China’s internet is flowering. And it might be our future. What most Westerners don’t know about China’s highly integrated approach to mobile apps: It’s amazing.
One of its anchors is WeChat. “To spend any amount of time in China today is to understand why it’s said that people ‘live on WeChat,’” writes Yiren Lu for The New York Times Magazine.
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Longreads Club: China’s Internet Is Flowering
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