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Han Han: Racecar driver, all round bad boy and China’s biggest blogger

Notorious ‘public intellectual’ Han Han talks about his love-hate relationship with Shanghai and being one of Time magazine’s ‘most influential figures’

Dropping out of school at 16, Han Han is not well-educated in traditional Chinese values, but he is one of China’s most influential literary figures, publishing his own magazine and authoring the most popular blog in the country. According to, Han’s blog, hosted on the popular portal and forum (find it here, Chinese only), has the most clicks in the Chinese-speaking world. Starting in 2003, Han Han added “professional race car driver” to his ever-growing resume when he officially entered the pro circuit racing in a number of Chinese and international events. Han Han was named by Time Magazine as one of the world’s most influential people this year in 2009. Click here to read more »

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China Looks Askance at a New Satiric Novel

Gady Epstein

It’s the year 2013: China has emerged triumphant from a second global financial crisis, more confident than ever that the Western model is broken and that its own brand of authoritarian capitalism is superior. Starbucks-Wang Wang cafes (the Seattle company was bought out) are making Chinese-themed drinks popular around the globe. The dollar depreciates 30%, gold skyrockets to $2,000 an ounce and China takes over the world.

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Han Han

The 2010 TIME 100

By Simon Elegant

Best-selling novelist, champion race-car driver, wasp-tongued enfant terrible of China’s literary world — Han Han has been all these things. But the Shanghai native, 27, has vaulted into a unique new role in the past year. In mid-2009, Han became China’s most popular blogger. He doesn’t focus on the mundane details of his daily life or celebrity gossip. Instead, he zeroes in on the ills of contemporary Chinese society, his barbed posts targeting topics from official venality to the failings of a state-produced movie about Confucius.

So far, Han has been adept at negotiating the authorities’ unspoken boundaries on permissible criticism. He is aware of the responsibility that comes with his new prominence. “All of us standing on this stage…should strive to slowly remove those high walls,” he wrote in a recent post in which he discussed government restrictions on the Internet. “Then, when the sun shines in, it will be such a light that no one will ever be able to extinguish it again.”

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Lunch with China’s Mo Yan

By Simon Elegant

Mo Yan ought to be in his element. The 55-year-old Chinese writer (Mo Yan is a pen name, Guan Moye his real one) is in his hometown of Gaomi, Shandong province, a place he has described as the wellspring of his creativity. It’s also the location of most of his vivid, at times brilliant, novels. Local Communist Party officials are honoring the town’s famous son with a lavish lunch, but as the dishes are served — three kinds of fish, oysters, sea cucumber — the author looks increasingly surprised. “I had no idea that Gaomi had a restaurant of such high quality,” he finally blurts, to the amusement of his hosts. Click here to read more »


HK Economic Journal

HK economic Journal


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