dominate Asian consumer loyalty – Tom Doctoroff

Japan brands will dominate consumer loyalty in Asia, while China brands will offer them competition only in the long run, although they are learning fast, says JWT’s North Asia CEO Tom Doctoroff in CNBC.

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.

Furniture scandal hits consumers’ nerve – Shaun Rein

Losing the confidence of Chinese consumers is easier than gaining is, tells business expert Shaun Rein in CNBC, analyzing the most recent products scandal: the fake furniture scam. What can foreign companies learn?