Problems Accessing WordPress in China!

April 22, 2008

I should have known this before I left to China; WordPress blogs are blocked in here! Luckily somebody adviced me on a way to cope with this issue and it turns out that there are countless services that provide proxy sites to bypass the problem. I am currently able to access my blog by the use of Dtor.org. Unfortunately creating links and inserting pictures does not work, but I will find a way!

Because I was not able to access my blog the last weeks I have been writing about my experiences elsewhere.

On my class blog:
http://mastersofmedia.hum.uva.nl/

But I was also invited by Gang Lu, the owner of the MObinoDE blog to be a guest writer for him. I will continue to occasionally blog for MObinoDE during my trip:
http://www.mobinode.com/

I will copy-paste the postings I did on these blogs later this evening.

A brief update on what I am currently doing:

– Today I had a meeting with Ian McGuinn and Elias Glenn from JL McGregor & Company. Really nice guys and interesting discussion. Also I can make use of there extensive database on some of the companies I am doing research on! So tomorrow after my interview at Giant Interactive I will work at the JL McGregor office!

– After the morning meeting with Ian and Elias I visited Spill Group Asia today. Marc van der Chijs shared some of his insightfull thoughts with me, it was a pleasure and of great help for my thesis to meet him. Furthermore I met with Thijs Bosma who besides showing me around the office also had some helpfull insights to share! Thanks guys!

Will post more soon, I am out to have some excellent Shanghai French Connection road-bbq, did not eat yet and its 22:15?!

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Packed and ready to go!

April 10, 2008

A nice cup of cha in ChenduTomorrow it is finally happening; I will head off to China for my research! After months of stalking people with interview requests and reading everything I could about Internet in China, I am going to visit some of the most innovative and prominent Chinese Internet companies. I am really looking forward to traveling through China, finally meeting all the people I have corresponded with, and discussing my research with them! The focus of my trip to China for my Masters Thesis research will be on the international ambitions and strategy of Chinese Internet market leaders. Read the rest of this entry »

China preparations and work on another project

March 31, 2008

It has been a while since my last post, I have been really busy preparing my trip and setting up meetings with people in China! A few days ago I picked up my new passport and I am currently waiting for my visa. Unfortunately on the day I sent my request the regulations had changed and a maximum stay of only 30 days was introduced! Luckily the guy from the visumburo in Amsterdam assured me it will be easy to arrange a permit for a longer stay (I will be in China for approximately 37 days). All I have to do is Read the rest of this entry »

Silicon Dragon

March 20, 2008

Silicon Dragon coverLast night I was browsing through some older posts of the excellent China Web 2.0 Review blog where I was looking for relevant (old) news on the companies I am following for my research. To my pleasant surprise I found a very interesting book closely related to my Thesis subject.

‘Silicon Dragon’: Why China might dominate the tech world, a book by Rebecca Fannin, international editor of the Hong Kong weekly Asian Venture Capital Journal, is about the upcoming event that China will gradually emerge as the world’s center of innovation, surpassing Silicon Valley for venture capital and new technology. Rebecca has traveled through China to interview entrepreneurs and investors of relevant Chinese startups while constantly asking herself: is this a copier or innovator? In Silicon Dragon 12 Chinese companies are thoroughly described, including Baidu, Alibaba, Dangdang, Oak Pacific, Lingtu, Maxthon, Pingco and others.  Read the rest of this entry »

From made in China to Created in China

March 12, 2008

Eight CranesI had a pleasant flashback the other day about an arts course I have done during my exchange semester at the Hong Kong University . I guess the books that I am currently reading on creativity in China combined with bumping into an old post by fellow student Qilan Zhao must have triggered my mind.

Besides participating in my obligatory courses during my stay in Hong Kong I decided to sign up for an extra course: Arts, Politics and Society in Modern China. Books that I have recently obtained about the development and current state of the creative industries in China, such as Created in China by Michael Keane and China Contemporary made me think of a project I did for this course;  I did an analysis of a painting from a famous Hong Kong painter; Huang Yongyu. Huang Yongyu became famous for his own characteristic style of using traditional Chinese painting techniques in combination with bright, vibrant and fresh colours and the more Western use ink techniques. One of his most famous paintings is ‘The Winking Owl’ which was exhibitioned at the Black Painting Exhibition in March 1974. Read the rest of this entry »

Proceedings update!

March 2, 2008

Now that I have succesfully started up my correspondence with numerous Chinese companies that I will interview in April and May, I have put some time in catching up with my readings. Furthermore I am currently organizing all the literature I have read up till now and also I am working on a general structure for my thesis.

I have made an appointment coming wednesday Read the rest of this entry »

Chinese low-wage workers disloyal for a reason

February 26, 2008

Fast Boat to ChinaI am currently reading a lot for my research and an interesting book I finished today is Fast Boat to China from Andrew Ross. In Fast Boat to China Andrew approaches the global outsourcing trend in a different way than most other writers on this subject (for example Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat). He has taken a surprisingly fresh look by gathering information not only in the countries that are relocating their factories to elsewhere, but mainly from foreign-invested companies based in China. A year long Andrew has interviewed enterprises in Shanghai and the Yangtze Delta. Read the rest of this entry »

Baidu vs Google viral

February 21, 2008

A funny viral that nicely illustrates the current situation of foreign Web companies operating in China is this one from Baidu:

Although Baidu does not mention the name of its biggest Read the rest of this entry »

Awaiting Response

February 20, 2008

Web 2.0 in ChinaThree days ago I have e-mailed over 20 companies and experts on my subject and slowly but steadily the responses are dropping in my mailbox. Through some intense Google and blogosphere investigation sessions I have determined some of the most prominent and relevant Chinese Web companies. The determination was loosely based on the following criteria: Read the rest of this entry »