Ethnographic dispatches: Spring 2015

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Editor’s note: As some of you might know, 88 Bar members Tricia Wang and Christina Xu spent the spring of this year doing research and fieldwork around people and technology in China. Here we’ve excerpted some of the highlights from Tricia’s Instagram account.

 

First stop – a Tencent conference in Beijing headlined by a talk on “user research…

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A new form of sociality among Chinese youth: the Elastic Self

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Editor’s note: our very own Tricia Wang will be giving a livestream presentation of her dissertation research this coming Tuesday. Here’s what it’s about.

The sudden availability of social media and open-market capitalism is creating new spaces in China that are shifting norms and behaviors in unexpected ways. This research investigates and explains the phenomena of semi-anonymous interactions among Chinese…

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Example of a cultural mis-understanding forming a misleading business insight

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Reposted from Cultural Bytes.

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I love that The Atlantic has covered Red Associates’s work in ethnography and insights. They have brilliant ethnographers and I would recommend them as an awesome and insightful supplier.

Although the article contained a minor point that I believe is misleading.

These…

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Some initial thoughts about the popularity of QQ’s WeChat (aka Weixin)

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Shake it function (摇一摇)
Shake it function (摇一摇)

Excerpted from Bytes of China:

A few weeks ago, a conversation about the popularity of WeChat emerged on a tech mailing lists. Someone posted several reasons why they thought WeChat was more usable than Skype. They listed several technical reasons, such as ease of use, great mobile interface, and more efficient…

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Inspiration for the future of cars from resource-constrained vendors in China

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A father-son team work together in a workshop modifying three-wheeled vehicles in Guizhou, China.

China is now the largest car market. But many Western companies are discovering that simply transferring cars designed for Western users do not always appeal to Asian users. Point in case GM’s Cadillac, a car built for…

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An infamous Chinese hacker becomes a “security professional”?

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image: iDefense
image: iDefense

Up until now, Wicked Rose has been infamous for one thing, being a prolific hacker. He exploited Microsoft Office security holes in the US Defense Department and obtained sensitive data for over two years before being discovered.

But it appears that Wiked Rose is exploring a new career path.

Investigative reporter,

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The First Wankathon in China: First Masturbation Contest for World’s Aid Day in China

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Walkathons are boring, wankathons are not. Who wants to watch people  walk when you can watch people masturbate? The first Masturbation Contest for World’s Aid Day took place in Shenzhen. The Shanghaiist has a set of wonderful pictures of men without pants, floppy dildos, dolls with orfices to stick fingers or penises into, and personal cum buckets. (Shanghaiist’s removed the…

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Where are all the creative Chinese people? hanging out in hacker spaces apparently

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Finally we get some sense of history to hackerspaces outside of the West from Silvia Lintner and David Li in their latest co-authored article in Interactions, Created in China.

In September 2010, China’s first hackerspace opened its doors in Shanghai under the name XinCheJian (literal translation: new workshop, or new factory). Only a year…

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