As I walk the streets and roam the web of China, I share snapshots from my fieldwork on Bytes of China. My list of longer thought pieces can be found on my Writing Page

I am currently living in China, following students and migrants as they process information and desire, remaking cities and rural areas. I investigate media and memes in their collisions with markets, governments, and local thugs.   [More about Bytes of China.]

Here's a video of the most recent talk I gave about my research at LIFT in Geneva, Switzerland, "Dancing with Handcuffs: The Geography of Trust in Social Networks". In this talk, I analyze the changing conceptions of trust through the story of a college student who threw shoes and eggs at the government official who oversees internet censorship in China. 

Read more about my research. My analysis of culture and technology can be found on Cultural Bytes. And my personal blog is Hi Tricia.

The views expressed on this blog do not in any way reflect the position of any of my funders, past employers, the Chinese government, the US government or the Fulbright program. 


My research is generously funded though a mix of university grant programs, state initiatives, or industry research.

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You know you've landed in China when you see people holding signs for "FOXCONN" at international arrivals.

You know you've landed in shanghai when you see people holding signs for "FOXCONN" at international arrivals

You know you've landed in China when you see people holding signs for "FOXCONN" at international arrivals.

Out of 18 attempted suicides, only 1 person has survived so far. And now Foxconn's employees are supposed to sign no-suicide contract forms


This makes me think of recent articles that blame our tech-centric society's obsession with mobile phone - as if us, the users, should not be such mobile phone addicts because it's creating problems like Foxconns. I find that to be an unacceptable explanation for the suicides. Companies, like Apple, need to be held accountable for working with compliant and humane producers. Users need to tell Apple that they want to keep buying Apple products and to feel good about doing it.

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