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 and phenomena, discourse and debates on the Chinese Internet for non-Chinese audiences, but for our money, the very best of the bunch is — public opinion with Chinese characteristics — written by Ma Tianjie. A graduate of Peking University who now works for China Dialogue, Ma Tianjie offers penetrating insight and analysis written with great flare. He joins Kaiser, Jeremy, 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. [standalone mp3 file] [rss feed]
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April 20, 2016
Any links to the recommendations?
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April 21, 2016

Ada - Charles M Blow "Clinton vs Sanders Activism" -

Jeremy - A documentary "Morning Sun (2003)" - Another documentary by Carma Hinton and Geremie Barmé is called "The Gate of Heavenly Peace (1995)"

Ma Tianjie - "Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China" by Guy Delisle (Amazon UK:*Version*=1&*entries*=0). This author also has "Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea" and "Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City".

Kaiser - 特殊交易 - or

 said on
April 23, 2016
nice one!
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April 24, 2016
Took me a while, but I think I found Jeremy's recommended documentary on youtube.

Morning Sun, link:
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May 19, 2016
I found MORNING SUN too, and uploaded the English subtitles here if anyone is interested:

Fantastic episode - thanks!
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March 2, 2018
Ooph, that small-talk at the beginning where he jokes about "I believe I hit on you when we first met!" was *TOO* awkward. I felt so bad for the other people in the room having to painfully ignore that creepy comment. As a general tip dude, your women peers really don't care that you find them attractive. For the sake of your career, I'm letting you know that you come across as someone who's nice enough to be tolerated, but threatening enough that people would quietly warn their women friends to avoid you.
Mark Lesson Studied