Death in China Culture

Chinese woman playing traditional zither

A couple of weeks back we wrote about Qing Ming or Tomb Sweeping Day in China. We also covered the mis steps many brands make in their attempts to “relate'” to their Chinese customers. More recently, last Tuesday in fact, we also took time to remind you of some of the truly excellent online resources for foreign businesses investing in China. Today, we will- attempt- to put these together in a short, hopefully enlightening- article.

We will begin with the easy part. Today lets revisit Sixth Tone. Unlike the previous mentioned Caixin, Jing and China Daily websites, Sixth Tone mixes daily news with less frequent articles of varying depth and intensity. Sixth Tone is a “Gritty” publication and dares to go where others fear to tread. For brands that really want to be in the know about China culture and trends at a granular level, Sixth Tone is a must subscribe to media. In many instances it take a look at headlines or mainstream stories from “an other perspective.” Which leads us nicely into our next paragraph and topic.

It is probably not very tactful to say it, but the the USA has become synonymous with a country with an out of control gun culture. Or at least so the headlines would have us believe. Random shootings and killings in the US have reached such proportions now as to become a “ho hum, another one” topic hardly meriting more than a short headline and basic facts. Yet recently, the shootings of massage parlour workers in Atlanta, many Asian, has monopolised the headlines and spawned an ongoing saga. The question is why?

Sure, it is a tragic event. Aren’t all the other mindless killings that happen in that country seemingly every other week? But as soon as Asian becomes part of the mix, western mainstream media goes into overdrive. Add China or Chinese and you have a feeding frenzy. This “fascination” with China, a story at any costs is one of the reasons Aim2D exists, But that is another story. Today, we would like to refer to again, to Sixth Tone and their take on the Atlanta shooting: The real lives of America’s Chinese Masseuses.

Lastly, for today, staying with Sixth Tone, we want to dig up our story on Tomb Sweeping day and in particular, death. The following report: After a year of loss Chinese find solace in death cafes not only sheds a brighter light on Chinese culture but sounds a warning – again- for foreign brands in China. Where we may take a simple statement as “I feel dead tired” with a grain of salt, to some Chinese, particularly the elderly it is not such a funny matter. This article is worth reading on different levels, not the least as to how innocent phrases, expressions may turn our Chinese customers off.

Thanks for reading our China news, marketing, tech and social media article – we hope it was useful, relative, informative, valuable.

Not Useful?
Then perhaps you may like to chat directly and personally with Everlyne?

But please, be aware of local (China) time when calling from overseas. Despite rumours to the contrary, Everlyne is human, not a bot, she do does eat, drink and sleep – sometimes.

Whatever your question re Chinese Business, Marketing Tech or Social Media, she will know the answer, or know someone who does! A brief intro below;


In 2003 Everlyne Yu co-founded WPBeijing Marketing Studio with Englishman Peter Bic, now known as Bic Brands.

She began Uengager, a company focused on customer engagement, as a SaaS MarTech company in 2017.

Hello, Nihao, I’m Everlyne

I love to talk about and help people understand the amazing ways MarTech and SaaS can work to strengthen your business engagement with Chinese consumers.
I know you have questions or want to talk about your brand or business in China so please, drop me a line opposite. If you prefer live chat, call and talk to me live, in person direct.


Everlyne is also a key note speaker, lecturer and KOL on MarTech in China. She is CEO of Uengager, business development officer for Bicyu.

Everlyne hs been privileged to work with a variety of international organisations, from VW, Cushman Wakefield, Sodexo, Bristol Myers Squibb to local Chinese firms such as Midea, and OK Order.

If you’re looking for guidance, tips, advice on any aspect of starting or growing a business in China or training, coaching your existing China marketing team for excellence, be sure to check out Uengager. Home page and base for Everlyne Yu. Read her short bio – opposite left – or contact her direct – below – for a free, heart to heart chat.

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A selection of Bicyu clients since 2003


Published by The Bic

Bicyu is a NZ registered, British owned MarTech business based in Beijing providing marketing, tech, education and information services to European, NZ, Australian, UK, African, and Asian firms doing business in China. We work with local ones too. We've been here doing this since 2003. We also incorporate Aim2D and Uengager in our small brand list.

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