Alibaba V Chinese government: Dawn of anti-counterfeiting

Alia | January 28th, 2015 - 10:57 pm

The Chinese consumers are backing Taobao in its war with the government.

Who rang Alibaba’s IPO opening bell?

Alia | September 22nd, 2014 - 4:38 am
The 8-person team that rang the bell

8 customers, instead of Jack Ma, rang the opening bell of Alibaba’s historical IPO last Friday. Putting a human face behind these individual successes will help someone outside of China understand why Alibaba is such a big deal.

Wall propaganda 2.0: The new face of Chinese villages

Alia | July 16th, 2014 - 1:48 am

Slogans exhorting the one-child policy have stuck on the walls of Chinese villages for decades before gradually fading away. In its place, China’s tech companies have painted a new future for rural China,

Taiwan consumers consent to one-China policy to shop on Taobao

Alia | January 14th, 2014 - 5:46 am

Taobao, in the eyes of many Taiwan netizens, has successfully “penetrated Taiwan’s defense line” and will succeed at “re-uniting” Taiwan before the Communist Party.

Savvy retailers in China cash out Linsanity with a sea of products and a Lin trademark

Alia | February 22nd, 2012 - 5:40 am
Lin trademark

What’s better than Linsanity? Proflint! Clothes and iPhone accessories with Jeremy Lin’s face or #17 on them sell like crazy on Taobao. A sports product company in Wu Xi even registered a Lin trademark.

E-beggars on Taobao, China’s biggest e-commerce site

Alia | April 5th, 2011 - 1:40 am

“It is neither a shame nor a crime to beg”, as the Taobao online begging slogan goes. Many of these e-beggars on Taobao are actually for a good cause, but many others are not at all charity related. Either way, they hope to harvest empathy as well as money through online begging.

Salt panic buying prompts Taobao stores to start “salt with purchase” promotion

Alia | March 17th, 2011 - 6:36 am
salt with purchase

Salt panic buying prompts Taobao stores to start “salt with purchase” promotion