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. Currently pursuing a PhD at Leiden University, I previously graduated in China & Japanese Studies, Literary Studies, and completed my Research Master in Asian Studies (Chinese track). My experiences in China have resulted in an ongoing strong connection with this country, its language, people and culture. My academic interests are in Sino-Japanese relations and social media in China. 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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Media

In the Studio – Singles’ Day in China (Radio 1 Belgium)

In the Studio – Singles’ Day in China (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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Ask the Chinese: Trump’s a Straight Shooter, a Successful Businessman (LA Times)

Ask the Chinese: Trump’s a Straight Shooter, a Successful Businessman (LA Times)

(Los Angeles Times) – For an article about Trump’s visit in China, I was asked about existing attitudes on Chinese social media regarding President Trump.

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

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

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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Interview – CCTV News World Weekly (CCTV)

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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Feature – Great Power Diplomacy (CCTV1 Documentary)

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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Challenges & Censorship on Chinese Social Media (VPRO)

Challenges & Censorship on Chinese Social Media (VPRO)

(VPRO, Dutch Radio) – Chinese counterparts to Twitter and Whatsapp are receiving more and more attention in foreign media. On Dutch Radio 1 programme ‘Bureau Buitenland,’ I discussed the challenges and censorship on Chinese social media together with Professor Globalisation Studies Jeroen de Kloet.

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Chinese Bloggers Turn to Popular Web Platforms to Connect with Their Readers (SCMP)

Chinese Bloggers Turn to Popular Web Platforms to Connect with Their Readers (SCMP)

(South China Morning Post) – “Chinese writers steer path round censors to earn cash through apps”, including short interview I did with Agence France-Presse on how bloggers turn to popular web platforms to connect with their readers – so long as they stay within the bounds of the ‘Great Firewall.’

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China’s Post-1990s and the Employment Market (De Balie)

China’s Post-1990s and the Employment Market (De Balie)

(De Balie Amsterdam) – Talking about young people and the employment market in China at The Balie Amsterdam on 13 June 2017, theme night: “Young people have the future in their hands, but no contract.”

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Talking About Chinese Literary Sensation Fan Yusu (BBC Newshour)

Talking About Chinese Literary Sensation Fan Yusu (BBC Newshour)

(BBC Newshour) – In late April of 2017, Fan Yusu became an overnight literary sensation in China when her moving essay “I am Fan Yusu” was published on online platform Noonstory.com and soon went viral. The essay, an autobiographical story about Fan’s life as a migrant worker in Beijing, was read 30 million times just […]

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China Tells The World Bedtime Stories In Propaganda Drive (AFP)

China Tells The World Bedtime Stories In Propaganda Drive (AFP)

(Agence France-Presse) – Chinese state media are going to great lengths to tell the world about President Xi Jinping’s ambitious project to revive Silk Road trading routes with a massive multi-country infrastructure programme. AFP asked me to comment on China’s latest propaganda video. See: Daily Mail The Japan Times NDTV Hong Kong Free Press

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Not All About Censorship (The Calcalist)

Not All About Censorship (The Calcalist)

(Israeli newspaper Calcalist) – One of Israel’s biggest newspapers the Calcalist recently interviewed me about the biggest trending topics on China’s social media of the year 2016 – a turbulent year.

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China’s Online Army of Happy Citizens (NOS op 3)

China’s Online Army of Happy Citizens (NOS op 3)

(NOS) – A new research recently revealed the world behind the so-called ‘Fifty Cent Party’ – an army of online commentators shaping debates on Chinese social media. I spoke to Dutch news broadcaster NOS about this phenomenon.

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Chinese Reactions to Trump’s Fox Interview (Al Jazeera)

Chinese Reactions to Trump’s Fox Interview (Al Jazeera)

(Al Jazeera, News Grid) – American president Trump became a much talked about topic on Chinese social media after his phonecall to Taipei and remarkable comments about China in a Fox Interview. I appeared on Al Jazeera News Grid to talk about Chinese reactions to Trump.

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Interview – Social Media in China (Haarlems Dagblad)

Interview – Social Media in China (Haarlems Dagblad)

(Haarlems Dagblad) – Interview with Dutch newspaper Haarlems Dagblad about What’s on Weibo, the rise of China’s social media, working from Haarlem & living in Beijing.

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Trump’s Popularity in China (Voice of America)

Trump’s Popularity in China (Voice of America)

(VOA China 360) – During the American elections, many Chinese netizens took a liking to Donald Trump. But things seemed to change after Trump I talk about Trump’s Chinese social media image with Voice of America.

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De Chinese Keuken in Nederland (KRO/NCRV)

De Chinese Keuken in Nederland (KRO/NCRV)

(Gijs 2.0) – In September, the World Championship Chinese Cooking was held in the city of Rotterdam. For this occasion, Radio 2’s Gijs Staverman wondered: How ‘Chinese’ is Chinese food in the Netherlands? Listen to the short interview here.

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Seven Questions about Weibo (InsightBeats)

Seven Questions about Weibo (InsightBeats)

(InsightBeats) – German blog InsightBeats asked me seven questions about What’s on Weibo, the Chinese internet community, the interaction with my readers and the future of social media in China. Full link to article (in German).

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