Julianna Wu

Julianna Wu

Reporter & graphics designer, Abacus

Julianna is a summer intern on the Post's Graphics team. She studied journalism and is interested in using visual elements to tell stories.

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In China, where you live determines the tech you use

Even though there's no official definition, cities in China are often informally slotted into four tiers. In general, higher-tier cities are larger and wealthier compared to lower-tier ones. 

20 Sep 2019 - 8:10AM

Even though there's no official definition, cities in China are often informally slotted into four tiers. In general, higher-tier cities are larger and wealthier compared to lower-tier ones. 

In China, where you live determines the tech you use
China might be one of the best countries for women in esports

It turns out that recent Chinese victories in esports tournaments has inspired fans to take on the sports themselves, in a country where 30% of esports fans are women -- far higher than the US, where just 17% of esports fans are women. Female players are so common in China that there might be a different barrier: Streaming is so lucrative that some talented players are shunning esports teams to strike it out on their own. "You earn much more and there’s less pressure," says former pro Siqi "Nara" Chen.

20 Sep 2019 - 9:00AM

It turns out that recent Chinese victories in esports tournaments has inspired fans to take on the sports themselves, in a country where 30% of esports fans are women -- far higher than the US, where just 17% of esports fans are women. Female players are so common in China that there might be a different barrier: Streaming is so lucrative that some talented players are shunning esports teams to strike it out on their own. "You earn much more and there’s less pressure," says former pro Siqi "Nara" Chen.

China might be one of the best countries for women in esports
PUBG Mobile’s latest update adds a new adversary: Mother nature

Tencent’s new mode brings survival elements back into battle royale

20 Sep 2019 - 9:00AM

Tencent’s new mode brings survival elements back into battle royale

PUBG Mobile’s latest update adds a new adversary: Mother nature
Chinese people are buying more smart speakers but they aren't using them

The funny thing is that smart speaker sales in China increased massively in 2018. Canalys says the market grew 100 times last year, and Alibaba, Baidu and Xiaomi trail only Amazon and Google in sales. But that might have something to do with price rather than desire: One recent sale saw Alibaba's Genius X1 speaker go for just US$15.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:59AM

The funny thing is that smart speaker sales in China increased massively in 2018. Canalys says the market grew 100 times last year, and Alibaba, Baidu and Xiaomi trail only Amazon and Google in sales. But that might have something to do with price rather than desire: One recent sale saw Alibaba's Genius X1 speaker go for just US$15.

Chinese people are buying more smart speakers but they aren't using them
Sky: Light Awaits takes you back to childhood dreams, hand in hand with friends

The team behind Journey delivers beta version of a new game that feels very much finished

20 Sep 2019 - 8:58AM

The team behind Journey delivers beta version of a new game that feels very much finished

Sky: Light Awaits takes you back to childhood dreams, hand in hand with friends
Mini Programs: The apps inside apps that make WeChat so powerful

Mini programs are lightweight apps that run inside another app (like WeChat, Baidu or Alipay). They don’t need to be downloaded or upgraded through app stores. They make it possible for one app to perform the service of many apps add up.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:09AM

Mini programs are lightweight apps that run inside another app (like WeChat, Baidu or Alipay). They don’t need to be downloaded or upgraded through app stores. They make it possible for one app to perform the service of many apps add up.

Mini Programs: The apps inside apps that make WeChat so powerful
How WeChat brought a Lunar New Year’s tradition into the 21st century

Giving out red packets filled with money (otherwise known as hong bao or lai see) is a key part of the Lunar New Year tradition. But with all forms of payment in China going mobile, even this ancient tradition is getting a digital makeover thanks to WeChat. Julianna lays it all out in her wonderful infographic, which explains the tradition, how it shifted, and why 5.20 or 6.66 are two of the most popular amounts given as gifts.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:52AM

Giving out red packets filled with money (otherwise known as hong bao or lai see) is a key part of the Lunar New Year tradition. But with all forms of payment in China going mobile, even this ancient tradition is getting a digital makeover thanks to WeChat. Julianna lays it all out in her wonderful infographic, which explains the tradition, how it shifted, and why 5.20 or 6.66 are two of the most popular amounts given as gifts.

How WeChat brought a Lunar New Year’s tradition into the 21st century
China spent two billion dollars on “lazy devices”

A drink-holding helmet, instant hot pot and the ultimate lazy person armchair top Taobao’s list of lazy enablers

20 Sep 2019 - 8:49AM

A drink-holding helmet, instant hot pot and the ultimate lazy person armchair top Taobao’s list of lazy enablers

China spent two billion dollars on “lazy devices”
The year in China tech in five simple graphics

"I'd like to appeal to employees to maintain a state of calm, to man one's post and do one's job well." Who said it? We've broken down the year that was in five simple graphics, beginning with a list of quotes from some of the biggest names in China's tech industry.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:49AM

"I'd like to appeal to employees to maintain a state of calm, to man one's post and do one's job well." Who said it? We've broken down the year that was in five simple graphics, beginning with a list of quotes from some of the biggest names in China's tech industry.

The year in China tech in five simple graphics
PUBG, Smash Bros and Brawl Stars: Our favorite Twitch streams of the year

We run through our best streams and best moments of the year!

20 Sep 2019 - 8:48AM

We run through our best streams and best moments of the year!

PUBG, Smash Bros and Brawl Stars: Our favorite Twitch streams of the year
A surprising number of countries now accept WeChat Pay or Alipay

How Chinese tourists are taking their mobile payment methods global

20 Sep 2019 - 8:47AM

How Chinese tourists are taking their mobile payment methods global

A surprising number of countries now accept WeChat Pay or Alipay
Singles’ Day, the shopping event that makes Black Friday look like a yard sale
After Singles’ Day, Chinese shoppers turn to Black Friday

Looking for cheaper products and a sense of uniqueness, Chinese shoppers are beginning to target Black Friday

20 Sep 2019 - 8:47AM

Looking for cheaper products and a sense of uniqueness, Chinese shoppers are beginning to target Black Friday

After Singles’ Day, Chinese shoppers turn to Black Friday
How foldable phones like Samsung’s newest handset work

Of course, Xiaomi, ZTE and Royole aren't the only companies working on folding phones. Julianna and Karen ran through patents filed by major smartphone makers which shows the very different possibilities that they're exploring -- everything from clamshells to rollable scrolls and... tents. (No, really.)

20 Sep 2019 - 8:45AM

Of course, Xiaomi, ZTE and Royole aren't the only companies working on folding phones. Julianna and Karen ran through patents filed by major smartphone makers which shows the very different possibilities that they're exploring -- everything from clamshells to rollable scrolls and... tents. (No, really.)

How foldable phones like Samsung’s newest handset work
Singles’ Day, the shopping event that makes Black Friday look like a yard sale

November 11 is China’s Singles’ Day, a national online shopping feast. Started by Alibaba in 2009, its sales volume now is bigger than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined.

 

20 Sep 2019 - 8:09AM

November 11 is China’s Singles’ Day, a national online shopping feast. Started by Alibaba in 2009, its sales volume now is bigger than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined.

 

Singles’ Day, the shopping event that makes Black Friday look like a yard sale
In China, where you live determines the tech you use

Every now and then we hear these terms thrown about by people talking about cities in China. But what actually separates a first-tier city like Shanghai from a third-tier one like Wenzhou? Julianna put together this wonderful graphical explainer to show what it all means. My favorite bit: People living in higher tier cities love buying with supermarket apps.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:43AM

Every now and then we hear these terms thrown about by people talking about cities in China. But what actually separates a first-tier city like Shanghai from a third-tier one like Wenzhou? Julianna put together this wonderful graphical explainer to show what it all means. My favorite bit: People living in higher tier cities love buying with supermarket apps.

In China, where you live determines the tech you use
When do new flagships come out? Here’s our smartphone calendar

Every now and then we hear about a new flagship, like Huawei’s latest. But with so many new premium phones coming out throughout the year, it’s hard to keep track. To make things easier, Julianna has compiled a visual calendar of what to expect and when. Check it out to see what else is coming later this year.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:42AM

Every now and then we hear about a new flagship, like Huawei’s latest. But with so many new premium phones coming out throughout the year, it’s hard to keep track. To make things easier, Julianna has compiled a visual calendar of what to expect and when. Check it out to see what else is coming later this year.

When do new flagships come out? Here’s our smartphone calendar
21 million people walked less than 100 steps in a day during China’s Golden Week holiday

Golden Week is notorious for crowds of visitors pouring into tourist attractions all across China. That's probably why millions of people went with a staycation instead, curling up at home and ordering prepackaged food online. Meanwhile, for the 7 million who spent the holiday abroad, many are increasingly paying the same way they'd pay at home: Using Alipay and WeChat Pay. Julianna breaks down all the interesting data for us in one great graphic. 

20 Sep 2019 - 8:41AM

Golden Week is notorious for crowds of visitors pouring into tourist attractions all across China. That's probably why millions of people went with a staycation instead, curling up at home and ordering prepackaged food online. Meanwhile, for the 7 million who spent the holiday abroad, many are increasingly paying the same way they'd pay at home: Using Alipay and WeChat Pay. Julianna breaks down all the interesting data for us in one great graphic. 

21 million people walked less than 100 steps in a day during China’s Golden Week holiday
The world’s biggest music streaming company files for an IPO

Tencent Music's IPO was a good opportunity for us to dive into China's online music scene. Tencent's three streaming music services dominate, while NetEase Cloud Music has found a niche among fans of anime, comics and games. Julianna has a great graphical look at the industry, including a breakdown of what people listen to -- with traditional music still scoring highly among China's 555 million online music fans.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:41AM

Tencent Music's IPO was a good opportunity for us to dive into China's online music scene. Tencent's three streaming music services dominate, while NetEase Cloud Music has found a niche among fans of anime, comics and games. Julianna has a great graphical look at the industry, including a breakdown of what people listen to -- with traditional music still scoring highly among China's 555 million online music fans.

The world’s biggest music streaming company files for an IPO
Here's why smartphones have multiple cameras

I'm not gonna lie, this was a story born out of frustration. Lenovo started teasing a phone with FOUR cameras -- presumably to one-up Huawei's three-camera phone, which in turn one-ups the iPhone XS's two cameras. I got tired of writing endless stories about this, so we decided to look at why everyone wants more cameras, and what those extra cameras actually do. And I may have started this in a grumpy mood, but in the end I was really happy with what Karen and Julianna came up with!

20 Sep 2019 - 8:40AM

I'm not gonna lie, this was a story born out of frustration. Lenovo started teasing a phone with FOUR cameras -- presumably to one-up Huawei's three-camera phone, which in turn one-ups the iPhone XS's two cameras. I got tired of writing endless stories about this, so we decided to look at why everyone wants more cameras, and what those extra cameras actually do. And I may have started this in a grumpy mood, but in the end I was really happy with what Karen and Julianna came up with!

Here's why smartphones have multiple cameras
Square dancing and big fonts: How China’s elderly use the internet

Julianna put together this wonderful graphical look at China's elderly internet users. There's more of them than the entire population of Germany, they're super good at messaging people with WeChat, and there's even a social networking app dedicated to one of their favorite activities: Square dancing.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:39AM

Julianna put together this wonderful graphical look at China's elderly internet users. There's more of them than the entire population of Germany, they're super good at messaging people with WeChat, and there's even a social networking app dedicated to one of their favorite activities: Square dancing.

Square dancing and big fonts: How China’s elderly use the internet
Apple Watch spared from Trump’s trade war tariffs

A visual look at what’s on the list (and what isn’t)

20 Sep 2019 - 8:39AM

A visual look at what’s on the list (and what isn’t)

Apple Watch spared from Trump’s trade war tariffs
Why ‘Made in China 2025’ triggered the wrath of President Trump
Hong Kong needs more lifeguards. What does it take to become one?
Meituan Dianping: Settle all your local needs on one app

A combination of Yelp, Seamless, Uber and more, Meituan Dianping lets users order a range of services all within one app, like food delivery, restaurant deals, movie tickets or hotel bookings.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:08AM

A combination of Yelp, Seamless, Uber and more, Meituan Dianping lets users order a range of services all within one app, like food delivery, restaurant deals, movie tickets or hotel bookings.

Meituan Dianping: Settle all your local needs on one app
A third of China’s population plays mobile games

China has as many gamers as the total population of the US and Japan combined

20 Sep 2019 - 8:38AM

China has as many gamers as the total population of the US and Japan combined

A third of China’s population plays mobile games
From Douyin to Kuaishou: A visual look at China’s hottest short video apps

China loves short video apps. And now there's another one for people to play with: Yoo Video, from Tencent. But it faces a tough task to break the stranglehold of Douyin and Kuaishou. The two are very different -- and which one you use even depends on which city you live in! Julianna created this visual guide to both apps so you can see how one of China's hottest app trends works.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:38AM

China loves short video apps. And now there's another one for people to play with: Yoo Video, from Tencent. But it faces a tough task to break the stranglehold of Douyin and Kuaishou. The two are very different -- and which one you use even depends on which city you live in! Julianna created this visual guide to both apps so you can see how one of China's hottest app trends works.

From Douyin to Kuaishou: A visual look at China’s hottest short video apps
How big is 802 million? China's massive internet population in seven graphics

We could throw a lot of numbers at you, but we thought the best way to put China's internet population into perspective is with visuals. Turns out, the number of internet users in China is equal to the total population of three countries. Can you guess which three?

20 Sep 2019 - 8:37AM

We could throw a lot of numbers at you, but we thought the best way to put China's internet population into perspective is with visuals. Turns out, the number of internet users in China is equal to the total population of three countries. Can you guess which three?

How big is 802 million? China's massive internet population in seven graphics