As China has relaxed controls on internal movement, controls on press freedom have also relaxed. Mike Chinoy recalls the early days of reporting from China, when government minders, frightened citizens, and limited mobility meant Western journalists were forced to interpret this massively complex country through a keyhole view. Today, foreign journalists in China enjoy broad freedom of movement and can talk to anyone willing to talk to them, and thanks to the prevalence of the internet most news travels too fast to be censored completely.
Seymour and Audrey Ronning Topping describe their 1971 interview with China’s premier Zhou En-Lai. It was the first interview that he gave to American correspondents in decades. Audrey Ronning Topping met premier Zhou through her father Chester Ronning, Canada’s first ambassador to China who was a close friend of premier Zhou. When Audrey met Zhou in 1971, he said that China’s greatest challenge in the future will be pollution.
The role of music, culture and media in the evolution of societies is widely recognized worldwide. Mei Yan outlines the shift of young audience tastes from foreign to local content, the development of brand strength, and a strategy to create and maintain brand loyalty. With highly competitive and saturated media sectors in developed countries, China represents a unique growth opportunity for large international media producers, which have sought strategies to reach Chinese audiences since the 1990’s.
There are 400,000,000 Chinese netizens. 55% of them are blogging. They are young, spend much of their free time online, and have more friends online that they do in real life. They are very sensitive to being targeted in blatant marketing campaigns. Since 2003, Danwei.org has provided valuable analysis and insight into the psyche of the average Chinese netizen, which helps us understand their online and offline behavior and preferences, as well as their opinions towards company brands in Chinese social media and web journalism.
A culture of self-censorship has proven more effective than direct orders from official state propaganda departments. The thin line between permitted news and taboo is unclear and constantly shifting places, which forces journalists to practice self-censorship to avoid crossing it and attracting unwanted attention.
China is now the world’s second largest economy and a hotspot for direct foreign investment. It holds enormous potential for entrepreneurs, and small and medium-sized enterprises are now emerging as a significant source of the nation’s industrial output. Understanding and navigating inherent cultural differences and the constantly changing legal and regulatory environment are critical to survive and thrive in this dynamic arena.
China’s next stage of post-manufacturing development will transition to a “global creativity center.” Innovation will be the key driver behind a vibrant knowledge-based, high value-added economy. David Ben Kay discusses the challenges facing Chinese companies in creative and high-tech industries as they strive to move from “licensee” to “licensor.”
David Ben Kay decided to leave behind his life as Microsoft's Anti-Counterfeiting Czar, and devote himself to making a home for New Media Art in China, the Yuanfen gallery in Beijing's legendary 798 art district. New Media Art combines the aesthetic experience of viewing classical art, with the immediacy of creation that is the hallmark of the digital age.