Category Archives: media

Why ´60 Minutes´does a poor job on Africa – Howard French

Author Howard French of China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa is leading a campaign against the famous US news program ´60 Minutes´ and how they cover Africa. From the Humanosphere. One major problem: they mainly ignore local people.

Why McDonald´s is losing in China – Ben Cavender

McDonald´s used to be a winner in China, but has started to face dropping sales. Retail analyst Ben Cavender explains why the US firm is likely to keep on dropping in AsiaOne. Food scandals caused loss of confidence among the consumers, and McDonald´s has been unable to repair the damage.

Smog debate shows government takes pollution serious – Ian Johnson

Finally the government takes pollution serious, long after its citizens noted the dangers, concludes journalist Ian Johnson in ChinaFile, after a smog documentary was taken off the internet. But censors acted after 100 million Chinese watched the much-praised movie, that sparked off an unprecedented debate.

CCTV New Year Gala needs to be depoliticized – Zhang Lijia

Author Zhang Lijia looked – at the request of Al Jazeera – back at the history of the famous CCTV New Year gala, attracting each year hundreds of million viewers, with a major impacts on China´s citizens. Her main advice: “de-politicization of the show. The most important thing is to let people to have some fun as they deserve on the special occasion.”

Liu Yu, on the political debate in China – Ian Johnson

Journalist Ian Johnson interviewed democracy guru Liu Yu on her work and the political debate in China for the New York Review of Books. In this fragment they discuss how China´s internet users start to learn from those debates abroad, if they are interested, that is.

One (out of nine) rules for effective online content – Tom Doctoroff

Shanghai-based add guru Tom Doctoroff has been arguing since his book Twitter is Not a Strategy: Rediscovering the Art of Brand Marketing social media and traditional marketing strategies need to team up. In the Huffington Post he gives nine rules for effective online content, Here´s no.5 five, including Ford in China.

Twitter is a tool, not a strategy – Tom Doctoroff

Branding needs more than social media tools like Twitter or Wechat, says Shanghai-based author Tom Doctoroff of Twitter is Not a Strategy: Rediscovering the Art of Brand Marketing on his book tour. Virals on social media do not build a brand, nor sell burgers, he says.

Why mainlanders do not care about Hong Kong – Zhang Lijia

Some blamed heavy media censorship for the lack of interest at mainland China for the protests in Hong Kong. Author Zhang Lijia discovered mainlanders are genuinely not interested in Hong Kong. Her analysis at her weblog. Why the mainland and Hong Kong are drifting apart.

Economic changes produce different Chinese billionaires – Rupert Hoogewerf

The arrival of Alibaba´s Jack Ma at the top of the Hurun rich list, is part of a profound economic change in China, says Hurun founder Rupert Hoogewerf. New billionaires will be coming from new media and entertainment, while real estate, manufacturing and mining will lose their old positions, he tells in China Economic Net.

Ian Johnson joins China Speakers Bureau

The much awarded journalist Ian Johnson is joining today the China Speakers Bureau. Working in China since 1984, Ian worked for the Wall Street Journal as feature writer and bureau chief for twelve years.He is currently living in Beijing and Berlin as an independent journalist, working both for the New York Review of Books and the Wall Street Journal.