Hong Kong Anime-Game-Comic Con 2015: merch, toys, mobile games and a Chinese Hatsune Miku

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Panoramic photo of the entrance booths at ACGHK2015
Gundam and PS4 dominated the main entrance at ACGHK 2015

ACGHK, Hong Kong’s closest equivalent to the San Diego Comic-Con, comes hot on the heels of the book fair every year in late July. Attended by a much younger (and more male) demographic, the “animation, comic & games expo” is, in reality,…

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Your surrogate-cool-cousin guide to creativity and karaoke in China

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In case you haven’t noticed, organizational designer and ethnographer extraordinaire Christina Xu has joined us here at 88 Bar. She was responsible for our articles about Chinese people looking at QR codes, Chinese public mascots, amongst many others.

Just today, she’s announced her latest endeavor: Multi Entry, a guide to China of the young creative Chinese people. Through two months of fieldwork this…

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Hong Kong Book Fair 2015: a hodgepodge of concepts, publishers and distributors

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The view upon entering the book fair from the main entrance

Unlike book fairs elsewhere, the Hong Kong Book Fair targets the general public. Instead of a fair where publishing companies to get together to negotiate rights and licenses, the Hong Kong Book Fair is a giant discount-books supermarket, where visitors are encouraged to buy in…

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Our very own job board for tech/media/design in Asia

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We’ve been pretty quiet about it, but a while back, Tricia and I got together with our friend Adrianna to launch 88 Gong – the world’s first job board for tech/media/design gigs in Asia. Since its inception, we’ve had over 400 postings featuring jobs from not only China but also India, Singapore, Malaysia and countless other places. Plus, we’ve been fortunate…

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Robots, Diaper Monitors and Putin: What We Saw at Maker Faire Shenzhen 2015

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Photo of Maker Faire mascot

Now in its fourth year, the Maker Faire Shenzhen was bigger than ever. Aside from ever-larger booths and robot sculptures (see above), there was also a much larger corporate presence from sponsors, and, given Premier Li Keiqiang’s recent interest in “maker culture,” probably a great leap in government support. In short, Maker Faire Shenzhen has grown up.

As with Maker…

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Like Apple, Xiaomi has its own cult followers

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In light of Mary Meeker’s recent statistic from KPCB’s 2005 Internet Trends report (slide 163):

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I wanted to revisit Stratechery’s previous article about Xiaomi’s ambition to become a high-end, all-purpose consumer electronics brand for China.

First they quote a New York Time’s report that has…

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Hardware Makers Thrive in the Grey Area of Chinese IP Rights

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From bunnie’s blog:

About a year and a half ago, I wrote about a $12 “Gongkai” cell phone… that I stumbled across in the markets of Shenzhen, China. My most striking impression was that Chinese entrepreneurs had relatively unfettered access to cutting-edge technology, enabling start-ups to innovate while bootstrapping. Meanwhile, Western entrepreneurs often find themselves trapped in a spiderweb of IP frameworks, spending more money on lawyers than on tooling. Further investigation…

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An icon font for Chinese provinces and East Asian countries

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From Haoyun Su:

Inspired by ProPublica’s StateFace, EyesAsia is a web font focusing on East Asia. In brief, you type a letter and get a mini map in return (open-sourced on Github). It includes the following shapes:

  • East Asian countries, such as Japan and South Korea.
  • China’s provinces and cities (administrative level one).
  • China’s five major lakes, such as Taihu Lake, Qinghaihu Lake.

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