Beijing-based business strategist David Wolf is the author of a new book on China’s telecoms industry: Making the Connection: The Peaceful Rise of China’s Telecommunications Giants. Read more
Posts from the ‘Consumer culture’ Category
As millions returned to work after one of the most stressful holidays in years on Monday October 8, the Tenth Annual Guangzhou National Sex Culture Festival was finishing its last day. “Look at the time,” Professor Zhu Jiaming, one of the organisers, said delightedly. “Three hours before closing on the last day, and it’s still packed!”
Congested, overflowing, dirty and just not all that much fun - that’s what the front page of today’s Sanxiang City News (三湘都市报) from Hunan (湖南) province thought of this year’s Golden Week holiday that finished yesterday. A host of front pages today carry the similar refrain of a Chinese holiday turned sour by endless crowds, record numbers of travellers, gridlocked traffic, and mountains of trash left behind. Read more
Kids in Xiamen are apparently some of the unhealthiest in China. As the Haixia Daobao (海峡导报) from Xiamen reports today, nine out of every ten children in Xiamen have eyesight problems, two out of ten are obese, and rates of malnutrition and tooth decay are higher than the national average. These are some of the findings that were revealed yesterday when the education department in Xiamen released a report entitled The Physical Health Situation for Primary and Secondary Schools in the 2011-12 Academic Year in Xiamen (2011至2012学年厦门市直属中小学及区属监测点校学生健康体检情况), which reported data for close to 65,000 students. Read more
Digital publishing has been around since the early days of the Internet in China: literary websites first appeared in the late 1990s. First accessed via desktop computers, users are now more likely to use mobile phones, e-readers and tablets.
Today, around 200 million Chinese people read digital publications, and serving the market is a wide range of mostly Chinese companies with a similarly wide range of e-readers, formats and platforms. With an as yet incomplete regulatory environment, the market resembles a formless, chaotic mass with endemic copyright infringement. Yet as the various competitors strive to produce the one device and one platform that will outshine the rest, the digital publishing market in China has a lot of business and publishing potential, even if its not currently clear when the market will sort itself out properly. Read more
This week’s post focuses on women’s bodies in China. An interview with cultural critic Zhang Ning explores changes in the perception of beauty, as made manifest by the results of recent beauty contests; writer Li Puman reflects on the ethical issues of pre-birth sex identification in light of patriarchal values that prefer boys to girls. Read more
This week’s digest proposes three personal reflections on urban life in contemporary China. All three posts are well-crafted pieces of creative non-fiction that explore relationships, interpersonal feelings and a sense of place, from a male and a female perspective. All three were published over the last month on 1510.
Chaoyang district occupies a big chunk of the properous east side of Beijing city containing the new CCTV building and the “Central Business District” or CBD, the heart of which is a multi-lane spaghetti junction connecting Jianguomenwai Boulevard and the Third Ring Road. In June 10, 2010, the Chaoyang district government published the following announcement on their website:
Recently, a cartoon girl with black hair and big eyes comes into the life of Chaoyang residents. The little girl, named Luo Baobei, is the Cartoon Image Ambassador for Chaoyang District to bid for National Civilized Urban Area. Read more
The top headline in today’s Chongqing Times: “Chongqing’s fattest man – how did he get that way?” The accompanying picture features this man riding an escalator wearing a too-small shirt that exposes his belly, and another man behind him surreptitiously taking a photo on his cell phone. The editors were also kind enough to publish this man’s measurements on the front page in large type: 1.65 meters tall, and 342 jin (171 kilograms or about 377 pounds). Read more