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The depth and breadth of Zhang Lijia’s Lotus – review

The Asian Review of Books puts author and journalist Zhang Lijia’s book Lotus: A Novel in perspective in their review by Glyn Ford of the widely acclaimed work. “In the end the women are stronger than the men,” Ford concludes.

E-publishers better than print for authors – Shaun Rein

Online reading is developing fast into a major industry in China and China Reading of Tencent is heading for a huge IPO in Hong Kong later this year. For authors, e-publishing has major advantages compared to print publishing, says bestseller author Shaun Rein to Knowledge CKGSB.

How hype and greed destroy the bike-renting business – Jeffrey Towson

As long as funds are flooding the bike-renting business, the dance will go on. But, warns Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson at his website, when the music stops, the dancing will be over. Consumers might be the winners, as long as the music plays.

Where Xi Jinping has been failing – Ian Johnson

China annual political meetings passed without any great upheaval, but not all is well for president Xi Jinping, writes veteran journalist Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao in the New York Review of Book. No legal reforms, no successor, and then there is the economy.

Life of a prostitute – Zhang Lijia

Zhang Lijia’s book Lotus: A Novel got already much praise from reviewers. For the South China Morning Post she describes the life of Yong Gan, the main female character in her book, and how she ended, like 10 million other women, in prostitution in China.

Religion: flourishing in China – Ian Johnson

When you believe Western media, religion is suffering severely from repression in China. But author Ian Johnson explored for his book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao the different religions in the country and discovered they are flourishing like they did not do for a long time, he tells to Christianity Today.

What makes China tick? – Ian Johnson

Journalist Ian Johnson discusses his forthcoming book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao on the return of religion in China. Chinese want now to do more than only make money, he says. They are looking what brings us together. What makes China tick?

PBOC promises for fintech and startups – Andy Mok

Business analyst Andy Mok has nine take-away’s from this week’s central bank’s press conference. Fintech and startups got priority from the government, he writes in CGTN, and they prepare for global expansion. But domesticallly virtual currencies and digital payment systems are kept under control to avoid capital flight.

Conflicting messages hurt business confidence – Shaun Rein

On one hand China tries to embark with “One Belt, One Road” on a massive global expansion. But financial limitations on the outflow of capital go against that. Those conflicting messages makes business people worried about what road to take, says business analyst Shaun Rein to the South China Morning Post.

Breaking the stranglehold of Google and Facebook on mobile apps – William Bao Bean

Making money on mobile apps is – despite their popularity – almost impossible. Taiwan-based MOX and Shanghai-based Chinaccelator try to break the stranglehold of Google and Facebook on this industry, says William Bao Bean, managing director of both, to Tech in Asia.

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