Jargon Watch: Shanzhai

Shanzhai is translated into English as mountain fortress, in reality it means a cave, a hideout, the kind of place where guerrillas or bandits are based. It is now used to describe technology entrepreneurs who take a homebrew attitude to hardware engineering and a bucaneer attitude to intellectual property. Want a mobile phone that doubles […]

Chinese new year doodle from Google

  Chinese new year doodle from Google, originally uploaded by renaissancechambara. Google’s Chinese New Year doodle for the year of the ox left me puzzled for a few seconds before I got it, maybe because I am still a bit spaced from sleep. Have a look and let me know what you think.

Oprah Time: What Does China Think? by Mark Leonard

What does China think? sounds like a major subject area which would require a huge volume to discuss. Leonard’s book in comparison is little more than a pamphlet which I managed to sit down and read cover-to-cover in a little over three hours during the Christmas period.  I was first switched on to Leonard’s writing by […]

Keeping it gangster with Jingjing

Hong Kong is familiar to many westerners as a backdrop for gangster films from Enter the Dragon to Jackie Chan’s Police Story, PTU and the Infernal Affairs trilogy. In fact, the society is much more organised and less violent than the likes of the UK, even the housing projects in Aberdeen don’t really compare to […]

Chinese brands going global

Brandchannel have an interesting article about the challenges that Chinese brands going global face, particularly when they enter western markets. The article is good, but doesn’t cover the recent BenQ – Siemens disaster that took out one of Europe’s pre-eminent mobile phone manufacturers at the time. More details here  its a PDF document so Preview.app […]