Drawing inspiration from China’s subtitling and dating communities

Posted on by Jin Ge

Editor’s note: Our very own Jin Ge recently spoke at The Conference by Media Evolution 2014 on how designers can draw inspiration from China’s subtitling and dating communities. You can watch the entire talk above.

Some of the highlights include:

  • How his team at IDEO learned that subtitling groups, who volunteer to…

Continue readingDrawing inspiration from China’s subtitling and dating communities

Why Should I Care About the Power Transition in Beijing?

Posted on by Jin Ge

The 18th CCP Congress is going on right now in Beijing, I was lucky enough to be invited to BBC TV and BBC radio to comment on this once-in-a-decade power transition. Before that, I was asking many ordinary people around me about what this moment means to them. Some cannot care less, as they feel they have zero influence on the outcome. Some are watching…

Continue readingWhy Should I Care About the Power Transition in Beijing?

Middle Class Losers

Posted on by Jin Ge

State Capitalism Watch column banner

On June 4, I was invited to talk about middle class discontent on BBC World’s live program Impact. Since it was June 4, as a self-protection I again spoke optimistically about the future of Chinese middle class. The truth is even my friends and I, considering ourselves part of China’s middle class, often swing between extreme optimism and pessimism about…

Continue readingMiddle Class Losers

Shanzhai State of Mind

Posted on by Jin Ge

State Capitalism Watch column banner

The literal meaning of Shanzhai (山寨) in Chinese is “stockade village on the mountain”, many factories of Shanzhai products indeed started as small underground workshops in marginalized areas. But Shanzhai has evolved from the synonym of low quality copycat to a mode of production so efficient that even the global tech giants have to take it seriously. Culturally Shanzhai is…

Continue readingShanzhai State of Mind

The IPO Farce of People’s Daily: Washing People’s Brain with People’s Money

Posted on by Jin Ge

State Capitalism Watch column banner

The website of People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of the CCP, is now a listed company in the Shanghai Stock Exchange. The company raised 1.4 billion yuan (US$222.2 million) in its IPO, nearly three times the amount it hoped for. On the first day of its trading, its stock price surged 76%. Before People’s Daily’s IPO, some pro-democracy activists said that…

Continue readingThe IPO Farce of People’s Daily: Washing People’s Brain with People’s Money

From Heaven Bank Note to iPhones, Popular Gifts to Your Ancestors on Spring Memorial Holiday

Posted on by Jin Ge

State Capitalism Watch column banner

Last week is the Spring Memorial Holiday (清明节)for Chinese, it is the time for people to go sweep the tombs of ancestors and loved ones, and pay them some tribute. We Chinese believe that you can send gifts to the dead by burning the gifts in front of their tombs. Popular tributes include fake money (from fake gold and…

Continue readingFrom Heaven Bank Note to iPhones, Popular Gifts to Your Ancestors on Spring Memorial Holiday

Star Microbloggers Making Impact and Money on Sina Weibo

Posted on by Jin Ge

Although Sina Weibo (微博), China’s top microblog network, is still not making any profit, the trend setters who have a large number of followers on Weibo already found some ways to monetize their online influence. Many celebrities on Weibo, from film stars to athletes to public intellectuals who already had many fans before they started microblogging, find Weibo a powerful site for self-promotion; but I…

Continue readingStar Microbloggers Making Impact and Money on Sina Weibo

Combining Social Media with E-Commerce, New Model of Monetization for Sina Weibo

Posted on by Jin Ge

Yesterday (Feb 17) Sina Weibo (China’s leading microblog platform )and Ctrip (China’s leading online travel service provider) just announced their new collaboration through which you can find good hotel and flight deals from Ctrip by simply posting your travel requests on Sina Weibo (similar to Twits) then @Ctrip. I tried it by using my android phone to post shanghai+hotel@ctrip, within several seconds I got suggestion…

Continue readingCombining Social Media with E-Commerce, New Model of Monetization for Sina Weibo