Feedback from Danwei readership

The Beijing-based photographer Jonah Kessel is a friend of mine. He also built the current Danwei.com website, and is a regular contributor, see for example:

Photos of northern Yunnan
Tricycle water calligraphy
What do people buy from corner stores in China?
• Series of videos on traditional Chinese musical instruments: erhu, zhongruan, pipa, Chinese drums and dizi, guzheng

I would say that the nature of our collaboration is rather obvious if looking at any of the above. If that is not enough, every page on Danwei.com also notes the following: “Many of the videos and images on this site are by Jonah Kessel, a photographer and filmmaker based in Beijing.” In other words, Jonah is major contributor to the site.

Anyhow, today I received the following email which made me laugh out loud. Jonah received a similar message.

From:Nomen Nescio nobody@dizum.com

Dear Mr. Goldkorn,

As a closeted homosexual expat in Beijing, I just wanted to say that your relationship with Jonah M. Kessel is very inspiring. I think it’s sweet how you are always promoting him on your Danwei website. You are both an inspiration to me and other gay foreigners in China, and I hope someday I can be as brave and open about my boyfriends as you two are. Thank you!

Got to love the Internet. Mr Nomen Nescio is probably an under-employed photographer.

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China on the Internet and in Western media

Rose Luqiu Luwei’s of Phoenix TV did a report on the way Western media and the Internet portrays China to the outside world. It’s mostly in Chinese. People interviewed are foreign journalists, Chinese news assistants at foreign news bureaux, Rao Jin of M4.cn (née Anti-CNN.com) and me.

Watch it here.