Thomas Crampton

Social Media in China and across Asia

Mark Ndesandjo

US Govt Polls Asian Journalists about Obama

Nov 13, 2009

US Govt Polls Asian Journalists about Obama

Are you a journalist in Asia? Obama wants to hear from you! The US State Department has started looking for feedback from journalists in Asia about Obama’s speech tomorrow. (No pressure, Mr. Speechwriter!) Here’s the email that has been sent to local media in Hong Kong. What do you think?Seeking your reaction to President Obama’s

President Oba Mao Heads to China

Oct 20, 2009

President Oba Mao Heads to China

China is gearing up for Barack Obama’s upcoming visit. As pictures from Wen Xue City show, the T-shirt vendors are already warmed up, Mr President! (While in Ireland this summer, people referred to the US President as O’Bama, as in O’Brien.) My question: Will Obama meet with his half-brother Mark Ndesandjo who lives in Shenzhen?

Rumors: Obama’s China and Japan ambassadors

Feb 4, 2009

Chris Nelson of Samuels International has the latest rumors on Obama’s appointments for China and Japan ambassadorships: Many Loyal Readers ask who we are hearing for Obama’s Ambassador to China, now that it does appear the candidates for Japan have been narrowed to Joe Nye and Joe Nye. If Harvard Prof. Nye is formally offered,

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 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.

Mark Ndesandjo

Nov 21, 2008

Mark Ndesandjo

Mark Ndesandjo is president Barack Obama’s half-brother who lives in Shenzhen, teaches piano at an orphanage and runs an Internet company, World Nexus, that helps Chinese companies export to the US. The company website says they assist Chinese companies set up websites for foreign customers. Their motto: “Good Communication is Good Business”. Boilerplate says Worldnexus

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