China Blogs I Read

Chinasmack

Translated English round-up of what people are actually talking about on China Internet, grabbing stuff from the country’s largest and most influential sites, forums, social networking sites, micro-blogs, etc.

This helped me keep up with my Chinese colleagues during lunches. I warn you, it can be very tabloid-y and controversial but it’s unvarnished, messy, just real and kind of like crack. It can get you depressed about human nature though, like any tabloid…but 10x.

One of my favorite features is their glossary to help you comprehend terms like “BT” (Chinese Internet shorthand for perverted, deviant), and popular culture catchphrases like “My dad is Li Gang” (trust me, everyone knows this).

 

Shanghai Scrap

Wonderful blog by freelance American journalist, Bloomberg World View contributor and Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade author Adam Minter.

Minter has been around China for a long time and knows his stuff, having covered the global recycling industry for more than a decade. It’s surprisingly fascinating stuff, and Minter gave the best talk I’d ever attended in my 7 years in China on this topic. You can’t help but pay attention to this topic while living in China. Case in point here and here.

 

James Fallows at The Atlantic

Technically not a China blog as he does write about the US as well, but he used to be based in Shanghai and Beijing, and often directs his insightful gaze back at China.

A thoughtful, articulate, prolific writer, he’s a national correspondent for The Atlantic currently based in Washington and – cool little factoid – once worked as President Carter’s chief speechwriter at, I believe, 26 years old.

 

Letters From China

People looking for digestible, interesting, well-written content, here you go. Even though it stopped in July 5, 2013, this blog on New Yorker by Beijing-based journalist Evan Osnos is still very much worth a read.

He’s still writing about China nowadays (you’ll notice most former China correspondents can’t help themselves, it gets into their blood) so just click around the New Yorker. You’ll find something for sure.

Oh and if I may humbly suggest, an oldie but a goodie: Chinese Citizens Tour: Europe on 1,500 RMB a Day. It’s laugh-out-loud hilarity, I promise.

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