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
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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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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.” The evening was organised by Mondiaal FNV together with Young & United.

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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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Chinese Lege Nest Syndroom (KRO/NCRV)

Chinese Lege Nest Syndroom (KRO/NCRV)

As a new semester has started, freshmen across China leave their hometowns to start a new life at university. For parents who find it hard to say goodbye, many Chinese universities set up tent camps outside the dorms. I wrote about these so-called “tents of love”, and talked about this phenomenon with Karin de Groot at Groot op 5.

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Visiting Programme for Young Sinologists (CCTV)

Visiting Programme for Young Sinologists (CCTV)

Participating in the 2016 Chinese Ministry of Culture’s Visiting Programme for Young Sinologists in Beijing, various Chinese media covered the event for which I was interviewed at multiple occasions.

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Kroonprinses Amalia Gaat op Chinese Les (KRO/NCRV)

Kroonprinses Amalia Gaat op Chinese Les (KRO/NCRV)

(Gijs 2.0) – Radio interview for Dutch Radio 2 show Gijs 2.0 with host Gijs Staverman about the Dutch princess Amalia who will be learning Chinese at school. How difficult is it to speak Chinese? Listen to the short interview here.

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My Love of China Began With a Thank You Note (China Daily)

My Love of China Began With a Thank You Note (China Daily)

(China Daily) – On the front page of the English China Daily in July 2016 – a short feature story on how my China journey started with a thank you note. Click link to read the full story: http://bit.ly/29OeY76

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When Would You Intervene? (BBC)

When Would You Intervene? (BBC)

(BBC World) – One video went viral on Sina Weibo, showing how bystanders ignored a woman being assaulted in a Beijing hotel. I covered this topic on What’s on Weibo and was invited to join a discussion for BBC World Have Your Say.

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The Rising Cost of a Chinese Bride Price (BBC)

The Rising Cost of a Chinese Bride Price (BBC)

(BBC Trending) – What’s on Weibo news story about China’s skyrocketing bride prices and the problems they bring for the men who cannot afford featured by BBC Trending. I spoke to Mike Wendling and Sam Judah about the issue in the BBC Trending radio show.

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These Are China’s 10 Youngest Billionaires (Business Insider)

These Are China’s 10 Youngest Billionaires (Business Insider)

(Business Insider) – What’s on Weibo article featured in Business Insider.

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Reportage: Chinese Kliekjesvrouwen (VPRO)

Reportage: Chinese Kliekjesvrouwen (VPRO)

(Dutch Public Radio VPRO) – In December 2015, VPRO reporter Tessa Hoogvliet came with me to Beijing to work on a radio programme about various Chinese societal issues, including the leftover women.

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Hoe Jonge Chinezen een Vriendin Inhuren voor Chinees Nieuwjaar (NOS op 3)

Hoe Jonge Chinezen een Vriendin Inhuren voor Chinees Nieuwjaar (NOS op 3)

(NOS op 3) – For What’s on Weibo I published a story about how Chinese single men and women rent a date to take home with them for Chinese New Year. The NOS featured the story and interviewed me about this issue.

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Chinese People Attacked with Milk Powder in Amsterdam (RTVNH/Parool)

Chinese People Attacked with Milk Powder in Amsterdam (RTVNH/Parool)

What’s on Weibo reported about a failed prank in Amsterdam, where two boys attacked Chinese people with milk powder.

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