Three Moments With WeChat

Posted on by Christina Xu

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On the morning of his wedding day, my cousin’s fiancé waited impatiently for Likes so that he could retrieve his bride.

Inside the apartment building, he and his groomsmen would have other trials to face: drinking vile concoctions of vinegar and wasabi, doing pushups, and liberally bribing everyone for hints to impossible trivia questions. But to get into the building at…

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Ethnographic dispatches: Spring 2015

Posted on by Tricia Wang

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 in the era of big data”:

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Mascots: the Cutest Social Police?

Posted on by Christina Xu
Image via Wikipedia.
Image via Wikipedia.

In the years leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Fuwa (福娃, “dolls of good fortune”), the official Olympic mascots, were everywhere: on billboards, in TV ads, made into stuffed toys, and erected as mini-statues in malls and airports all across the country. Since then, hyper-cute anthropomorphic mascots designed through public contests have become all…

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An icon font for Chinese provinces and East Asian countries

Posted on by Jason Li

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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.

More at…

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A Look Back: Our Writing on Internet Culture & Graphic Novels in China

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Editor’s note: This post was commissioned by The London Book Fair, who wished to offer attendees in its upcoming conference an introduction to internet culture, graphic novels and book culture in Greater China.

 

Internet memes are alive and kicking in China, though they might not be the ones we’re used to seeing. If you only had time to learn about one Chinese meme, it would have to be the obscenely-named grass…

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