Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Shanzhai Journalism

Shanzhai, friends and family back home, is a term to familiarize yourself with if you are to understand China. Here we've got shanzhai shoes, bags, watches, DVDs, iPads, green peas (yes, really) and now it turns out ... journalism.

A lady I interviewed several months ago for this story texted me this morning to say her client emailed and told her he'd heard her on the radio in Beijing. Problem being, she wasn't ever interviewed up there.

Based on what her client heard, they yanked the details from my article, had a woman who pretended to be her answer questions and passed it off like a legitimate news piece!

I guess I should feel flattered?

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