Q: How do I get started and convince a local person to talk to a complete stranger?

A: Be yourself! Read our conversation tips for more. 

Q: Are the quotes, statements, and stories representative of China as a whole?

A: Absolutely not. The posts are not meant to generalize or represent the entire Chinese population but rather to capture individuals’ experiences and perspectives.

Q: Are all of the photo participants aware that their picture and stories will be shared on the internet?

A: Definitely. It is Our Policy that all of our participants are aware of who we are, our mission, and what will be posted about them.

Q: Are all those stories really true?

A: It is Our Policy that the participants’ stories cannot be fabricated or altered for the sake of publicity, and our contributors must abide by our policies before submitting their work. We investigate material that may sound exaggerated or inaccurate.

Q: Some of the posts sound too articulate. Are all of them accurately translated?

A: We have fluent Chinese and English speakers on our team who translate material to the best of our abilities. We also ask our audience, in their best ability, to produce the best translation of their work. If the language barrier is an issue, we encourage personal anecdotes of the cross-cultural experience instead. See our Interview Tips for more information.

Q: Does China Unheard mainly target a Western audience?

A: Not at all. We believe that the term ‘culture’ is highly subjective and a cross-cultural interaction can occur between any two people in the world. We are also bilingual, and our Weibo page targets Chinese speakers. Therefore, we hope that anyone currently in China (a foreigner or a Chinese civilian) can participate in our project. 

Q: I live in urban China. Do my posts have to concern rural civilians?

A: Going back to the previous question, not at all. We believe that the term ‘culture’ is highly subjective and a cross-cultural interaction can occur between any two people in the world. We encourage interactions with a variety of participants.

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