Manya Koetse

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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Baozi for Breakfast – De Hotspots van Bruisend Beijing

Baozi for Breakfast – De Hotspots van Bruisend Beijing

China is groot- hèèl groot. Daarom moeten er voor elke reis richting China ook grote keuzes gemaakt worden. Ga je naar het terracottaleger in Xian of toch naar de imponerende Bund van Shanghai?

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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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Mao’s Honger Naar Macht

Mao’s Honger Naar Macht

Op een zomerse dag in 1958 lag Mao Zedong aan zijn zwembad in Beijing. Het was de beginperiode van Mao’s Grote Stap Voorwaarts, een project dat China binnen vijftien jaar een grotere macht dan Groot-Brittannië moest maken.

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The ‘Magic’ of Memory: Chinese and Japanese Re-Remembrances of the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945)

The ‘Magic’ of Memory: Chinese and Japanese Re-Remembrances of the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945)

More than 60 years have gone by since the Second Sino-Japanese war. Although time has moved on, the war is still very much alive in memory and affect Sino-Japanese relations to this day.

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Gendered Nationalism and May Fourth: China’s ‘New Woman’

Gendered Nationalism and May Fourth: China’s ‘New Woman’

The May Fourth Movement (1915-24) is also referred to as the Chinese Enlightenment or the Chinese Renaissance. It is the cultural revolution that was brought about by the political demonstrations on the fourth of May 1919

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Beyond the Whale – Japan, The West & The Whaling Issue

Beyond the Whale – Japan, The West & The Whaling Issue

The whaling issue is not that black and white; there’s more to ‘the whale’ than the whale alone. Why did the Japanese start whaling? And why didn’t they stop?

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From Gal to Lady –  Gender, Language and Japan’s Kogals

From Gal to Lady – Gender, Language and Japan’s Kogals

It has been since the middle of the 1990s that a new trend in Japanese women’s language emerged. This new type of slang was used by girls that were labeled “kogals”.

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Crossing the Borders of Gender In China

Crossing the Borders of Gender In China

What does it mean to be a woman in China? What does it mean to be gay? What does sexuality, in general, stand for in Chinese society?

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