Lessons Learned from Organizing Harvard China Forum

At Harvard, I co-led the organization of Harvard China Forum, the largest student-run China conference in North America that attracts 1,200 attendees and features over 100 speakers each year. The speaker list is a who's who of prominent figures in the US-China cross-border world. It was not easy to run a large event as students … Continue reading Lessons Learned from Organizing Harvard China Forum

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Has Tech Made China Less Friendly to Foreigners?

For every app that I use, there is a China equivalent that I put into a category on my phone called “China.”   This screenshot reminds me of how self-contained China’s tech ecosystem has become. Chinese people use Chinese apps. Non-Chinese people use non-Chinese apps. Those who travel back and forth, like me, usually have … Continue reading Has Tech Made China Less Friendly to Foreigners?

Why Sending WeChat Voice Messages is a Status Symbol

WeChat has a voice message function that allows you to press a button and record your message. For the uninitiated, this is just another way of sending messages that’s interchangeable with text messages. However, sending a voice message on WeChat is considered obnoxious in the Chinese professional world, and usually only tolerated if it is … Continue reading Why Sending WeChat Voice Messages is a Status Symbol

4 Philosophies Underlying the WeChat Mini-Program – Lessons from the Father of WeChat

The man who built WeChat, China’s No.1 communication tool with 877 million daily users, rarely appears in public. The 47-year-old Allen Zhang (Zhang Xiaolong) is a low-profile, chain-smoking, and hardcore programmer who prefers to let his product speak for itself. However, last December, WeChat held its own version of the WWDC in Guangzhou, where Zhang … Continue reading 4 Philosophies Underlying the WeChat Mini-Program – Lessons from the Father of WeChat

Reflection on a Summer of Getting The Information

Writing China-related tech news for The Information this summer was hands down the most rewarding professional experience I have ever had. The Information was built on the belief that people are willing to pay for truly good content, and I leave even more convinced about this thesis and the values of the organization: a relentless focus on … Continue reading Reflection on a Summer of Getting The Information