5 episodes

Reporting trending topics on Chinese social media. Explaining the story behind the hashtag, What's on Weibo provides insights into an ever-changing China.

What's on Weibo Podcast What's on Weibo

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Reporting trending topics on Chinese social media. Explaining the story behind the hashtag, What's on Weibo provides insights into an ever-changing China.

    Li Wenliang Remembered One Year Later: His Life, Death, and Legacy on Chinese Social Media

    Li Wenliang Remembered One Year Later: His Life, Death, and Legacy on Chinese Social Media

    It has been one year since the tragic death of Dr. Li Wenliang dominated Chinese social media and made headlines all over the world.His passing on February 7 in 2020 was a huge moment over the past year, as there was an unprecedented outpour of anger, distrust, and despair flooding Chinese social media in the midst of the coronavirus epidemic in China.In this podcast, we are going to revisit the story of Dr. Li and explore how he is remembered one year later. 

    • 26 min
    Horse Prince, Ambassador, Money Maker - Ding Zhen is China's 2020 Viral Hit

    Horse Prince, Ambassador, Money Maker - Ding Zhen is China's 2020 Viral Hit

    His name is Tenzin, now known as Ding Zhen, and this Khampa Tibetan young man is China's online sensation of the year. Within a matter of days, the 20-year-old from Litang has taken Chinese social media by storm. In this latest What's on Weibo podcast, we explain Ding Zhen's fame from the very beginning, showing how one video clip snowballed into something much bigger than Ding Zhen alone. 

    • 25 min
    Trump Versus Biden –The Sentiments on Chinese Social Media (& More)

    Trump Versus Biden –The Sentiments on Chinese Social Media (& More)

    This is the third What’s on Weibo podcast, reporting the biggest topics trending on Chinese social media. In this episode, we’ll talk about China potentially further relaxing its family-planning rules, calls for laws against animal abuse, and shifting public sentiments towards Trump. Joe Biden or Donald Trump, who is the preferred candidate on Weibo? 

    • 26 min
    The 'Fake Rich' of WeChat 2.0 (and more)

    The 'Fake Rich' of WeChat 2.0 (and more)

    Some are so eager to look picture perfect on their social media feed, that they go to extremes to create a fake online life. This and more was trending on Chinese social media this week.  

    • 19 min
    Death of Tibetan Vlogger Sparks Online Movement against Domestic Violence

    Death of Tibetan Vlogger Sparks Online Movement against Domestic Violence

    The very first What's on Weibo podcast. Trending this week: the story of a Tibetan woman burnt by her ex-husband has triggered outrage on Chinese social media. 

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Sam R&R ,

Excellent compact podcast examining Chinese social media

Ms. Koetse does a great job transitioning her website’s fascinating coverage of Chinese social media to the podcast format. Her insight in the first episode regarding how censorship ultimately fails to censor the topics people are passionate about was very intriguing. I would love to hear more about this in the future. Additionally, it would be great if the podcast can perhaps check back in on how some of the phenomena witnessed on weibo may have progressed... For instance, three months from now, are people still agitated with the domestic violence-related death of the Tibetan blogger?

Even if my recommendations aren’t heeded, I would still say this is a five star listen worth your time if you’re interested in China.

joy.chen.yu ,

Indispensable peek into Chinese society

There now exist out there several terrific sources of news on Chinese government, trade wars, politics, business, economy, etc. But if you want to know what's happening in society, the What's on Weibo news site is indispensable. Not everything in Chinese society is reflected on Weibo, but what is top trending on Weibo is on What's on Weibo. So glad to see it now in a podcast form!

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