Myth Busters, the China Edition with John Artman

Myth Busters, the China Edition with John Artman
John Artman, Editor in Chief from Technode dissects and debunks some pervading myths and narratives on China from government, education & media censorship.

John Artman, editor in chief for Technode and host of China Tech Talk podcast joined us to debunk the narratives on China that has been propagated from different parts of the world. We began with his story and how he came to China. In our discussion, we dissect the different myths about the Chinese government, media censorship, lack of innovation, efficiency and last but not least, education.

Here are the interesting show notes and links to the discussion (with time-stamps included):

  • John Artman (@knowsnothing, LinkedIn), Editor in Chief from Technode and Host of China Tech Talk (Apple Podcasts) [0:38]
    • How did you start your career? [1:56]
    • When did you move from US to China [6:39]
    • In your career journey, what are the interesting lessons you can share with my audience? [7:17]
  • Myth Busters, the China Edition [8:43]
    • Myth 1: China is a communist country and only cares about itself. [8:43]
      • What’s does China government care about people? [11:54]
      • With the “One Belt One Road” initiative how does China’s new silk road dreams signify its shift from a regional to a global power? [14:30]
    • Myth 2: Censorship is everywhere & the Chinese government controls everything [17:58]
      • Recently, the Chinese government has pressured Apple to cave on VPN apps in China’s iTunes app store, are they increasing their footprint in censorship? [20:24]
    • Myth 3: There is no innovation in China. [23:35]
      • What are the interesting innovations which the US media seem to miss by propagating the narrative that China only copies and clones? (Wechat, Fintech, AI, Qtum, Alibaba)
      • Changing narrative from Silicon Valley in how they looked at China tech startups
    • Myth 4: China is better at “getting things done” [31:17]
    • Myth 5: China has better STEM education [35:00]
  • Closing [41:04]

Podcast Information:

The show is hosted by Bernard Leong (@bleongcw & my weibo account)and are sponsored by Ideal Workspace (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) with their new Altizen Desk on Indiegogo (Twitter, Facebook, Medium). Also check out Ideal Workspace’s new standing desk, Altizen and sign up for their mailing list. Sound credits for the intro music: Taro Iwashiro, “The Beginning” from Red Cliff Soundtrack.