This blog is for those who are interested in China and Chinese culture. Now, I can even see some of you go, “Come on! Another blog about China? That’s exactly what the world needs.” Well, you’re right, in a sense. China is in the media all the time, for better or worse. Yet surprisingly, pervasive as media are in the U.S., I find it still difficult to get a picture of China that’s a little more than caricature. Unfortunately, American or Chinese mainstream media are very often quite inadequate or even misleading (although maybe in different directions). As someone who stands in a space between America and China, I often find myself caught in the crossfires of under-representation and misrepresentation of the Chinese society and culture in American and Chinese media. And I don’t like it a bit.
I’m not going to pose myself as an expert on China just because I’m a Chinese national, nor will I speak for the Chinese people. My only intent for this blog is to show people outside China some “other” pictures of the country, pictures with messy details, discordant colors, and inconsistent perspectives, pictures that are not seen in western media. This blog is dedicated to topics Chinese people are talking in social media, on alternative news websites, or in online communities—topics that reveal what they think, love, fear, aspire, and more. I hope you’ll enjoy them, despite or because of their messiness.