About Danwei

What is Danwei?
Danwei is a website about media, advertising and urban life in China.

With frequent reference to and translations from Mainland Chinese media, we publish fresh information about China that you won't find anywhere else. We also produce original video shows and audio podcasts about China.

Using extensive Chinese language sources, we keeps tabs on a wide variety of subjects including legal and business stories, media and entertainment gossip, and the environment.

The Chinese word 'Danwei' (单位) means 'unit', as in a unit of currency or measurement, or as in 'work unit' - the old term for a state-owned company that was supposed to provide cradle-to-grave employment, housing and medical treatment.

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Danwei contributors
Regular Danwei contributors include Jeremy Goldkorn, Joel Martinsen, Eric Mu, and Alice Xin Liu. See our contributors page for more information.

Guest contributions
Danwei welcomes contributions - text, photographs and video - but there is no guarantee of publication. Please refer to our style guide before sending any article longer than a paragraph to us.

Send links and tips to suggest@danwei.org or contact us at the relevant email address as listed above.

Copyrights and republishing
Everything on Danwei is either originally created, used with permission, or is what we consider fair use. If you have any objection to any material on Danwei because of copyright issues, please let us know: ipr@danwei.org.

Individual Danwei articles that are written by staff contributors listed here may be quoted or republished in full on websites and RSS feeds, but may not be reprinted, broadcast or re-used in non-internet media without written permission. Republication of guest contributed posts, re-use of large amounts of Danwei content, or rebroadcasting of our RSS feed requires prior permission. Write to ipr@danwei.org.

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From 2008
Books on China
The Eurasian Face : Blacksmith Books, a publishing house in Hong Kong, is behind The Eurasian Face, a collection of photographs by Kirsteen Zimmern. Below is an excerpt from the series:
Big in China: An adapted excerpt from Big In China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising A Family, Playing The Blues and Becoming A Star in China, just published this month. Author Alan Paul tells the story of arriving in Beijing as a trailing spouse, starting a blues band, raising kids and trying to make sense of China.
Pallavi Aiyar's Chinese Whiskers: Pallavi Aiyar's first novel, Chinese Whiskers, a modern fable set in contemporary Beijing, will be published in January 2011. Aiyar currently lives in Brussels where she writes about Europe for the Business Standard. Below she gives permissions for an excerpt.
Front Page of the Day
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From the Vault
Classic Danwei posts
+ Korean history doesn't fly on Chinese TV screens (2007.09): SARFT puts the kibbosh on Korean historical dramas.
+ Religion and government in an uneasy mix (2008.03): Phoenix Weekly (凤凰周刊) article from October, 2007, on government influence on religious practice in Tibet.
+ David Moser on Mao impersonators (2004.10): I first became aware of this phenomenon in 1992 when I turned on a Beijing TV variety show and was jolted by the sight of "Mao Zedong" and "Zhou Enlai" playing a game of ping pong. They both gave short, rousing speeches, and then were reverently interviewed by the emcee, who thanked them profusely for taking time off from their governmental duties to appear on the show.
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