Manya Koetse

“Dankbar, im sicheren China zu leben” (NZZ)

“Dankbar, im sicheren China zu leben” (NZZ)

(Neue Zürcher Zeitung) – Die Propaganda kümmert die jungen Leute wenig, die Digitalisierung verläuft rasant – und doch bleibt in den sozialen Netzwerken Chinas der Staat am längeren Hebel. Die Bloggerin Manya Koetse verfolgt Trends auf Weibo, dem grössten Netzwerk des Milliardenlandes.

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Mythbusting China’s Social Credit System (Sinica Podcast)

Mythbusting China’s Social Credit System (Sinica Podcast)

(Sinica/Supchina) – This week on Sinica, Kaiser traveled across the Atlantic to host a live podcast at the Asia Society of Switzerland in Zurich. Our guests are Manya Koetse, editor and founder of What’s on Weibo — a wonderful resource that aggregates and examines trending information from social media platform Sina Weibo — and Rogier Creemers, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Leiden.

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The Chinese Year from Media Angle (The Beijinger)

The Chinese Year from Media Angle (The Beijinger)

(The Beijinger) – This issue of the Beijinger – the last before 2019 – chose the 16 people that make up this issue’s cover feature for their first-hand knowledge of their individual scenes.

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‘Korean Wave’ Neemt de Wereld Over (Aan Tafel bij Twan Huys/RTL Late Night)

‘Korean Wave’ Neemt de Wereld Over (Aan Tafel bij Twan Huys/RTL Late Night)

(RTL Late Night) – De Koreaanse band BTS is slechts een voorbeeld van de immens populaire K-pop-trend in de muziekwereld, legt Manya Koetse uit. Het vormen van de boybands gaat door middel van scouten, selecties en trainingskampen. “Ze worden op zang, dans een taalles getest alsof ze een product zijn”, aldus Koetse.

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Extreme Eating Trends and the Rise of Eating Disorders in China (BBC Documentary)

Extreme Eating Trends and the Rise of Eating Disorders in China (BBC Documentary)

The Food Chain investigates the rise of eating disorders in China. Manya Koetse tells BBC’s Emily Thomas about the recent craze for live binge-eating among young Chinese women and how some of this is disturbingly followed by ‘purging’. Why do they call themselves ‘rabbits’?

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TV Quiz over Xi als Nieuws Propagandamiddel van de Partij (Radio 1 Journaal)

TV Quiz over Xi als Nieuws Propagandamiddel van de Partij (Radio 1 Journaal)

(NOS) – De propaganda in China is van alle tijden, maar Xi Jinping probeert op veel nieuwe manieren zijn boodschap over te brengen op het volk. “Waar Mao zijn denkbeelden verspreidde door middel van posters, doet Xi dat via televisie en bijvoorbeeld korte filmpjes”, zegt Chinakenner Manya Koetse. “De show is een soort Weekend Miljonairs, maar dan gaan de vragen allemaal over de president.”

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Over de Moderne Vrouw in China Vandaag (VPRO Zomer Express)

Over de Moderne Vrouw in China Vandaag (VPRO Zomer Express)

(VPRO) – Vrouwen in China nemen steeds actiever deel aan de economie. Dat is een grote verandering in een land waar familie, huwelijk en kinderen altijd het hoogste doel waren. Hoe gaan moderne Chinese vrouwen hiermee om? We spreken erover met sinoloog Manya Koetse en Chinacorrespondent Eefje Rammeloo.

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Why Chinese Filmgoers Won’t Be Seeing Christopher Robin (BBC World Update)

Why Chinese Filmgoers Won’t Be Seeing Christopher Robin (BBC World Update)

(BBC World Update) – Disney’s latest film Christopher Robin will not be released in Chinese cinemas. Manya Koetse speaks to Paul Henley at BBC World Update (see video by What’s on Weibo here):

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Nieuwe Winnie de Poeh-film Verboden in China (NOS Jeugdjournaal)

Nieuwe Winnie de Poeh-film Verboden in China (NOS Jeugdjournaal)

(Jeugdjournaal) – De nieuwe Winnie de Poeh-film is deze zomer in bijna de hele wereld te zien. Maar niet in China. Volgens sommigen heeft dat te maken met de grapjes die er vaak worden gemaakt over de Chinese president.

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Discussing Social Credit and Latest Trends on the China Experience Show (China.org)

Discussing Social Credit and Latest Trends on the China Experience Show (China.org)

(China.org) – In the latest episode of the ‘China Experience Show,’ an initiative by China state media outlet China.org, I was invited to talk to Bryan Michael Galvan about the most important trends we’ve seen on social media recently.

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The Social Credit System (Asia Society)

The Social Credit System (Asia Society)

(Asia Society) – Transparent citizens, police state, totalitarian rule: The catchphrases used to describe the Social Credit System (SCS) are oftentimes lurid. Manya Koetse of ‘What’s on Weibo’ on ordinary citizens’ lives under the Social Credit System.

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Beijing XI: Taobao Girls

Beijing XI: Taobao Girls

She is holding the latest Samsung phone with her shoulder, briskly taps the iPad in her lap and dangles a cigarette in between her fingers. “Lily, here’s your mojito,” I say.

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Frozen ‘Let it Go’ Sing-a-Long in Mandarin

Frozen ‘Let it Go’ Sing-a-Long in Mandarin

A great way to learn Mandarin as a beginner, or study new words and keep them in your head as an intermediate learner, is to sing-a-long.

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Bringing Worlds Together – ‘New World (Shinsekai Story)’ and ‘Fly me to Minami’ by filmmaker Lim Kah Wai

Bringing Worlds Together – ‘New World (Shinsekai Story)’ and ‘Fly me to Minami’ by filmmaker Lim Kah Wai

Producer and director Lim Kah Wai is an expert in bringing worlds together in his films. Having worked and lived in both Japan and China, his deep connection with these countries becomes apparent through his work.

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Sinterklaas & Zwarte Piet- Who Do We Think They Are?

Sinterklaas & Zwarte Piet- Who Do We Think They Are?

The celebration of the Saint Nicholas festival and the Dutch ‘Sinterklaas’ practices have survived for the last 500 years. Despite the strength of the tradition, disagreement about it has almost become a tradition in itself.

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Talk to Type Chinese – Baidu Gets What You Mean

Talk to Type Chinese – Baidu Gets What You Mean

Voice recognition has been around for years, but those who use smartphones probably have found themselves frustrated and screaming at Iphone’s ‘Siri’.

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Japan State of Mind

Japan State of Mind

There is something magical about a travel state of mind. There seems to be no past and no future, everything evolves around the present and what you see right now, where you will eat and what the plan for the day is.

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Top 10 Apps for Studying Chinese

Top 10 Apps for Studying Chinese

Countless apps have emerged over the years that will help you improve your Chinese. This top 10 is my personal list of favorite apps

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Review: Reconstructing Postwar Sino-Japanese Relations

Review: Reconstructing Postwar Sino-Japanese Relations

Sino-Japanese Relations after World War II: Abnormal Historical Process and Construction, a review of the book by Liu Jianping.

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Shanghai Baby: Beyond China- A Chinese Novel Banished to the West

Shanghai Baby: Beyond China- A Chinese Novel Banished to the West

“My name is Nikki but my friends all call me Coco after Coco Chanel, a French lady who lived to be almost ninety. She’s my idol, after Henry Miller. Every morning when I open my eyes I wonder what I can do to make myself famous. It’s become my ambition, almost my raison d’être, to burst upon the city like fireworks. “

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