I did an interview with Market Sentinel's Dhiren Shingadia. We talked about my philosophy in desiging for community relevance, not cultural relevance. More details about the interview here and read read the entire interview here!


 Agenda, a Beijing based magazine, profiled my current research in China with migrants in China.


What a “Human Flesh Search” Is, And How It’s Changing China by Jessi Levine, Tea Leaf Nation (2012)

Migration in the Information Age: How Technology is Transforming China's Migrant Labour Market by Kyle Smith, German Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai (2012)

What Twitter Can Learn from Weibo: Field Notes from Global Tech Ethnographer Tricia Wang by Adam Bluestein, Fast Company (2012)

Slideshow: China through the Instagram Lens of Global Tech Ethnographer Tricia Wang Fast Company (2012)

Google's Latest Anti-Censorship Play in China a Net Loss? by Benjamin Carlson, Global Post (2012)

In China's assault on microblogging, business wins by Benjamin Carlson, Global Post (2012)

Technology and Trust in China: an Interview with Tricia Wang [pdf] Debbi Evans, Canvas8 (2012)

What's Up in China: Hint, It's Not War With the U.S James Fallow, The Atlantic (2011)

Interview with Agenda MagazineTechnology for Migrant Workers (2011)

How China's Twitter, Weibo, Became a Dating Platform. by Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic (2011)

The 21st Century Saloon: A Peek Inside China's Wangba, or Internet Cafes. by An Xiao Mina, Huffington Post (2011)

Radio Interview. by Benjemen Walker's Too Much Information (2011)

Interview with Market SentinelUnderstanding Communities through Ethnography. (2010)


Selected Talks

I give talks at corporations, universities, and non-proifts. Below is a selected list of talks. For speaking inquiries, please contact my agent, Fons Tunistra at The China Speaker's Bureau. 

Text for some of these talks are available on my Writings page

Upcoming: Webstock; Wellington, New Zealand (2013)

Designing for Trust: How China's Free Lunch avoided The Curse of Kelvin; The Conference; Malmo, Sweden (2012)

Dancing with Handcuffs: The Geography of Trust in Social Networks; LIFT12; Geneva, Switzerland (2012) [中文版 - 带着镣铐跳舞

Trust in China's Social Networksl; Microsoft Research, Beijing, China (2012)

Ethnography of the Telephone in Mexico. Mobile Human Computer Interaction; Stockholm, Sweden (2011)

The Great Device Divide: Internet Cafes and Mobile Use In China. Mobile Life Mobile Research Centre, Stockholm University; Stockholm, Sweden (2011)

Thinking About Disuptive Design for Non-Elite Users. The IDEO; Shanghai, China (2011)

Designing in Third Spaces. Microsoft Research; Beijing, China (2011)

Nokia Research; Beijing, China (2011)

Disuptive Design for the next 300 Million Internet Users in China. Designing Geopolitics: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Computational Jurisdictions, Emergent Governance, Public Ecologies; San Diego, California, US (2011)

Sleeping at Internet Cafes: The Next 300 Million Chinese Users. Future 15 Series at South By South West (SXSW); Austin, Texas, US (2011)

Digital Urbanisms: Theories of Technology Change in China. New York University’s ITP Program; Professor Kristen Taylor (2010)

Ethnography with Digital Technologies and People. IT University of Copenhagen; Denmark, Professor Irina Shklovski (2010)

GOOGLIST REALISM: The Google-China saga and the free-information regimes as a new site of cultural imperialism and moral tensions. Keynote at New Directions in the Humanities Conference, Commonground Publishing. University of California Los Angeles; Los Angeles, California, US (2010)

Everyday mobile technologies: the future of cellphones and implications for Nokia. Nokia Research Labs; Palo Alto, California, US (2010)

Mexican Migrants and their Use of Digital Technology in a Social Context. Urban Sociology 101, UC San Diego, Professor Jeff Kidder (Spring 2009)

Abandoning the Cellphone: Changing Technology Usage in a Mexican Village. Nokia Research Labs; Palo Alto, California, US (2009)

Un Ecosistema de los usos de tecnología de communicación: prácticas emergentes de un pueblo de migrantes. Centro de Investigación Científica de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE); Ensenada, Mexico (2009)


Conference Presentations

"Ethnography of the telephone: Changing uses of communication technology in village life." Mobile HCI; Stockholm, Sweden (2011)

"Media Futures & New Voices in China." China’s Rise and Its Changing Image in the Global System at The Baptist University; Hong Kong (2011)

"Global Discourses of Information: Questioning the Free Information Regime.”  Transnational Times: Locality, Globality and Mobility in Technology Design and Use; Ubicomp 2010; Copenhagen, Denmark (2010)

“The Socio-Digital Space for Low-income Rural-Urban Migrant in Wuhan, China.” Digital Media Learning Conference; La Jolla, California, US (2010)

“I didn’t bring my mobile’”: changing technology use in a Mexican village. The 59th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA); Chicago, Illinois, US (2009)

“Cellphone and Landline Telephone Use in Rural Mexico: Emerging Practices from a Migrant Sending Village.” Technologies for Emerging Regions (TIER); UC Berkeley, Ca, US (2008)

“Internet Access as a Social Right: Implications for Social Citizenship.” International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy (RC 19); Stockholm, Sweden (2008)

China-India-US Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy; Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India (2008)

“The Reproduction of a Stratified Global Informal Economy in Virtual Games: The Case of World of Warcraft’s Chinese Goldfarmers.” China in the World: Stratification; White-Rose East Asia Center, Leeds University, Leeds, United Kingdom; (2007)



pre-2005! Before I went into research, I spent over five years working as a community organizer and consultant in the educational field. I trained teachers, taught principals, and consulted social workers how to incorporate popular culture as a pedagogical and life tool into their daily curriculum. Since I worked primarily in low-income Black and Latino communities, I advocated for the use of hip-hop. In my bio, you can read more about the national conferences that I co-created. Here is a selection of some of the workshops I organized or trainings that I gave.


Workshop Organizer & Moderator

“Media Production in Low-income Communities.” National Media Education Conference; San Francisco, NY (2005)

 “20+ Things to Know When Using Hip-Hop as an Educational Tool.” The Passage Institutes Literary Retreat;; Beacon, NY; June 10, 2005

 “What Educators Need to Know When Using Hip-Hop as an Educational Tool.” National Middle-School Conference; San Francisco, California; (2004)

“Universal Language of Hip-Hop as an Educational Tool.” UNESCO World Youth Summit; Barcelona, Spain (2004)

“Politics of Using Hip-Hop as an Educational Tool.” National Hip-Hop Political Convention; Newark, New Jersey (2004)

“Developing Lesson Plans for Female History Month.” Females in Hip-Hop Conference; The Point Community Development Center; Bronx, NY (2004)

“Exploring Various Uses of Hip-Hop as an Educational Tool.” Its Bigger Than Hip-Hop Youth Conference; Union Settlement; NY (2004)



“Hip-Hop as a Social Justice Tool.” Zulu Nations 29th Annual Hip-Hop Celebration;  NYC, NY (2003)

 “Youth Media Responds to the War, Working.” Alliance for Community Media Northeast Conference; Brooklyn, NY (2003)

“Successful Models of Peer-to-Peer Youth Media Training Programs.” Alliance for Community Media National Conference; Tacoma, WA (2003)

“3 Day Series  How to Outreach and Recruit for your Youth Media Program.” NYMAP (National Youth Media Action Project); Denver, CO (2003)

“How to Develop Lesson Plans using Hip-Hop Culture.” Hip-Hop Education Summit; NYC, NY (2003 & 2004)