About Manya

Manya Koetse is a China social trend watcher and the editor-in-chief of What’s on Weibo, a website providing social, cultural & historical insights into an ever-changing China. She is a writer, public speaker, and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends & behaviour in China, with a focus on social media and digital trends, Sino-Japanese relations and gender issues. Twitter: @manyapan
In short
I am a China social trend watcher and the founder and editor of www.whatsonweibo.com, an independent blog that sheds light on trends in China by closely following its social media, the latest digital developments & changing media landscape.

 

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The unceasing interest for languages and cultures of East Asia has been the motor driving me throughout my studies. I previously graduated in China & Japanese Studies (Leiden University, Peking University), Literary Studies (University of Amsterdam), and completed my Research Master in Asian Studies (Chinese track). On my way to pursue a PhD at Leiden University, I have halted my PhD project as What’s on Weibo is growing into a bigger platform that now requires all of my attention.
My experiences in China have resulted in an ongoing strong connection with this country, its language, people and culture. My academic interests are in social media in China, modern society, and Sino-Japanese relations. I am also interested in women’s & gender issues, popular culture, and like to concentrate on what is happening at the margins of (international) society.

 

 

Besides my activities as editor-in-chief and freelance writer, I provide my services as a consultant, researcher, and public speaker on (consumer) behaviour, social trends, digital developments & new media in China. Scroll down for more information about me and the media. Please ask permission if you would like to use my essays, pictures or journal content for anything other than personal purposes.

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China’s Controle op Werknemers middels Kunstmatige Intelligentie (Nieuwe Feiten/Radio 1)

China’s Controle op Werknemers middels Kunstmatige Intelligentie (Nieuwe Feiten/Radio 1)

(VRT1, in Dutch) – Chinese bedrijven experimenteren met nieuwe technieken waarbij werknemers helmen dragen die hersengolven monitoren – hoe zit dat en welke andere extreme vormen van controle hebben werkgevers en de overheid op werknemers en burgers? Ik sprak erover met Radio 1, Nieuwe Feiten.

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In Gesprek met Wilfried de Jong over Verbannen Varkentje Peppa in China (Radio 1/Met Het Oog op Morgen)

In Gesprek met Wilfried de Jong over Verbannen Varkentje Peppa in China (Radio 1/Met Het Oog op Morgen)

(NOS, in Dutch) “China boycot Peppa Pig! @manyapan weet waarom het onschuldige varkentje de ban in moet.” In gesprek met Wilfried de Jong. Kijk het fragment hier terug.

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Chinese Kinderprogramma’s en Hun Boodschap (Wereld Vandaag/Radio 1)

Chinese Kinderprogramma’s en Hun Boodschap (Wereld Vandaag/Radio 1)

(VRT1, in Dutch) – Belgium’s most popular producer for children’s tv programmes, Studio 100, will cooperate with Chinese producers to create new content for the Chinese market. What can they expect?

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Peppa Pig Banned from Douyin as Icon of Chinese Online “Punks” (BBC World Update)

Peppa Pig Banned from Douyin as Icon of Chinese Online “Punks” (BBC World Update)

(BBC World Update) – Manya Koetse talking to BBC World Update’s Paul Henley on May 1st on the recent ban of Peppa Pig from Chinese short video app Douyin.

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About the “Gay Content Ban” on Chinese Social Media Platform Weibo (BBC World Service)

About the “Gay Content Ban” on Chinese Social Media Platform Weibo (BBC World Service)

(BBC World Update) – An announcement that Chinese social media platform Weibo would ban gay content triggered huge controversy amongst Chinese netizens. The decision was then reversed. I spoke about this remarkable issue with BBC World Service.

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Daimler in Trouble in China over Dalai Lama Quote (BBC World Update)

Daimler in Trouble in China over Dalai Lama Quote (BBC World Update)

Controversy over Daimler using a quote from Dalai Lama in their latest advertisement. I spoke about it with BBC World Update. Listen here.

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End to the Two-term-Limit on Presidency in China (BBC World)

End to the Two-term-Limit on Presidency in China (BBC World)

The possible end to the two-term-limit on the presidency in China has caused much controversy – I spoke about it with BBC World. Listen here.

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The CCTV Gala Black Face Controversy (BBC World News)

The CCTV Gala Black Face Controversy (BBC World News)

(BBC World) – I joined BBC World News live to discuss this year’s CCTV New Year Gala’s controversy over a skit about Africa which many deemed offensive.

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China’s Human Flesh Search Engine (Nieuwe Feiten/Belgium Radio 1)

China’s Human Flesh Search Engine (Nieuwe Feiten/Belgium Radio 1)

(Belgium Radio 1) – From Studio Desmet in Amsterdam, I recently joined the Belgium national radio talk show ‘New Facts’ (‘Nieuwe Feiten’) to explain the phenomenon of China’s ‘human flesh search engine.’

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Chinees Nieuwjaar – Hoe Zit Dat Eigenlijk? (Wild in de Middag)

Chinees Nieuwjaar – Hoe Zit Dat Eigenlijk? (Wild in de Middag)

(Radio 2, in Dutch) – In gesprek met Ruud de Wild over Chinees Nieuwjaar – wat houdt dat eigenlijk in? Kijk hier.

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Interview – Interpreting Chinese Social Media (Caixin)

Interview – Interpreting Chinese Social Media (Caixin)

(Caixin) – Interview with renowned financial & economic online newspaper Caixin, about the founding of What’s on Weibo and a look back on the trends of 2017.

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Interview – Digital and Social Trends in China (De Telegraaf)

Interview – Digital and Social Trends in China (De Telegraaf)

(Telegraaf) – Interview with one of the leading newspapers in The Netherlands about What’s on Weibo and the latest digital and social trends in the People’s Republic of China. The entire article (in Dutch) can also be accessed online here.

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Over Singles’ Day in China (Nieuwe Feiten/Radio 1 Belgium)

Over Singles’ Day in China (Nieuwe Feiten/Radio 1 Belgium)

(Radio 1 Belgium) – For the radio program ‘New Facts’ [Nieuwe Feiten] I spoke with Radio 1 about the success of China’s Singles’ Day (11.11).

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TV Interview – Social Media and the 19th National Congress (Al Jazeera Live)

TV Interview – Social Media and the 19th National Congress (Al Jazeera Live)

(Al Jazeera International) – The 19th National Party Congress was a big event for China that made international headlines. I briefly joined Al Jazeera’s News Grid on air to talk about social media in China during this important meeting.

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Raps, Apps & Games – Chinese Propaganda in the Modern-day Era (NOS)

Raps, Apps & Games – Chinese Propaganda in the Modern-day Era (NOS)

(NOS) – Propaganda in China today is much different than what it was from the 1950s to the 1970s. Every type of new media is used to propagate government messages. Interactive, playful, and trendy, this is what propaganda looks like today. I spoke about this topic with NOS reporter Annabel de Bruijn. Read the article […]

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TV Feature – Dutch Sinologist and What’s on Weibo (Xinhua, Tencent, Sina News)

TV Feature – Dutch Sinologist and What’s on Weibo (Xinhua, Tencent, Sina News)

(Various Chinese media) – On October 13, Chinese state media outlet Xinhua featured an item about my website What’s on Weibo and my views on Chinese social media and society.

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TV Interview – CCTV News World Weekly (CCTV)

TV Interview – CCTV News World Weekly (CCTV)

(CCTV News) – On October 1st, What’s on Weibo and myself were featured in the Chinese national weekly programme CCTV “World Weekly” (世界周刊) with a special interview about my website and interest in China.

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Interview – China is not a Mystery (Xinhua)

Interview – China is not a Mystery (Xinhua)

(Xinhua) – Xinhua News, one of China’s biggest state newspapers, came to my home this week to talk about What’s on Weibo and views on China. Read here: http://bit.ly/2jv686w

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TV Feature – Great Power Diplomacy (CCTV1 Documentary)

TV Feature – Great Power Diplomacy (CCTV1 Documentary)

(CCTV1) – What’s on Weibo was featured on China’s main TV channel this week in the first episode of “Great Power Diplomacy” (大国外交), a renowned state media documentary series on Chinese diplomacy and developments.

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De Zomer Express: Chinese Sociale Media (Bureau Buitenland / VPRO)

De Zomer Express: Chinese Sociale Media (Bureau Buitenland / VPRO)

(VPRO, in Dutch) – Chinese varianten van Twitter en Whatsapp zijn in China mateloos populair. Binnen de Great Firewall van China zijn miljoenen smartphonegebruikers dagelijks met elkaar in contact. In De Zomer Express sinoloog Manya Koetse en hoogleraar Globalisation Studies Jeroen de Kloet.

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