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Manya Koetse

Founder & Editor-in-chief

Manya Koetse is a China media watcher and the founder and editor-in-chief of She is a writer, public speaker, and researcher (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends, digital developments, and new media in Mainland China, with a focus on Chinese society, pop culture, and gender issues. She shares her love for hotpot on

Manya founded What’s on Weibo in 2013 to provide societal, cultural, and historical insights into an ever-changing China through the lens of social media. What’s on Weibo is fully managed by Koetse, who has authored around a thousand articles on this site over the past few years.

For more about What’s on Weibo and its media coverage, see about What’s on Weibo. For more about Manya’s media appearances, from BBC World to CCTV, see Manya’s personal website.


Contributing Editor


Miranda Barnes

Assignment Editor

Miranda Barnes is a Chinese blogger, media watcher, and part-time translator. She has a strong interest in Chinese online media and culture, and has been What’s on Weibo’s assignment editor, selecting news events and feature stories, since the summer of 2017. Born in Shenyang, and having lived in Beijing, Barnes is now based in London together with her British husband. On they share news of travels around Europe and Asia.


What’s on Weibo Contributors


Want to know more about What’s on Weibo? Check our about page here.

Would you like to join the What’s on Weibo team and become a contributor? Please email us! All contributors must be proficient in both English and Chinese.