Public opinion with Chinese characteristics


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Ma Tianjie, the author of Chublic Opinion, shares the story behind his blog about the trends and discourse found on Chinese social media.

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The immense popularity of social media has afforded China watchers a terrific window onto public opinion in China. In recent years, a slew of English-language websites have emerged to interpret the various trends, phenomena, discourse and debates on the Chinese internet for non-Chinese audiences, but for our money, the very best of the bunch is Chublic Opinion — public opinion with Chinese characteristics. Written by Ma Tianjie, a graduate of Peking University who now works for China Dialogue, the blog offers penetrating insight and analysis with great flare. He joins Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn and Ada Shen in the studio for a wide-ranging discussion that reveals the mysterious origins of “diaosi” culture and looks at some of the controversies and conversations that have dominated Weibo and WeChat in recent months.