I was interviewed by the BBC last week for an article about this module, and the story has just appeared. Sadly I don’t know quite what it says yet (Google Translate has its limits) but I think it’s positive…
Yes, everyone’s attentions draw on the same side again. Recently, there have been rumours saying that Apple is going to release its new product. Everyone tends to try on guessing when Apple is going to launch its new iPhone.
But actually the new product is presented in the Chinese market already! The price is incredibly cheap with the totally new style. Wait for a minute… This is actually a “HiPhone5” which belongs to the clone product that is made in China.
This is a new product from a local Chinese mobile provider which promised its customers to “Go beyond the iPhone5!” The price is very cheap with only 200 Yuan or approximately 18 GBP. The function is very similar to the previous iPhone by Apple with a large touch screen. Its weight is very light and makes it feel like a toy instead.
This new products in China is always innovative things to shock the world. iPhone5? There’s more! “iPhone 6” & “iPhone7” available!
This so-called “iPhone 6” claims to cover all functions in the real iPhone, with the only different that its logo writes “iPnoho 6”.
Another network provider also invented the “iPncne7”, at which that the classic logo of Apple is not being bited.
It will not be surprised for any Chinese people to see these kinds of fake products, as the culture of Chinese production has obviously involved these products into different areas, such as clothing, catering, advertising etc.
However, what is the level of awareness among typical Dundee shoppers about these kinds of products? Let’s try to ask around to see some feedbacks. After interviewing different people about their points of view on these “new” products, the conclusion comes with two major opinions.
Along the interviewees, some have heard that China is famous for fake products while the others said that they don’t really know about these matters. However, all interviewees expressed that they have never thought that a “special version” of fake iPhone are existing in the market.
Regarding the feeling towards these phones, some interviewees think that it’s very incredible to have such an idea innovative items, while most of the others think it is not proper to make counterfeit products.
But when it comes to the questions that will they try to get one for themselves, almost everyone being interviewed refused to try using these phones, mainly worrying about the trustworthiness of these fake products. The safety issues of using these phones are most concerned. The actual workings of functions are also worried. However, some young interviewees said they may try to get one to carry around due to the fact that they think it’s funny, but they won’t use it for long-term usage.
Almost everyone hold similar feeling towards these products, and it is worth discussing about the responses of all interviewees. How do they actually perceive the quality of electronic products?
Price, texture and style are basically the most important things of clothing or accessories to draw consumers’ attentions. While many of us don’t actually care about the producing place of clothing or accessories, place of birth of electronic products seems to catch more attentions among typical shoppers.
The reason under this phenomenon is mainly due to the common stereotype of Chinese products. The reputation of products from China is usually not aligning with safety or durability, which makes potential buyers unwilling to get products. News reporting quality problems, such as the 2007 recall of toys containing lead paint, occur with alarming frequency.
With the low labour costs and rapid turnover in filling orders, the manufacturing companies in China have gained an important place around the world. Companies all over different areas tried to get orders with this cost-efficient expert. Nevertheless, nothing is going to be perfect and the quality is normally sacrificed among these production advantages. But breaking up is hard to do. Companies that build long-term relationships with Chinese manufacturers still find that their partnerships worth to be continued.
With the increasing orders around the world, Chinese manufacturing industry is stepping closer to the center of world trading, however, China is known as a country producing counterfeit products. This long-build image of their defected products and copyright infringement may also pull this dragon back from the grateful path. Its future depends a lot on how it is going to tackles with their reputation. And this should be the most crucial thing that the country may want to reform.
China’s single child policy was once a source of pride to government planners, with slogans reflecting strict family planning laws emblazoned on buildings across the country.
But reminders of the policy’s harshest excesses are being scrubbed away in an effort to create a softer message, with officials phasing out older, threatening slogans in favour of more upbeat ones.
According to the People’s Daily, the aim is to “make family planning work keep pace with the times and go deep among the masses”.
The single child policy is unlikely to be rescinded soon, because doing so would cause uproar among those denied second children. But it has frayed at the edges, with multiple groups, including ethnic minorities and the mothers of disabled children, being allowed a second child.
Family planners are also seeking subtler approaches, such as more teenage sex education.
Slogans from the early days of the policy, which was launched in 1979, stressed punishments for couples who had unplanned pregnancies. Typical examples included: “If sterilisation or abortion demands are rejected, houses will be toppled, cows confiscated”.
(Via Guardian Unlimited)
“The new Year of the Dragon stamps issued by China Post “have sparked a heated debate on the Internet as some users say the dragon looks too fierce and sinister, which goes against the traditional auspicious meaning of dragons in China”. Designer Chen Shaohua, however, has defended the image claiming that “…dragons’ main responsibilities in ancient times were to ward off evil, avoid disaster and to bring good luck” and should, therefore, look fierce. “
(Story via Design China)
The Guardian carries a report of some recent demolition work in Beijing, this time of the former home of one of the people who campaigned against the destruction of the city’s historic architecture.
Their appreciation of China’s ancient buildings and their devotion to preserving its heritage made them two of the country’s most revered architects.
But now the home in Beijing where Liang Sicheng and his wife Lin Huiyin once worked lies in rubble – having fallen prey to the development they feared would destroy their city’s ancient streets.
The demolition has horrified heritage experts. Liang is known as the father of modern Chinese architecture, and much of his and Lin’s most important work was carried out while they were living in the courtyard house in Beizongbu Hutong in the 1930s.
It was knocked down by developers over the lunar New Year, despite the fact it is rare for labourers to work during the festival, raising suspicions that the company hoped to avoid publicity.
Liang Cheng. Photograph: Al Fenn/Time & Life Pictures/Getty
This week’s lecture gives a quick overview of “Chinoiserie” and the taste for Chinese style that reached its peak in 18th Century Britain. During this time, thousands of Chinese artefacts were imported in to Britain and the rest of Europe, or commissioned especially.
Now the reverse is happening as the newly wealthy Chinese are developing a taste for our antiques. Two articles in The Daily Mail and The Express today take a (possibly sensationalist) look at the craze.
According to the Daily Mail:
They are the sort of old-fashioned bookcases, sideboards and settees once common in many homes.
But antique furniture that would fetch a few hundred pounds in British auction rooms is suddenly being sold for thousands in Beijing – thanks to soaring demand among China’s new executive class.
The nation’s nouveau riche are increasingly keen to buy into a heritage that has slipped out of fashion in Britain – believing the elegant items will increase their social standing.
A carved English bookcase that fetched £980 at auction in London recently sold for £10,000 in Beijing. Similarly, an oak sideboard that reached £340 here was sold for £3,800 there.
Quote of the day comes from auctioneer Tom Keane: ‘The Chinese are fed up with Ming vases and their houses looking the same,’ Yes, that’s right, all Chinese homes look the same and you can’t move for Ming vases… Still, it’s better than not being able to move for Ikea book cases (which is my “look” at the moment).
The stories focus on the high prices the Chinese are apparently willing to pay. The caption for the photo at the top of this post reads “Sitting pretty: Susan Sun on a reproduction Chesterfield armchair she is selling for £10,000″
Wait. I have a Chesterfield armchair. I’m rich!
It’s all vaguely patronising and ever so slightly racist – the Chinese aren’t the only people who lose all sense of value when they get incredibly rich. Maybe we’re just stingy westerners who don’t appreciate fine craft?
We’ll be looking at Chinoiserie and the Chinese antique market on Wednesday. Meanwhile, if you have an old bookcase you want to turn in to cash I’ll take it off your hands for a modest fee…