Journey to the BCH East: Part 1
There is an incredible divide between the Chinese speaking BCH community and the English speaking one. This was evident when the English speaking community reacted extremely negatively to the IFP proposal. The Chinese BCH community claimed they had announced it in 2018 and had been working on it the last two years, while the English speaking community retorted that it came from way out of left field. Both sides had their fair points.
From the English speaking BCH community's perspective, there is some communication from prominent Chinese BCH community members, like Jiang Zhuoer's medium posts and Jihan Wu's Twitter (which used to be more active back in the day). That which is visible is minimal. What about that which is not seen? I'm pretty sure there are many conversations and debates that are going on in the Chinese BCH community that would be extremely beneficial for the English speaking community to know of.
I want to see if it is possible to reduce the information asymmetry that exists between the two communities. Starting as an ordinary English speaking BCH community person with extremely limited Mandarin skills, I will attempt to ingrain myself in the Chinese BCH community to keep up to date with what is happening within 6 months.
From my limited understanding of the Chinese BCH community, I've learned that most BCH and crypto community talk happens on Weibo (China's version of Twitter), WeChat (Whatsapp on Steroids doesn't quite do it justice, it's a super-app with a ton of functionality). Also, crypto live streams are done on yizhibo. I'll only be talking about Weibo below.
I won't go too much into the registration process in this article, you just register with your phone number. Having said that, I'll attach a list of Chinese crypto influencers and crypto companies I subscribed to:
Jiang Zhuoer (江卓尔_莱比特矿池)
BCH Community (BCH社区)
Tron (波场TRON区块链) Yea, yea I know.
I couldn't find Jihan Wu or Bitmain for some reason, and CZ of Binance seems to be more active on Twitter than Weibo.
If getting information on important BCH developments from the Chinese BCH community is my goal, then I think I'm on the right path. Jiang Zhuoer did a live stream AMA on Weibo 2 days ago, and Jihan Wu came in as a guest about 2/3rd's into the video. I'll talk about my repeated failed attempts to translate the interview in my next article.
Let me know if you have any suggestions on how to further deepen ties with the Chinese BCH community
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