We are back. Kind of.
2020 took a strange turn. In January, we had a nice new ChinaBriefs issue about Digital Trends 2020 lined up - then COVID19 hit. First, in China, then in Europe. Now it is already July, and as the world slowly restarts, we are doing the same with ChinaBriefs.
Since January, SARS-CoV-2 has spread to every corner of the globe, turning COVID19 into a truly global catastrophe. Living through this in the West (meaning Europe + US) while following the developments in Asia felt and still feels surreal at times.
Take Germany, for example - compared to countries like Italy, Spain, France, and especially the US, we did pretty well with less than 10.000 COVID19-related deaths and a comparatively mild lockdown.
But the comparison to South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, or Vietnam looks much less favorable: many countries in Asia acted faster and more adequately, resulting in fewer deaths and less economic damage - a fact that many in the West are still not aware of.
So we start this issue by giving you a different perspective into COVID19 and how to deal with it - one from Asia. But we also have prepared two current topics from our usual beat and a little announcement:
- COVID19 - Views from the Asian Perspective.
- TikTok vs. the US - what is going on here?
- China Internet Report 2020
- Online-Workshop “Digital China”
As always, we are looking forward to any kind of feedback!! So pls send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a comment on one of our channels on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Thx & stay healthy 😷
B. & M.