Beijing migrant worker Fan Yusu became an overnight sensation when her autobiographical essay “I Am Fan Yusu” went viral on Chinese social media in late April 2017. The author has since gone into hiding and her essay has been removed. What’s behind the sudden rise and silent disappearance of China’s biggest literary sensation of 2017?
At a time when family tree business is more booming than ever, Dutch entrepreneur Huihan Lie runs the first-ever professional genealogy service business for overseas people with Chinese heritage who want to discover their family lineage. What’s on Weibo spoke to Lie about his company, the reasons for exploring one’s roots, and his personal mission to connect people to their Chinese ancestry.
In his upcoming book Shadow Banking and the Rise of Capitalism in China, journalist Andrew Collier dives into the growth of ‘shadow banking’ in China and the emergence of a new aspect of capitalism in the PRC – a halfway house between state and private economics that he calls “the Wild West of banking in China.”
They have a larger online following than Oprah, yet you might not know their name. These are Chinese celebrities with the most fans on Sina Weibo. A 2017 top 10 by What’s on Weibo.
Changing wedding customs are the mirror of a rapidly changing China. Over the past 50 years, China has seen drastic changes in the process of getting married and how weddings are celebrated. What’s on Weibo gives an overview of Chinese weddings since the 1950s.
It is confusing even for Chinese netizens and journalists: why does ‘Trump’ have multiple names in Chinese? And which is the right one to use?
A remarkable funeral parade for Taiwanese politican Tung Hsiang on January 3rd included 50 scantily clad women pole dancing on cars. The festive funeral shows that the phenomenon of erotic dancers or strippers at Chinese funerals are a seemingly undying tradition.
As modern buildings mushroom and old neighborhoods disappear, the traces of Jewish history are fading in today’s Shanghai. But recent initiatives, such as the Jews in Shanghai musical and the launch of a Shanghai Jewish diaspora website, keep the memories of a nearly forgotten community more alive than ever – A short history of Jews in Shanghai and how their history is remembered in 21st century China.
It has been the question going around Chinese social media: why are the prices of China’s most popular e-hailing app service Didi (滴滴) going up? Users of the mobile taxi-calling app are not happy now that prices are increasing as much as 20%. Read the story of Didi Chuxing, its increasing prices, and what Chinese netizens are saying about it.