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Manya Koetse

Founder & Editor-in-chief

Manya Koetse is a China media watcher and the editor-in-chief of She is a writer, public speaker, and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on online media and digital developments, popular culture, and gender issues.

Manya founded What’s on Weibo in 2014 to provide societal, cultural, and historical insights into an ever-changing China through the lens of Chinese 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.


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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.




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