Virtually all of their products are blocked by China’s Great Firewall. But Google still attracts a sizable number of volunteer developers, willing to take the company’s cause to the mainland.

Dozens of Google Developer Groups (GDGs) have developed throughout the country, sharing information on Google products and technical advice. Unaffiliated GDGs are a feature in many nations, but China’s relationship with Google makes their work particularly difficult.

Last month, Google congratulated developer group GDG Nanyang for its assistance in launching the new Google developers channel on YouTube (which is also blocked) in Mandarin.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com