Don’t reinvent the wheel

Earlier this month, a Beijing-based web browser startup named Redcore — which claimed to be 100%-China-developed and which targeted government customers — raised $36 million in funding. But internet users found out that ironically, not only was this startup that asserted to have “broken the American monopoly” not fully powered by Chinese technologies, it was,…

Chinese carrier deliberately censors content in the US? Stop the witch-hunt.

On July 4, The Washington Post published an op-ed headlined “China’s biggest cellphone company censors content — even in the United States,” revealing that users of China Mobile — a Chinese state-owned telecoms carrier — are unable to access websites banned in China while roaming in the US. The article characterizes the case as evidence…

On using the Western name order

Media outlets consistently refer to people with Asian full names in the Eastern name order (i.e. last name, then first name). I soon found that there was a reason behind this: The AP Stylebook, a grammar style guide which most American journalists follow, states that Asian (Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese) names should follow the Eastern name order. While…

The problem with trends

I was fortunate to be born in the era of the internet. I grew up hearing all the tales of Facebook, Google, Apple, and their founders… and of course, Tencent, Baidu, and Alibaba. As a child, adults often asked what I wanted to be in the future. I could not give an exact answer. So…