Thomas Crampton

Social Media in China and across Asia

Shanghai

Shanghai Russian Concession Sports Trophy

Feb 23, 2009

Shanghai Russian Concession Sports Trophy

This being Oscars season, here is a remarkable 1935 Russian Regiment sports trophy from Shanghai that just sold on Ebay to someone in the Russian Federation. Measuring 3.7/8″ (inches) highs, 1.5/8″ in diameter and weighing 37grams or 1.1/4ozs, the trophy sold for 1,451 pounds. According to the seller, the flag seal in enamel is taken

Jewish Shanghai Worth the Visit

Aug 8, 2008

Jewish Shanghai Worth the Visit

I highly recommend Dvir Bar-Gal‘s entertaining and informative walking tours of Jewish Shanghai. You will see a side of Shanghai that most people don’t know exists and gain a greater understanding of the city’s past. Dvir is working to preserve old parts of Shanghai, something that interests too few people. Old Maps: Paul French, a

Shanghai To Cruise Ships: Duck

Aug 7, 2008

Shanghai To Cruise Ships: Duck

Matthew Crabbe’s Access Asia newsletter reports a rather unfortunate piece of planning in Shanghai. It appears that cruise ships headed for Shanghai’s much vaunted new cruise terminal first need to duck under a low bridge. Not good news in the era of super-sized cruise ships. There has been much reporting lately of the new Beijing

Dvir Bar-Gal

Aug 6, 2008

Dvir Bar-Gal

Dvir Bar-Gal offers highly entertaining and informative walking tours of Jewish Shanghai. You will see a side of Shanghai that most people don’t know exists. Dvir is a Shanghai-based Israel-born journalist who has dedicated himself to saving the building, memories and trying to build a memorial to the Jews of Shanghai. He has collected for

Shanghai Photog Seeks MultiMedia Fixer/Assistant

Jul 21, 2008

This help-wanted advert is a sign of the times and should be a lesson to all young people looking to enter journalism. You NEED those multimedia skills! Shanghai-based photographer Sharron Lovell, who has a great portfolio, seeks a part time fixer/assistant/translator to work on an assignment in Shanghai from as soon as possible until early

Journalism jobs in Shanghai

Jun 24, 2008

Maria Trombly, whose company covers a range of topics from Asian securities to payments and technology for trade magazines, is constantly on the lookout for freelance copy editors and reporters. Now, she is also looking for a full-time entertainment industry reporter. The jobs pay local scale — not US rates. But she says those working

Chinesepod: Rare backstage tour with Hank Horkoff

Jun 18, 2008

Chinesepod: Rare backstage tour with Hank Horkoff

This quick tour of the Chinesepod offices in Shanghai with Hank Horkoff reveals many secrets of the highly popular Web 2.0 Chinese-language learning service. Launched by a web expert (Horkoff) and a language teaching expert (Ken Carroll), Praxis Language Ltd has evolved into an office of Babel, with language teachers from Shanghai now using their

Adam Schokora

May 20, 2008

Adam Schokora is a Shanghai-based Chinese Internet watcher who leads Edelman Digital in China. He also contributes to a number of blogs, including the wildly popular Danwei.org, with posts on Internet trends, developments in digital communications, media and his internet video show “The Shanghai Beat”.

Twitter in China (Cloned of course)

May 20, 2008

The Pacific Ocean appeared to protect China from the Twitter craze hitting the US and Europe over the last year. No more! (Note for Luddite friends: Twitter is a San Francisco micro-blogging phenome that has thousands of people sending 160 character sms messages to each other. It is weird, yes, but also somewhat addictive.) China

Paul French: Why Tom Doctoroff is wrong about China

May 5, 2008

Shanghai-based writer/businessman Paul French rants (and froths a little) in this video about why China marketing guru Tom Doctoroff is wrong about China. Doctoroff is CEO Greater China of J. Walter Thompson, a blogger and author of the bestselling book Billions: Selling to the New Chinese Consumer. UPDATE: Doctoroff accepted my invitation to reply and

Paul French

May 5, 2008

Paul French

A north Londoner-turned-Shanghai-based writer and businessman who has had a colorful career jaunt around Asia, including a 14-month stint in North Korea setting up DHL operations. French has written a number of books, including one on North Korea and a biography of Shanghai adman from the 1920s and 30s, Carl Crow. French is fond of

Shanghaiist

May 3, 2008

Shanghaiist

Met with Dan Washburn and Kenneth Tan of the Shanghaiist this morning for brunch. Dan, a former newspaper writer in America’s Bible belt, came to China in 2002 and started an urban blog called Shanghai Diaries. Seeing the popularity of the site – and lack of such a site for Shanghai – Washburn approached the

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