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Asian Americans' WeChat-Fueled War on Affirmative Action - The Atlantic
"WeChat's impact has to be understood as an information environment as a whole — it's kind of like a fishbowl in which you have these different narratives that kind of cohere together, one of which is the neglect and marginalization of Chinese Americans"
news  identity  china  asianamerican  government  law  information  social  socialnetworking  socialmedia 
19 days ago by allaboutgeorge
A Generation Grows Up in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter - The New York Times
“Our findings suggest that censorship in China is effective not only because the regime makes it difficult to access sensitive information, but also because it fosters an environment in which citizens do not demand such information in the first place”
marketing  google  power  socialnetworking  censorship  asia  capitalism  internet  identity  attention  china  twitter  corporations  culture 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Alibaba v. Tencent: The Battle for Supremacy in China | Fortune
Each is the pride of their not-quite-first-tier hometowns: Alibaba of the ancient city of Hangzhou near Shanghai and Tencent of shiny-new Shenzhen across the border from Hong Kong. Finally, both touch an astounding percentage of the world’s most populous country: Alibaba’s various online marketplaces count 552 million active customers; Tencent’s WeChat messaging service recently surpassed 1 billion accounts.
china  internet  business  technology  asia 
june 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Meet the five urban Chinas
China’s unprecedented urbanization ensures that its cities will collectively shape and define national trends related to infrastructure, technology, and economic growth. And because those cities loom large on the world’s economic stage, their continued evolution will help dictate key global economic, social, and environmental outcomes.
news  china  asia  economy  cities  urban 
june 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Catapult | Writing Letters to Mao | Jennifer S. Cheng
All writers in some way compose love letters to their obsessions. A letter can be a document of deep ambivalences, contradictions, and silences, submerged in the complexities of shared and unshared histories. Or: a longing to locate two disparate points in an expanse of sky.
writing  china  asian  asianamerncan  memory  immigration  history  power 
april 2018 by allaboutgeorge
BBC News - Coming out as gay at Chinese New Year
Video of gay man coming out to parents on Lunar New Year is a huge viral hit in
China  from twitter_favs
february 2015 by allaboutgeorge
Year of the ChinaDroid | TechRice
Just as they do at home, Chinese manufacturers will start replacing Google apps on devices bound for the developing world. Rather than paying a license fee for Google’s suite of apps (Gmail, Maps, Chrome, etc.), these manufacturers want someone to pay them for pre-installs. Benedict Evans asks: “How many of these devices will have Google Play? How many users will install Google Maps? How many will come with a third-party web browser (from Tencent, say), one or two of the dozens of major Android app stores operating in China, or Amazon’s app store?” Expect to see Android devices in Jakarta, Addis Ababa, and Tehran that experiment with alternatives to Google apps. 
android  google  china  mobile  asia  business  technology 
march 2013 by allaboutgeorge
How Can Jeans Cost $300? - WSJ.com
Jeans makers say that manufacturing in the U.S., in addition to appealing to consumers, allows them to move quickly. When Jeff Rudes, founder and chief executive of J Brand, saw designer Jil Sander's electric colors in New York's Jeffrey boutique earlier this year, he asked his designers to come up with a hot pink and an emerald green color for jeans. Five days later, the first, small run of jeans were shipping into Barneys New York. Mr. Rudes says it typically takes his company six to eight weeks to make a pair of jeans in the U.S., compared with three to six months in China.
business  marketing  fashion  mexico  china  usa 
july 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Ni Hao's Your Chinese? - James Fallows - International - The Atlantic
Linguistically, things in other foreign languages that are easy to forget in seven months, like verb conjugations or noun declensions, are just not an issue in Chinese. The grammar lacks the baggage of endings in Romance and Germanic languages, and certainly Russian and Japanese that can go in one ear and out the other of language learners. I am grateful every day for the lightness, by contrast, of throwing out a string of simple Chinese words, one after the other, and not really caring if they're nouns, verbs, or adjectives because they can often be all of the above!

I know, I know, there are some other constraints and some regulated word order, but by comparison with most other languages, Mandarin grammar is easy. And the Chinese somehow grasp the gist behind clumsy word order, and quickly rearrange my words for me, like tiles in a game of anagrams.
language  china  asia  education  learning  speech  attention 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Columnist - Their Moon Shot and Ours - NYTimes.com
The Coda, 14,000 of which will be on the road in California over the next year and can travel 100 miles on one overnight charge, is a combination of Chinese-made batteries and complex American-system electronics — all final-assembled in Oakland (price: $37,000). It is a win-win start-up for both countries.
oil  gasoline  energy  hybrid  china  cars  electricity  oakland 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
In the Smartphone Era, Can Nokia Recapture Its Glory Days? - NYTimes.com
“Nokia faces competition everywhere,” says Sherief Bakr, a Citigroup analyst. “At the high end from Apple, in the midrange by Research in Motion, and by the Koreans and the Chinese in the low end.”
nokia  apple  southkorea  korea  china  blackberry  mobile  business 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Slate: If the economy's stagnant, why are stocks up? The answer is disturbing. - By Daniel Gross - Slate Magazine
The rising U.S. stock market and a weak, slow-growing U.S. consumer sector aren't really in contradiction. Given the large-scale trends transforming the global economy—and the role of large U.S. companies in it—it may be possible to have a sustainable rally in American stocks without a sustainable rally by American consumers.
social  investing  economics  stocks  finance  jobs  usa  china  russia  globalization 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Nokia Lifts the Veil on Its China Testing Site, but Why Now? | Technomix | Fast Company
The answer, it would seem, is amusingly basic. Nokia China's VP David Tang made a point that while made-in-China products still carry the bad PR of being low quality, it's not true for Nokia. The company uses the same production standards globally. And there's another angle too: Given the tour's emphasis on how nice the campus is, and how great the working environment, maybe Nokia's trying to distinguish itself from the stinky aroma now surrounding Apple's Chinese partner Foxconn after the workplace bullying-suicide incident. The timing, with Apple poised to release its Chinese iPhone version, just can't be coincidence.
nokia  mobile  china  apple 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Brad DeLong's "Our future as a financial colony" - THE WEEK
It's not that proxy contests will be initiated in Mandarin (although youngsters in Britain and America may well find themselves being sent to finishing schools in Maharashtra to purge themselves of their hillbilly Oxford or Boston accents and acquire the high-class English tones of Mumbai). But corporate bankruptcy will become a branch—probably the major branch—of international intrigue as governments find themselves dealt in whether they like it or not. And for the rest of us, "working for the man" will take on a brand-new—and foreign—dimension.
china  india  brazil  usa  business  finance  language  corporations  uk  government 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Similarities and Differences Between Indian and Chinese Social Media Users | Gauravonomics Blog
Out of the next billion Internet users (and the next billion mobile users), a substantial number will come from emerging economies like India and China, which are also the two most populous countries in the world. Therefore, to understand the future of new media, it’s important to understand how new media is being used in India and China.
india  china  social  media  internet  blogging  demography  technology  mobile 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Columnist - I’m Singin’ in Beijing - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com
“I really don’t know how a little girl in China might respond to being told your teeth are not good enough. But doesn’t that happen all the time in Hollywood?"
hollywood  china  olympics  nytimes  games  music 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Opinion - The Public Editor: Newspapers dying? Not if you take a global view - sacbee.com
"'Internet advertising revenues – not just newspapers online, but all Internet advertising – was up 32.45 percent over one year and 200 percent over five years,' the report said."
newspapers  media  journalism  business  corporations  world  europe  asia  japan  china  india 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The case against foreign language study | FP Passport
"In short, Obama shouldn't worry: Americans will start picking up foreign languages in larger numbers (think: Mandarin) when they really need to."
obama  spanish  language  china  education  usa  campaigns  elections  politics  europe 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Chinese, Arabic and Hindi domain names to go up for sale – finally! | The Industry Standard
"As the world’s population shifts, and the languages based on the Roman alphabet continue to decline in dominance, this decision will only continue to grow in importance."
language  internet  web  china  india  arabic  asian  online  english 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
globeandmail.com: Our part-time home and native land
"We give a very different message. We tell them that it's a good place to do business — implicitly 'for a while' — and that you don't have to give up your prior identity, and by and large Canada has done very well in this way."
canada  politics  immigration  education  business  identity  asian  china  india 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Special Report: China In Africa | Fast Company
"An unfathomably vast terrain comprising 49 nations, the sub-Sahara represents nearly one-fifth of the earth's landmass. Yet its total economy is tinier than Florida's. Here, 300 million people get by on less than $1 a day."
activism  africa  china  economics  environment  globalization  usa 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Matthew Yglesias (June 22, 2008) - The Wrath of Khan (Culture)
"Mongol, a Russian-directed Mongolian-language film about the early life of Genghis Khan that I saw Friday night is kinda weird but also kinda awesome."
cinema  china  russia  germany  film  asia  history 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Who Will Tell the People? - New York Times
"We are not who we think we are. We are living on borrowed time and borrowed dimes. We still have all the potential for greatness, but only if we get back to work on our country."
politics  usa  identity  china  singapore  oil  iraq  elections  2008  obama  clinton 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Learning Cantonese: Lust, Exhaustion
"How many hours does a Hong Kong guy work? Ten, eleven, twelve hours a day? There is nothing unusual about his behavior. He is exhausted. You are lucky that he is snoring on your couch."
china  work  jobs  film  cinema  relationships 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Burma: Sandwiched between giants
"The consequences of that seem to suggest a shift in perspective more from the Indian side than from China's, which has never claimed to be a champion of human rights. [...]"
india  china  geography  asia  power  politics  burma 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Mighty Brands in Action! -- World Economic Forum: Is "Brand USA" suffering? Perhaps not
"[...] US companies still account for 50% of the top 10 brands in China in terms of market recognition and loyalty, and in Italy the figure is only slightly lower."
china  usa  marketing  identity  business  corporations  capitalism  globalization  europe  asia 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A New, Global Oil Quandary: Costly Fuel Means Costly Calories - New York Times
"China not only was the world’s biggest palm oil importer last year, holding steady at 5.2 million tons in the first 11 months of the year, but it also doubled its soybean oil imports to 2.9 million tons, forcing buyers elsewhere to switch to palm oil."
china  food  globalization  economics  farming  health  asia 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Poynter Online - E-Media Tidbits - Why is Baidu Beating Google in China?
"The most popular game in China provides excellent training in grabbing fast chances in a fast-changing environment. In contrast, Western strategies tend to reward long-term planning, branding, and a stable environment. [...T]hese values matter less."
china  web  internet  newspapers  games  creativity  aesthetics  asia  asian 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The fatal shore | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
"[E]xpatriate Bangladeshis send more money home per capita than their Chinese and Indian counterparts. Last year, over $5bn went directly into the Bangladeshi economy, sent from Britain, the US, and, most substantially, from the Middle East."
bangladesh  asia  money  globalization  china  india  economics 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Affairs of the heart | Features | Guardian Unlimited Film
"This thing called reality is unsystematic, like seven or eight phonographs playing at the same time, each with its own tune, forming a chaotic whole . . . Neatly formulated visions of creation, whether political or philosophical, are bound to irritate."
creativity  art  china  writing  fiction  cinema  books  novels  movies  relationships  love  aesthetics 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Economy and Geopolitics Decide Where Oil Goes Next - New York Times
“There is still a lot of demand that is outside of the United States. There is increasing oil consumption, particularly in the developing nations, and oil is getting more difficult to find.”
energy  economics  nytimes  china  india  globalization 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Losing an Edge, Japanese Envy India’s Schools - New York Times
“Until now, Japanese saw China and India as backwards and poor. As Japan loses confidence in itself, its attitudes toward Asia are changing. It has started seeing India and China as nations with something to offer."
japan  china  india  education  asia  asian  identity  globalization 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
You Must Remember This - New York Times
"Over the next 12 years, some economists predict, more than 150 million Indians will buy cars. China, meanwhile, may have 140 million cars on its roads by 2020."
china  india  scooter  marketing  oil  urban  cities  transportation  cars  energy  globalization 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
In Laos, Chinese Motorcycles Change Lives - New York Times
"Mr. Gu said he could tell a Japanese brand, made in Thailand, just by listening [...] Some Thai-made Japanese motorcycles can go 10 years without an engine overhaul. Chinese bikes, he said, usually need major repairs within three to four years."
china  japan  marketing  scooter  oil  transportation  asia 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A New Sensation in Iraq: Motor Scooters - New York Times
“The Japanese ones, they never have defects. But the Chinese ones, their electric wiring always goes.”
scooter  iraq  china  japan  transportation  cities  urban  oil  marketing  asia 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Water Scarcity Threatens China's Future - Environment - New York Times
"China’s disadvantage, compared with the United States, is that it has a smaller water supply yet almost five times as many people. China has about 7 percent of the world’s water resources and roughly 20 percent of its population."
china  usa  water  environment  economics  asia  cities  farming  population 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
General Warns Of China's Military Power, Commander Says Iraq War Reduces U.S. Military's Ability To Keep Pace And Meet Contingencies - CBS News
"For the first time in history, we are seeing another nation, in this case China, with newer fighters than we have. We know that they continue to invest at a level that is unprecedented. We need to be watchful of Chinese military capabilities."
china  usa  military  asia  iraq 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Settling Down in a City in Motion - New York Times
"When I finish writing this, I’m going down to Xiangyang Park, past the poor men from the north who are just arriving to sell animal skins, to find the group of my neighbors who set up a boom box at twilight for ballroom dancing."
china  cities  urban  housing  travel 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
An Outsider’s Camera Provides a Ticket Into a Secret World - New York Times
"I take pictures in your neighborhood because there is something very beautiful about the lifestyle you have. Things may not be perfect, but there is a very special kind of community you have, and soon places like this will all be gone."
photography  china  aesthetics  identity  aging  cities  urban  shanghai 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
My First Lesson in Motherhood - New York Times
"We would not have chosen the burdens we anticipated, and in fact we declared upfront our inability to handle such burdens. But we are stronger than we thought."
parenting  women  family  families  marriage  china  usa 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Ghawar, Going, Gone... | MetaFilter
"Think about what it would be like if you had to take a 5% pay cut every year for the rest of your life, that may help."
oil  energy  saudiarabia  usa  corporations  africa  china  india  refinery  sustainable 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
90% Asian Americans go online: Survey-Indians Overseas-The Times of India
"Americans of Indian and Chinese origin spend the most hours on the Internet and young Asian Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 are the largest Internet users."
asian  internet  india  china  usa  ethnic  www  research  online 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Wired: Chinese Restaurant Food Draws Criticism
"Across the board, American restaurants need to cut back on calories and salt, and in the meantime, people should think of each meal as not one, but two, and bring home half for tomorrow."
food  china  usa  health  exercise 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Oh, to Be Born in The Year of the Pig
"The pig in general is considered by Chinese as a representative of fortune and luck, with a mild temper and an honest character, so many Chinese parents believe babies born in this year are lucky ... and Chinese always like to follow the crowd."
china  asian  parenting  marketing 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
ASIAN POP / The Pig Time
"This isn't a Metal Pig year -- the last time we had one of those was 1971, and the next one will be in 2031. This is a Fire Pig year, 'ding-hai.' The whole 'Golden Pig' thing was essentially invented for commercial purposes."
asian  holiday  sanfrancisco  china  marketing  parenting 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Foreign Policy In Focus | Chomsky on Iran, Iraq, and the Rest of the World
"If the Middle East oil resources around the Gulf, which are the main ones in the world, if they link up to the Asian grid, the United States is really a second-rate power. A lot is at stake in not withdrawing from Iraq."
iran  china  iraq  usa  war  oil  power  politics  asian 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Poll Finds Surge of Religion Among Chinese
"The standards of morality are declining. People don't trust each other anymore. They are looking for something to anchor their lives in."
religion  china  asian  spirituality 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
BoGlobe: Welcome Candy, Sam, & George
"They see my name, and no matter what passport I have, they ask where I come from, do I know about the Shia and the Sunni. It was really becoming uncomfortable for me. You feel like you're defending yourself every single day."
immigration  ethnic  usa  identity  memory  demography  china  vietnam 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Hooking up on Yellowworld.org :: Life :: thetyee.ca
“One of the elements of globalization is a dissemination of information across borders. But more importantly is the movement of people across borders: it’s not a one-directional phenomenon anymore.”
globalization  public  social  internet  ethnicity  ethnic  asian  canada  usa  china  relationships  teenagers 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: China’s New Leftist
“People ask in the West, How could China develop capitalism with an authoritarian state? But that’s ignoring how modern capitalism grew in the West, without much democracy and with the help of imperialism and colonialism."
china  india  politics  power  environment  health  population  capitalism  sustainable  society  farming 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Observer UK: Snap dragons
"[...] If you're searching for new possibilities, it's a new ideology. Every ideology tries to tell you that this life is the only one: you can only drink this way, eat this way, feel this way. You cannot have another truth."
aesthetics  identity  politics  philosophy  photography  china  art  creativity 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Who Controls the Family?
"The population and family planning law affects everyone's individual rights, so a case like this is an important test."
china  family  activism  politics 
august 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Land of 74,000 Protests (but Little Is Ever Fixed)
"If the government were clean and efficient, things would be much calmer. But the perception is that the officials don't want to pursue the state's interests, so much as pursue their own interests - both legal and illegal."
china  politics  activism 
august 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Gettysburg Review: Yiyun Li's "What Has That to Do With Me?"
"She signed on the sentence paper and was reported to have thrown away the pen and said, 'What makes you all fear death so? Everybody dies.'"
death  china  writing  punishment  men  women 
august 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Clash of China's Generations
"It's not my mission to represent an entire race, cultural background, or gender. The only way to better Asian-American roles is to portray them as real humans with flaws and despicable traits and sympathetic traits.We're just not that different."
cinema  china  asian  black 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Salon: Are we doomed?
"We have to live in such a way that we pass on a worthwhile world to our children. And that's a wonderful ideal that can replace consumerism, that will have to replace consumerism."
activism  writing  futurism  marketing  usa  uk  china  aging 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: Pro sports' game plan to win over ethnic fans
"The Raiders Nation is global. It's great we can deliver team news in different languages. Chinese fans are more comfortable reading that news in their mother language."
football  sports  language  china  mexico  nfl 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Fast Food Takes a Bite Out of Chinese Culture
"They are also capitalizing on a traditional Chinese taste for fried, salty foods, and by providing a clean eating experience in the midst of the some of the most frenetic and hygienically challenged cities in the world."
asian  china  food  marketing 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge
LAT: Stark Contrasts Found Among Asian Americans
"Asian Americans are seen as a model minority who are not suffering from barriers to education or progress. But if you look closely, you see a community that covers the whole spectrum, from wealthy to very poor."
asian  china  ethnicity  identity  india  usa 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: China Bans Nike Television Commercial
"It also goes against rules that require ads not to contain content that blasphemes national practices and cultures.''
aesthetics  capitalism  china  marketing 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Glamour Lives, in Chinese Films
"American screens are now awash in interchangeable blonds with hungry mouths and empty eyes, but in the 1930's and 1940's movie stars were divine, agleam with enchantment. By the end of the 1950's, glamour was as eroded as the studio system."
aesthetics  asian  china  cinema  gender  sex  usa 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: 'It was like being in jail'
"He's trying to forget about his past. The problem is, the more he wants to do that, the more he realises he remembers. Things just keep coming back. He's made a lot of mistakes. The only thing left is memory."
asian  china  cinema  identity  memory 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge
China Discovers the Couch
"Everything's changing, including people's behavior, customs and beliefs. Some people want to keep the traditions, but it is not possible. Maybe you can keep what's essential, but you have to change to fit in the world."
china  health  psychology 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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