Thomas Crampton

Social Media in China and across Asia

Barack Obama

Best Obama Front Pages in the Middle East

Jan 20, 2009

Best Obama Front Pages in the Middle East

Or, more accurately, those that I could find. Send over images of others if you can find them! (Press “more” below to get the full posting.

Best Obama Front Pages in Europe

Jan 20, 2009

Best Obama Front Pages in Europe

European papers have already started turning up on the Internet. I will expand this as more come online. (Press on the “more” tab for full list)

Best Obama Front Pages of Asia

Jan 20, 2009

Best Obama Front Pages of Asia

I gathered a collection of the best Obama front pages from across Asia. Coverage was understated in many newspapers – including Indonesia, which I found a little surprising. (Malaysia’s Star marked the occasion with a call to fight Dengue.) Press the “more” button if you only see 4 front pages.

Make your own Obama icon

Jan 20, 2009

Make your own Obama icon

Funny website put up by Paste Magazine allows you to make your very own Obama icon. I chose the Dude, of course.

Video of Mark Ndesandjo playing piano

Jan 18, 2009

Video of Mark Ndesandjo playing piano

Below is a Chinese TV report on Mark Ndesandjo’s concert in Shenzhen to benefit a Chinese orphanage. By now, Mark should be on a flight to Washington for the inauguration. Barack Obama’s half-brother who lives in China, running an Internet company, you can find out more information at the profile page I have compiled on

Obama half-brother plays Jazz for Shenzhen fundraiser

Jan 17, 2009

Obama half-brother plays Jazz for Shenzhen fundraiser

SHENZHEN, CHINA: A fundraiser last night in Shenzhen featured a unique jazz pianist: Barack Obama’s half-brother. As I have detailed in the past – and on this profile page about Mark Ndesandjo – Obama’s half-brother has lived in the south China boomtown city of Shenzhen for more than seven years. The event was organized by

Possible Obama Ambassadors to Japan and China

Jan 10, 2009

Chris Nelson of Samuels International offers the latest speculation in Washington about Obama’s Ambassadorships to Tokyo and Beijing. He suggests Bob Rubin??!! who recently quit Citi. Anyone have further thoughts? On Monday, we inadvertently started a Japanese media feeding frenzy on who will be Obama’s Ambassador to Tokyo, with a one line comment, “think Joe

Early Assessment of Obama’s Asia team UPDATED

Jan 5, 2009

From Chris Nelson at Samuels International Anyone know more about these people or possible other picks? UPDATE ON NAMES AT BOTTOM OF POSTING. Summary: The Asia-focused summary is: Amb. Jeff Bader to replace Dennis Wilder as the NSC’s Senior Director, Asia; Kurt Campbell to replace Chris Hill as Asst. Sec. State EAP…barring some currently unforeseen

Video: Barack Obama’s half-brother in China

Nov 30, 2008

Below video report shows Mark Ndesandjo, half-brother of Barack Obama who lives in Shenzhen, China. Ndesandjo runs an Internet company that helps Chinese companies develop better websites to export and volunteers his time teaching music at an orphanage. His Mandarin sounds pretty good in the video and he appears to be practicing his Chinese calligraphy.

SIME: Obama’s election and social media

Nov 13, 2008

Just did a presentation at the Scandinavian Interactive Media Event conference here in Stockholm about how Barack Obama used social media to win the presidency. For those attending, here are links to some of the videos I highlighted.

Request: Obama’s Half-Brother Mark Ndesandjo in China

Nov 6, 2008

UPDATE: Response has been great, allowing me to build a strong profile page with photos of Mark Ndesandjo that been referenced now on many sites and blog. (But I have still not been able to make contact with him.) This is a reporting request: Curious if anyone out there knows Mark Ndesandjo, Barack Obama’s half

Martin Luther King on Barack Obama

Nov 4, 2008

Martin Luther King’s final speech before his assassination seems highly resonant with Barack Obama’s projected victory (12 noon, Hong Kong time): We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity

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