Tag Archives: Politics

Sinica: Time to leave China?

I did my valedictory Sinica last week, with usual suspects Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn. My departure and the broader meme of foreigners-abandoning-China was part of the discussion, but we also got into some political stuff regarding Xi Jinping’s “great … Continue reading

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Rectified.name: Coverup? Huawei Should Send Its PR Bill to ZTE

I’ve never been much for conspiracy theories. Not that I don’t like a touch of the fantastic in my daily life (I live in China, after all). But when you think about the sheer logistics involved in most of the … Continue reading

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Rectified.name: I’ll Be the Judge of the Air Quality in These Parts

When I was young, lithe* and had elastic knees I studied the Japanese martial art Aikido. Aikido is interesting for a couple of reasons. First, despite what you saw in all those Steven Segal movies, it is very much bound … Continue reading

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Rectified.Name: Good News! The Press is Out to Get You!

A couple of weeks ago I gave a talk about PR in China to a journalism class at Beijing Foreign Studies University. In any student talk the Q&A is always the most fun, and this group was no exception. Among … Continue reading

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Sinica: Muckraking with Chinese characteristics

Another Sinica podcast this week, this time focusing mostly on a favorite topic of mine: Media corruption in China. We were lucky to have Caixin editor Li Xin as a guest. Caixin is one of the handful of Chinese publications … Continue reading

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Rectified.Name: Facebook + Instagram + China = Take a Deep Breath

So, Facebook bought Instagram for a billion bucks. Awesome for those guys. I, alas, did not get rich in either of the Internet startups I participated in. But you can’t put a price on experience, right? Deep sigh. Anyway, Instagram … Continue reading

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Sinica: Weibo comment shutdown and end of the expat package

After a longish break I was back on Sinica to discuss this week’s three-day comment moratorium on the Chinese microblogging services and the evergreen “death of the expat” topic. David Wolf was the other guest, with Jeremy Goldkorn and Kaiser … Continue reading

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Rectified.name: Facebook’s China Playbook

As you have undoubtedly heard by now, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his girlfriend* were spotted in Shanghai on Wednesday. This has lead to a completely predictable round of speculation as to whether this signals some new development in Facebook + China. This sort of navel … Continue reading

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Sinica: The gutter oil podcast (and props from City Weekend!)

I was back on Sinica this week for a lively discussion of China’s serial and apparently unsolvable food quality problems as well as SARFT’s recent ban on Hunan TV’s smash hit performance competition show, “Super Girl.” As usual, the guests … Continue reading

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Did Han Han seriously dis Barack Obama?

There was a minor flutter on the China-Twittersphere a day or two ago after Channel News Asia posted a video of a lengthy interview with Chinese uber-blogger/novelist/race-car driver/heartthrob Han Han. It’s worth watching the whole discussion, embedded below, which winds … Continue reading

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