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How this Harvard lad tried, and failed, to become an internet star in China

'I like to think that there's a specific Chinese official-let's call him Todd-whose sole job is stopping me from live broadcasting'

Stephen Turban | TechInAsia 

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also plays a larger role in the lives of Chinese citizens than those in the US because of a distrust in centralised communication It also has a larger influence on purchases in than anywhere else in the world. celebrities not only have fame in China, they also wield remarkable power over others’ behaviour. My first live broadcast For the first few seconds, the number of people watching our live broadcast stayed at an unintimidating zero. Then, it slowly began to grow. First, there were 50 people watching. Then 100. Soon, there were nearly a thousand people watching me live from around the world. At first, it felt a bit strange. In theory, we were talking to a thousand people, yet it still felt like we were sitting in a dining hall chatting alone.

However, as the conversation went on, I could understand the appeal for both fans and broadcasters. How I lost to the Chinese government All was well until my live broadcasting account got blocked. What's exciting about the Asian tech scene in 2018 I like to think that there’s a specific Chinese official—let’s call him Todd—whose sole job is stopping me from live broadcasting. Todd is desperately trying to crush my dreams, and I’m desperately trying to prevent the government from blocking my account. It was an incredible effort. Did I become a celebrity in Probably not. But, I did learn a lot about China, myself, and the wild world of fame. So, I consider it a success.

This is an excerpt from the article published on TechInAsia. You can read the full article here.

First Published: Tue, January 30 2018. 09:12 IST