John Kennedy

John Kennedy

John Kennedy is Canadian, and a longtime resident of southern China. As a veteran member of the Chinese online community, most notably through his six years as a former editor with Global Voices Online, John knows more than is useful about China today but enjoys sharing his findings on Twitter as @feng37 and @28wordslater.

Latest from John Kennedy

Locustland | China's fake presidential election inspires fake election fever

So much effort went into making China's presidential election look legitimate that netizens decided to go along with the ruse and pretend seats were actually contested.

14 Mar 2013 - 4:50PM

So much effort went into making China's presidential election look legitimate that netizens decided to go along with the ruse and pretend seats were actually contested.

China's fake presidential election inspires fake election fever
Locustland | The answers to why there was no 'Chinese Spring' can all be found online

Two years on since small numbers of activists attempted to break through China's political deadlock, reliance on technology is still blamed for the failure.

25 Feb 2013 - 10:38AM

Two years on since small numbers of activists attempted to break through China's political deadlock, reliance on technology is still blamed for the failure.

The answers to why there was no 'Chinese Spring' can all be found online
Opinion | Who are the top movers and shakers of Chinese social media?

Under internet celebrities, while the majority on the list are entertainers, Sina's use of a formula instead of follower counts alone presents an interesting mix of top tweeters.

27 Aug 2013 - 12:56PM

Under internet celebrities, while the majority on the list are entertainers, Sina's use of a formula instead of follower counts alone presents an interesting mix of top tweeters.

Who are the top movers and shakers of Chinese social media?
Locustland | Communist Party is giving more power to members working in Beijing internet companies

The Communist Party (mainly through Baidu) is represented by 2,680 Party members in Beijing's many internet companies, and late last year it decided it wants to have control over a lot more - starting soon with major players Sohu and NetEase.

11 Jan 2013 - 12:16PM

The Communist Party (mainly through Baidu) is represented by 2,680 Party members in Beijing's many internet companies, and late last year it decided it wants to have control over a lot more - starting soon with major players Sohu and NetEase.

Communist Party is giving more power to members working in Beijing internet companies
Morning Clicks | Police intimidate another press freedom-supporting celebrity and WeChat gets caught censoring

Singer and actress Annie Yi has sharpened her tone after security police appear to have threatened her regarding support for Southern Weekly, and censors at Sina Weibo continue to delete her microblog posts.

11 Jan 2013 - 8:38AM

Singer and actress Annie Yi has sharpened her tone after security police appear to have threatened her regarding support for Southern Weekly, and censors at Sina Weibo continue to delete her microblog posts.

Police intimidate another press freedom-supporting celebrity and WeChat gets caught censoring
Locustland | The Obama-Romney foreign policy debate as seen on Sina Weibo

The decision to make China one of the topics in today's debate has captured the keen interest of many Chinese netizens.

23 Oct 2012 - 11:09AM

The decision to make China one of the topics in today's debate has captured the keen interest of many Chinese netizens.

The Obama-Romney foreign policy debate as seen on Sina Weibo
Locustland | Propaganda players lost the plot a bit this week

Perhaps it's a sign that China's propaganda regime has grown too large when its different parts start fighting each other.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:12PM

Perhaps it's a sign that China's propaganda regime has grown too large when its different parts start fighting each other.

Propaganda players lost the plot a bit this week
Morning Click, August 14
First thing China, August 17
Morning Clicks, August 17
US military drills surround China following anti-Japanese demonstrations
Morning Clicks, August 21
Morning Clicks, August 20
A scorched-earth proposal to end the Diaoyu Islands dispute
Morning Clicks, August 23
First thing China, August 22
Opinion | First thing China, August 24

Six police officers who sent an innocent man to prison for 11 years have appealed their conviction for extracting a false confession through the use of torture.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:05PM

Six police officers who sent an innocent man to prison for 11 years have appealed their conviction for extracting a false confession through the use of torture.

First thing China, August 24
Opinion | Morning Clicks, August 24

Chinese state-owned and party-run media are closely monitoring developments between Japan and Korea.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:05PM

Chinese state-owned and party-run media are closely monitoring developments between Japan and Korea.

Morning Clicks, August 24
First thing China, August 23
Opinion | Morning Clicks, August 27

Following China's establishment last month of a military garrison in the new city of Sansha, work to build infrastructure on the coral reefs has begun.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:05PM

Following China's establishment last month of a military garrison in the new city of Sansha, work to build infrastructure on the coral reefs has begun.

Morning Clicks, August 27
Opinion | First thing China, August 28

After months of speculation online, the Communist Party has acknowledged that one of its city-level party secretaries from northern China, rumoured to have fled the country with more than 200 million Hong Kong dollars, has been missing for quite some time.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:05PM

After months of speculation online, the Communist Party has acknowledged that one of its city-level party secretaries from northern China, rumoured to have fled the country with more than 200 million Hong Kong dollars, has been missing for quite some time.

First thing China, August 28
Opinion | First thing China, August 27

Guangzhou's deputy head of police is currently under investigation for "serious discipline violations", local media reported late Sunday night.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:05PM

Guangzhou's deputy head of police is currently under investigation for "serious discipline violations", local media reported late Sunday night.

First thing China, August 27
Opinion | Morning Clicks, August 28

A People's Daily editor recently took his own life, and his legacy so far has been one of the value of freedom of speech.

3 Jul 2018 - 5:55PM

A People's Daily editor recently took his own life, and his legacy so far has been one of the value of freedom of speech.

Morning Clicks, August 28
Opinion | Morning Clicks: Hillary Clinton in South Asia

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Asia inspires new assertments of China's standing with its neighbours.

31 Aug 2012 - 12:44PM

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Asia inspires new assertments of China's standing with its neighbours.

Morning Clicks: Hillary Clinton in South Asia
Morning Clicks | Hillary Clinton welcomed with mouthpiece media offensive

Communist Party media display pure class as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton begins the second day of her visit.

5 Sep 2012 - 7:35AM

Communist Party media display pure class as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton begins the second day of her visit.

Hillary Clinton welcomed with mouthpiece media offensive
Opinion | Morning Clicks, August 29

Who's really behind the news that China has developed the capability to put multiple warheads on ICBMs?

29 Aug 2012 - 3:05PM

Who's really behind the news that China has developed the capability to put multiple warheads on ICBMs?

Morning Clicks, August 29
Opinion | First thing China, August 30

A China Southern Airlines employee has accused a high-ranking military official in Guangzhou of assaulting her because she asked him to move his luggage out of the aisle.

31 Aug 2012 - 9:29AM

A China Southern Airlines employee has accused a high-ranking military official in Guangzhou of assaulting her because she asked him to move his luggage out of the aisle.

First thing China, August 30
Morning Clicks | Little in hand following Clinton visit, China looks to Apec summit

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit concludes with no clear results, ahead of an Apec summit this weekend.

6 Sep 2012 - 10:13AM

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit concludes with no clear results, ahead of an Apec summit this weekend.

Little in hand following Clinton visit, China looks to Apec summit
Opinion | Morning Clicks: 'New great game' underway with opening of China's Eurasia Expo

Chinese dissident Wang Xiaoning has been released, but journalist Shi Tao, also convicted using information provided by Yahoo!, remains imprisoned.

3 Sep 2012 - 9:20AM

Chinese dissident Wang Xiaoning has been released, but journalist Shi Tao, also convicted using information provided by Yahoo!, remains imprisoned.

Morning Clicks: 'New great game' underway with opening of China's Eurasia Expo
Opinion | Morning Clicks: Vietnam claims South China Sea oil block, demands that bidding stop

The central government will invest a total of 400 billion yuan (HK$489.14bn) in healthcare by the end of China's 13th five-year plan (2016-2020).

11 Oct 2016 - 1:04PM

The central government will invest a total of 400 billion yuan (HK$489.14bn) in healthcare by the end of China's 13th five-year plan (2016-2020).

Morning Clicks: Vietnam claims South China Sea oil block, demands that bidding stop