Manya Koetse
China Social Trend Watcher

Manya Koetse is a sinologist, China social trend watcher, and editor-in-chief of What’s on Weibo, an internationally well-visited website that reports the trending topics and digital developments in mainland China. She is an MPhil in China & Japan Studies (Leiden University/Peking University), and lived in both countries. Her experiences in China have resulted in an ongoing strong connection with this country, its language, people and culture. She specializes in the cyberculture and rapid transformation of social media in the PRC, and keeps her finger on the pulse of what’s up and coming when it comes to digital developments, and how the Chinese government both stimulates and restricts these dynamics.