What happened when people in China tried to replicate Emma Watson hiding free books on public transit?

Remember last month when Harry Potter star Emma Watson who, as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, started to leave free copies of Mom & Me & Mom at different locations on the London underground? Shortly after the news broke, this sort of book-on-metro practice has become a fad in China with campaigns of a similar fashion … More What happened when people in China tried to replicate Emma Watson hiding free books on public transit?

Alipay’s new feature turned itself into a hookup app: How could Alipay have been this stupid?

People downloading the Alipay app Alipay, one of China’s best-known digital payment apps owned by Ant Financial Services Group, the financial affiliate of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba, recently rolled out its social networking platform in an ambitious attempt to take on the country’s leading social app, WeChat. However, something went terribly wrong: the platform was … More Alipay’s new feature turned itself into a hookup app: How could Alipay have been this stupid?

[SOCIETY] Chinese Tiger Mom spends 20000RMB on first-grade’s extracurricular activities

“Everyone is moving forward, we can’t stand still,” Ms. Xie from Zhejiang, East China said. Like other “Tiger Mothers” who swear by the “never-lose-at-the-starting-line” theory, stay-at-home mom Ms. Xie spends about 20000RMB each semester on private tutorials and extracurricular classes for her seven-year-old son Chengcheng. The recent years in China have witnessed an incongruous course … More [SOCIETY] Chinese Tiger Mom spends 20000RMB on first-grade’s extracurricular activities

Why nostalgia matters in our age: theorising nostalgia

[Excerpt from my dissertation Hong Kong New Nostalgia Cinema: Reconstructing Local Subjectivity in the Cinematic Nostalgic Space.] Nostalgia has long been entwined with the nationalist and patriotic sentiments at the rudimentary stage. The word itself (from Greek nóstos “return home” and álgos “pain”), originated in the 17th century as a pathological entity denoting an acute homesickness, and … More Why nostalgia matters in our age: theorising nostalgia

[POLITICS] How has China reacted to US pulling out of TPP?

President-elect Donald Trumps says the US will quit TPP in a video message US President-elect Donald Trump announces on his first day in the White House that the US will quit the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, a 12-nation trade agreement that his predecessor strived to conclude after 7 years of tough negotiation. “What is … More [POLITICS] How has China reacted to US pulling out of TPP?

[MARKETING] Cheap Chinese snack brand spoofs Apple’s design, the people love it

An immaculate minimialist white background, simple words and high-definition feature photographs of products that seem to stay afloat. The brand that you first associate this image might be Apple, but it can also be something else that you’d never have imagined: a website launched by a cheap and cheerful Chinese snack brand – Weilong spicy … More [MARKETING] Cheap Chinese snack brand spoofs Apple’s design, the people love it

[MARKETING] Marathon Running: China’s rising middle-class trend

Running relentlessly, sweating furiously, you sprint the last leg of the race. Challenge completed. Repeat. This new challenging sport, marathon running was introduced to China 21 years ago and is taking the nation by storm. With an active population of over 1 million, the number of people that participate in marathons and related events has … More [MARKETING] Marathon Running: China’s rising middle-class trend

[CULTURE] Chinese Science Fiction: Where does it come from? Where is it going?

Last Saturday, the most-loved Chinese sci-fi writer Liu Cixin and Chinese-British novelist Guo Xiaolu together brought a stimulating dialogue, on the past and present of Chinese science fiction. As a marginal literature genre in China, science fiction has gained increasing prominence from home and abroad in the recent years, especially with Liu Cixin’s internationally celebrated … More [CULTURE] Chinese Science Fiction: Where does it come from? Where is it going?

A Chinese student recounts her love-hate relationship with the UK

I’ll always have a love-hate relationship with the UK. Now coming back to China after a year of studying in the UK, I realised that I have “post-study-abroad syndrome”! Breakfast in China is varied and affordable, you can choose from Chinese soya milk, youtiao (deep-fried dough sticks), rice noodle rolls, Chinese buns, meat floss, congee; … More A Chinese student recounts her love-hate relationship with the UK

Flaubert’s Parrot: A quest of the elusive truth

Flaubert’s Parrot, by Julian Barns, Vintage Books, 2009, 190pp. Words do not only mirror the truth; they can also fashion its own truth, and in turn distorts the established truth. This is what Julian Barns tries to rationalize in his novel Flaubert’s Parrot, a trailblazing subversion of our empirical perception of the relationship between artistic … More Flaubert’s Parrot: A quest of the elusive truth