Thomas Crampton

Next Beta: Social Media's Evolution, Globally


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.

Chris Patten: Obama’s Worrying Trade Stance

Nov 5, 2008

In 90-seconds, Chris Patten, Hong Kong’s last British governor, praises Obama’s election, but expresses deep concerns about the trade policies Obama stated on the campaign trail. Patten, who has been traveling through the region to promote his new book What’s Next, went further in his remarks at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, urging Obama to ignore

Obama China and Japan Policies

Oct 29, 2008

Excellent summary of key positions on China, Japan and Asia from Obama (and McCain) from the Center for Strategic & International Studies (h/t to Chris Nelson) Overall priorities for East Asia Senator Obama: The United States has long played a pivotal role in preserving the peace in Asia and undergirding its economic development. That leadership

China Would Vote Obama

Oct 23, 2008

China Daily reports that Obama wins the China vote. Among the Obama links to China is his half-brother, Mark Ndesandjo who runs a Internet company in Shenzhen. An online poll conducted on China Daily’s website by the US embassy, shows Obama enjoys the support of 75 percent among the Chinese. A Horizon Research survey released

Obama’s Sun Yat Sen Connection

Sep 6, 2008

Obama’s Sun Yat Sen Connection

Barack Obama and Sun Yat Sen, the father of modern China, attended the same prep school in Hawaii. Richard Komaiko writes in Asia Sentinel that this may help Obama with China relations: The two men’s attendance at the Punaho School occurred nearly a century apart, so the connection is admittedly a weak one. However, because

Obama’s Brother Runs Internet Company in China

Jul 27, 2008

Obama’s Brother Runs Internet Company in China

UPDATE: Thanks to readers of this blog I have compiled a profile of Mark Ndsandjo, complete with photos. I would very much like to meet him to do a video, so if you know him, let me know! Barack Obama has a half-brother living in Shenzhen who runs an Internet company that helps Chinese companies

China votes for Barack Obama

Jul 8, 2008

China votes for Barack Obama

At least that is the conclusion of the Asia Society. The Asia Society compiled a nicely presented video of policy leaders from across Asia saying which US presidential candidate is viewed most favorably in their part of the world. Barack Obama won hands down in countries across the region. China would vote for Obama in

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