About Jonathan Baldwin

Lecturer at the University of Dundee and writer on design and education.

China’s Ad Industry

Graham Fink

Graham Fink, head of Ogilvy and Mather’s Shanghai office:

China is a young market when it comes to advertising, as it only started doing it 15-20 years ago. Therefore there is less sophistication in the ads, especially in the lower tier cities. So the overall standard of work is not as high as in the West. However I am now noticing a real change in attitude from some of our clients who want more creative work. And as more Chinese clients visit the Cannes Festival Of Creativity they are seeing the effect that creativity has on effectiveness, and therefore their business. An ad that wins creative awards and wins effectiveness awards can now be accurately measured to be 19 times more effective than the others.

Worth reading in full for some inside information on China’s advertising agency

(Via chinaSMACK)

Ping Pong Diplomacy

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This week marks the anniversary of one of the most surprising, unusual and ultimately significant moments in the history of China’s foreign relations: 乒乓外交 (pīngpāng wàijiāo), usually known in English as “ping-pong diplomacy”, the landmark trip by the US table tennis team to China in 1971 that eventually led to a visit by US President Richard Nixon to China and the gradual tempering of relations between the two countries.

(Read more about this story at ChinesePod.)

Using Word’s referencing tools

If you missed the lecture where I went through the proposal template you might be confused about the blank bibliography at the end that says “no sources”. This will get updated as you add references, so long as you use Word’s built-in citation tools.

I’ve written a tutorial on using these tools and posted it as a page which you can read here. Bear in mind that this assumes you’re starting from scratch and in the template I’ve already inserted the bibliography for you. All you need to do is add references and then update the bibliography. I’ll try to post a video soon but in the meantime, look at the example proposal in Dropbox.

Tomb Sweeping Festival


China is currently having a three-day public holiday and 4th April is the Qingming Festival, or Tomb-Sweeping Festival. Chinese communities across Asia visit the graves of their families to pay respects and this begins with a thorough cleaning, hence the name.

The BBC News website has some images from the ritual.

It is traditional to burn representations of things the deceased may need in the afterlife, such as paper money. Over time these have become much more elaborate and you can buy paper houses, paper furniture and paper phones. In this image, a relative is burning a paper iPad, iPod Nano and iPhone for their relative to use in heaven.


Using Cross Search

Cross Search

CrossSearch is the University of Dundee’s database for journal, magazine and newspaper articles. It’s useful for quickly surveying what’s available in a particular area, then accessing PDFs or physical copies of things you’re interested in.

Using CrossSearch for the first time can be tricky but once you’re used to it, it’s a piece of cake. The trick really is to select the right database, then choose useful key words to search for.

I’ve put a tutorial on using Cross Search elsewhere on the site – follow this link.

You’ll probably need to use Cross Search either for assignment 5, or for next semester’s research project – so take some time to go through the tutorial and have a practice run with it.

China faces ‘timebomb’ of ageing population


China’s economic miracle has been fuelled by its “demographic dividend”: an unusually high proportion of working age citizens. That population bulge is becoming a problem as it ages. In 2000 there were six workers for every over-60. By 2030, there will be barely two.Other countries are also ageing and have far lower birth rates. But China is the first to face the issue before it has developed – and the shift is two to three times as fast.

“China is unique: she is getting older before she has got rich,” said Wang Dewen, of the World Bank’s China social protection team.

Tens of millions of workers have migrated to the cities, creating an even worse imbalance in rural areas which already suffer low incomes, poor public services and minimal social security.

Most old people there rely on their own labour and their children. China not only needs to support more older people for longer, but to extend support to new parts of society.


A team from Beijing Aeronautics and Astronautics University are trialling a bed that turns into a wheelchair, giving residents more independence, and a robot “dog” to keep them company. “The robot can have simple chats with them, play music and opera, or even dance for them through sound controls. It says ‘It feels so good!’ when they pet it,” said researcher Zhang Guanxin.


(Read more at China faces ‘timebomb’ of ageing population | World news | guardian.co.uk: .)

China hopes to drive traffic away from Ferrari users


China has banned the F-word from the country’s biggest social networking sites, reports the Times. Yep, that’s right: censors responsible for upholding the Great Firewall have moved to block mentions of the word “Ferrari” on a range of websites.

(Find out why at China hopes to drive traffic away from Ferrari users | Media Monkey | Media | guardian.co.uk: .)