In the last two newsletters we’ve covered both the strengths and constraints of the two most talked-about Bytedance offerings, short-video platform Douyin and its overseas version TikTok. 

For an in-depth perspective, we’ve turned to the group that perhaps knows the platform the best: influencers. In this issue, TechNode’s Beijing correspondents Sheng Wei and Cassidy McDonald interview Liu Qikun, a Douyin celebrity who also works as an agent, as well as his bespectacled friend and “apprentice” Liu Yicun (no relation). 

Getting deep with a Douyin celebrity

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Bailey Hu

Bailey Hu is based in China’s hardware capital, Shenzhen. Her interests include local maker culture, grassroots innovation and how tech shapes society, as well as vice versa.

Tony Xu

Tony Xu is Shanghai-based tech reporter. Connect with him via e-mail: tony.xu@technode.com