I am Kai Strittmatter. I have written a book on China, the mechanisms of dictatorship and digital totalitarianism. Actually it is also a book about us. AMA
Hej from Copenhagen. My name is Kai. I grew up in a little village in the Bavarian alps, went on to study Chinese and ended up devoting more than half of my life to the study and observation of China, many years as a reporter in Beijing for the German national daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung. Over the course of more than 30 years I have made invaluable friendships in China, eaten the best food in the world and seen the country change, for the better and for the worse.
The past seven years under the leadership of China’s strong man Xi Jinping have been especially remarkable. Repression and censorship are as strong as they haven’t been for decades, ideology has crept back. At the same time Xi Jinping is reinventing dictatorship with the means of AI and Big Data, he is giving autocratic rule a digital update. All the while China is growing more assertive on the international stage. Competition of systems is back - and it comes at a time when liberal democracy finds itself in the midst of a deep crisis.
For me this challenge we have to rise up to was the main reason to write my book, We Have Been Harmonized.
So go ahead and ask me anything: about the new China, about the new us, about reporting from China, about the best noodles on the planet, why everybody should learn Chinese or why I started working on my book the night when Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.
You can find more details on the book here: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/we-have-been-harmonized-kai-strittmatter?variant=32117516238882