Sina is China’s largest blogging platform, hosting the blogs of many Chinese celebrities and intellectuals – the same company runs the microblogging platform weibo. Some of the pieces we source from aggregators My1510 and Consensus Networks are originally published on Sina. We occasionally find pieces on individual Sina blogs – and more regularly republish the works of sociologist Li Yinhe, focusing on gender issues, and of Taiwanese writer Wu Danru, which focus on women’s issues.

Youqu Xinwen gathers odd news from around the world – including China – to entertain its readers in short snippets. Outrageous wedding proposals, over-the-top grand-parents, bizarre encounters on the metro: you’ll find them all at Youqu Xinwen. Most of the texts in ‘Mansi’s column’ come from this source. They are typically short, easy to read and translate, and entertaining. Have fun!

Shu Dong is a website gathering the stories of everyday China: people anonymously post on it, sharing their sadness, fears, and tensions. Stories published on Shu Dong are very personal, and tend to focus on everyday life and family relations. These articles give a direct access into the feelings and values of young Chinese people today.

This link offers a more detailed introduction to the website.

This first official bulloger website (a word play on the word “blog” in Chinese) was founded by Luo Yonghao in 2006. After being shut down by the government, an international version of the original website was created, and hosted at bulloger.com. The website is now shut again, and unaccessible.

Dissatisfied with the censorship legislation, Luo Yonghao strives for contents from liberal and edgy Chinese bloggers, offering different views from those of  traditional media channels restricted by censorship law. Our selection of articles from Bullogger offers reflections on cultural, political and economic issues. Articles are generally a stimulating read – though the closure of the website means we haven’t been able to source any fresh content from them yet.

Key writers from Bullogger include He Weifang, Liu Yu, Xu Zhiyuan, Kun Kun,

Consensus Network (共识网) is a platform founded in 2009 by Lide Gongshi Network Media Technology: its address is www.21ccom.net. The aim of this platform is to find consensus amongst the people in “an era of great change”. Its content includes international affairs, individual thoughts, historical interpretation and a look into China. Their selection proposes in-depth analysis from a range of  leading Chinese writers and intellectuals.

Articles from Consensus Network on our platform tend to be longer and more complex than those from other sources – but very well worth the read! Among authors who publish on Consensus Networks, you may be interested in the poetic prose of Muran, the legal reflections of Chen Hongguo, pieces on urbanisation by Zhou Qiren, or the work of celebrity educator Xin Lijian.

 

Douban.comlaunched on March 6, 2005, is a Chinese social networking website allowing registered users to create content related to cultural life in Chinese cities. Some Chinese authors and critics also register their official personal pages on the site.

Douban registered users are mostly young urban Chinese people who go to the platform for ratings and reviews of books/movies or music or join movements and discussion boards, and it gives a direct insight into emerging trends in urban China. Articles we select from Douban tend to be more personal and meditative than those from other sources.

Key writers from Douban include: Wei Zhou, Jiong Jiong and Lan Ran.

Readers and users often ask us where we source our texts. So we thought it was time we prepared a short series of posts about our sources.

Our first go-to website is My1510.This online platform created by Chinese TV journalist Rose LuQiu LuWei brings together articles written by different Chinese writers and bloggers. Some of the pieces published here are shared from traditional media, while some are original blog posts; some writers are recognised intellectuals others emerging citizen bloggers. Topics range from politics, society and cultural analysis to more personal reflections on contemporary Chinese life.

The platform was developed around one core vision: to provide independent opinions and valuable information. My1510 bridges the gap between news from traditional media channels and opinions from citizen bloggers, striving to be a platform that provides valuable information for its readers.

Our key authors all publish on My1510. Among them, you may wish to look at the works of Li Yehang (religion), Zhang Tianpan (cultural analysis and social enterprise), Cui Weiping (film criticism and historical reflection), Yu Yiwei (everyday life and commentary), or Feng Qingyang (economy).