A status update on China’s high-end industrial development

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China recently announced it will begin producing and selling its first large passenger jet (since 1980 according to Wikipedia). In response, James Fallows penned two great posts, with accompanying charts, about what this means for China’s industrial development. Here’s his summary from the second post:

The chart was a shorthand for the theme I had…

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Review: Ping Pong – the collective comics magazine

Posted on by Jason Li in Chinese Comics Review
Photo of the first two issues of Ping Pong
Photo from 乒乓繪本 on Facebook.

Ping Pong (《乒 乓》) is a new indie comics anthology featuring works from an up-and-coming generation of Hong Kong comics artists and illustrators. This new generation follows in the footsteps of alternative comics artists like Chihoi (智海) and Siuhak (小克), who grew in fame after the turn of the millennium;…

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Mobile-only design trumps mobile-first on China’s internet

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Kendra (whose writing we previously featured) writes about the state of Chinese web design in 2015 in Smashing Magazine’s On China’s Bleeding Edge: Web Design Trends 2015. Reporting on the advent of responsive, mobile-first design in China, she discovers that companies are instead going for a Wechat-friendly, mobile-only approach. In an interview with Saber Zou, head…

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Occupy Hong Kong one year later: the coming colonization of cyberspace

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Governments are increasingly playing catch-up and sometimes even leapfrogging ahead of social movements in the use of digital tactics.

A recent paper by Lokman Tsui, a professor at the School of Journalism and Communication of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and longtime member of Global Voices, offers a chilling look at how authorities in Hong Kong outdid…

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Digital murals of Cantonese proverbs and profanity… translated

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Digital mural of Cantonese profanity By Ahto

Graphic artist Ahto (阿塗) has just released his second digital mural documenting modern Cantonese in Hong Kong: this time, it features Cantonese profanity. Originally featured in City Magazine, Ahto has released an animated version online!

Kind commenters on the Cantonese subreddit have translated some of the terms depicted above. Here’s a selection of…

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Toy puzzle celebrating the Orochen, an ethnic minority in Northern China

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From their website:

Orochen Forest Family is a children’s wooden puzzle we designed after staying with one of the smallest remaining ethnic minority groups in Northern China, the Orochen. They shared with us stories about their cultural past, taught us the basics of their crafts, and took us into nature to fish and…

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China loves the lingo of games

Posted on by Christina Xu in Multi Entry

A few years ago, my mom called to ask for my advice on webcams. She explained (in the English-peppered Chinese that’s the official language of our Chinese-American household) that some of her friends had started sharing videos of themselves singing karaoke. She thought she could do better. “我想给她们PK一下,” she remarked: “I want to PK them a little.”

The term “PK” (or “Player Kill”)…

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How to say “hipster” in Chinese and other internet slang goodness

Posted on by Christina Xu in Multi Entry

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Christina’s Kickstarter campaign: Multi Entry – Telling the Stories of Young, Creative China:

Since a few of you responded enthusiastically to last week’s impromptu slang lesson, I thought we’d do another one! Today’s crop: 5 common slang words that are used a lot online and in texting. Figure out a…

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