Author Archives: Jason Li

Maker City: Hong Kong

Reposted from my personal blog. Last Sunday, I was invited by the Institute for the Future as part of its Maker Cities program to speak about how makers are working to improve the future of Hong Kong. I was joined by other representatives from all over (New York, Kathmandu, Tel Aviv, Shanghai…) I’ve included the slides […]

Back the new edition of the Kowloon Walled City book!

We posted some of photographer Greg Girard’s photos a while ago, and it looks like they’re ready to jet set a new edition of their book along with previously-unseen photographs and research. Back out their Kickstarter now.

Join us at Maker Faire Shenzhen in April!

Join us at the upcoming April 6th Maker Faire in Shenzhen! For starters, Lyn will be speaking there alongside an international cast of researchers, hackers and entrepreneurs. And there are also a series of great workshops, including a course by a “mommy hacker” (pictured above) for kids interested in electronics. More information at P.S. […]

A new blog on “moving images & digital creativity in and around China”

Helmed by our friend Sam Culp, the POV by P.I.G. blog gives us a fascinating look at the worlds of film, digital advertising, and (for lack of a better term) art in China. Below are some highlights from their recent posts. An interview with Shanghai-based designer Francis Lam, who made an iOS app that lets […]

The Sticker Wars: WeChat’s creatives go up against Line

ICYMI, the background for this story: “Line” is a chat app for iOS/Android. It’s from Japan. It sells different sets of stickers, well-illustrated emoticons. Line is probably the first chat app to find a booming revenue model. (See TNW.) Other chat apps (WeChat, KakaoTalk, Kik) have caught on and have quickly implemented their own version […]

Book Review: My First Trip to China: Scholars, Diplomants and Journalists Reflect on their First Encounters with China

My First Trip to China houses a collection of accounts from early, foreign visitors to China about their first impressions of the country as it was slowly opening up in the 70s and 80s. Each account is separate from one another, though the writers are predominantly North American and academic in some shape or fashion. […]

Father-child reality TV show also a hit in China

Where Are We Going, Dad? (爸爸去哪儿) is a reality TV show starring celebrity fathers and their kids, the latest Korean import that’s a huge hit in China. In it, father-child duos compete with one another on tasks assigned by show organizers. We get to watch as awkward fathers try their hand at parenting, a practice […]

Behind the Scene at the Toy Factories of China

I stumbled across this imgur the other day that featuring photographer Michael Wolf’s work on Chinese Factory Workers & the Toys They Make:

Cheat Sheet for Hardware Startup Accelerators

Here’s the link to the original Google spreadsheet. Please feel free edit! * * * What’s interesting about the data above is that there are two programs that criss cross China, and a bunch that don’t: HAXL8R starts in Shenzhen and does their final demo day in San Francisco; it’s all about an immersion in […]

Documenting the Toishan-US migration

From Kickstarter: I need your support to return to Toishan, China, and complete my photographic and historical documentary project tying together my family history and the larger story of the Chinese-American diaspora and emigration abroad. Over the next several years, I will spend six to twelve months in China, photographing and interviewing Toishanese families, many […]