The “world’s factory” has long been patronized as a place of copying, rather than creativity. But in fact, since its founding, the People’s Republic has been driven by dreams of rapid modernization and innovation, with engineers turned politicians drafting policy at Zhongnanhai. Apps in China now operate at scales American entrepreneurs only dream of.
Our China issue explores the situation on the ground, from biometric surveillance of Muslims in Xinjiang to the new global map that Chinese tech is drawing.
The Chinese internet is coming for you. Or so we often hear.
A Brief History of the Chinese Internet
The internet has transformed China, but not in the ways that American observers expected.
A report from the frontier of a cashless future.
A genealogy of the Chinese Communist Party’s relationship to technology.
A Chinese perspective on Burning Man.
How feminist voices were silenced on the Chinese internet.
The Uyghur lives that power China’s new security tech.
Separating the fact from the fiction of China’s social credit system.
Pepe the Sad Frog Coloring Book and Chinese Language Guide
A meme mutation has made Pepe the Frog into an online Chinese sensation.
An inquiry into how young people are hanging out on the internet.
A report on digital life beyond the megacity.
What happens when town and country collide.
A meditation on sex, love, and commerce in Hong Kong.
A conversation about the booming world of Chinese blockchain.
An analysis from China’s leading cryptocurrency expert.
Busker from an Alternate Future
Imagining the future with objects available today.
Let There Be Light
An excerpt from the science-fiction novel Waste Tide.
Uneven and Combined Development: Hao Jingfang on Building the Future
A conversation about picturing different possibilities.
How do you make a world?