My Favorite China Articles for January 2017


Greetings from Peking University in Beijing.

I send out a monthly reading list with the best China articles (and books) I have come across. If you would like to be on this list, you can sign up at Also, if you come across any really great articles, please send them to me.

Here’s my list for January 2017. Cheers, Jeff

– Articles –

How China Built iPhone City

A great NYTimes article about how an entire Chinese city builds iPhones – and the government deal that laid its foundation.

Jean Liu, Driving the Ride-Hailing Phenomenon

Forget Sheryl Sandberg (and Marissa Mayer). I think Jean Liu of Chinese Didi is the top woman in technology today.

China’s Growth Breathes New Life Into Ghost Cities

I argue that China’s “ghost cities” have mostly been a media creation (they have a cool name and interesting photos). Many were just “too soon to market” cities.

– Books and Reports –

The Innovator’s Dilemma

By Clayton Christensen. Not China-related directly. But such a great book. I find it very helpful for thinking about disruption.

How Will You Measure Your Life?

Also by Clayton Christensen. Such an awesome question to ask yourself.

– My Recent Articles –

Why Doesn’t Starbucks Have a Serious Competitor in China?

I’ve been asking this question for months and still can’t get a good answer.

What Airbnb Should Do Differently Than Uber in China

Airbnb is making serious moves to enter the still nascent home-sharing market in China. Uber’s experience has some pretty useful lessons.

How I Failed as a Writer for 5 Years Before Becoming a LinkedIn Top Voice

My experience as a long-struggling writer – and how I eventually found my way.

– A Final Funny One –

Anhui Middle-Schoolers Take Exams Wearing Anti-Cheating Hats

Funny. The joke circulating is there is still at least one good use for print media.

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Thanks for reading. My writing (and speaking) are on how rising Chinese consumers are changing the world. (#ConsumerChina). This also includes work on:

  • China 2025″ – what a region transformed by Chinese consumers, companies and capital is going to look like. (#China2025)

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