Things Around China

Chinese Perspective on South China Sea

Yesterday The Hague released its ruling on China’s questionable claim to the South China Sea, and as expected, it was not in China’s favor. Also as expected this has resulted in shrill cries of victimization from China, depicting itself as the target of bullying by the United States and Japan.

Below an example – a comic which I came across today. The original version in Chinese is on the right and a version which I translated is on the left:

Chinese comic on South China Sea

The South China Sea debate is leading to a lot of expat discomfort, as China predictably pulls nationalist strings to promote the “East versus West” narrative. It is not good for anyone but on this particular issue, neither side can step down.

This is a good overview of the current situation: No Stepping Back by Wu’er Kaiti.

2016-07-13T11:56:27+00:00 Wednesday, July 13th, 2016|

Does Chinese Internet Culture Exist?

This week I attended the inaugural “Chengdu Internet Culture Convention”.

Throughout my time there, meeting people and listening to speeches about the development of Chengdu’s IT infrastructure, I was plagued with a single thought: can Chinese internet culture exist?

In the TED clip above, a Chinese blogger goes into great detail about what the “Chinese internet” entails. Is the formula below accurate?

Chinese internet culture = block each and every international Web 2.0 service, and then clone it for a Chinese audience.

This is something that you will never hear inside China. It takes Chinese people traveling to far-away places like Edinburgh Scotland to make a case such as this, which undermines everything that the Chinese internet claims to be.

2017-03-18T17:14:17+00:00 Tuesday, July 31st, 2012|