Pandas at the San Diego Zoo, the 2008 Olympics Games and Chinese state media on Youtube all have one thing in common: they are displays of Chinese “soft power” that aim to foster positive views of China among foreigners. These are only a few high-profile examples of a campaign to challenge existing perceptions about China and win hearts and minds around the world.
In November 2020, a seven-second, casually-shot video by Chinese photographer Boge, which captured the ‘shy smile’ of Tenzin Tsondu, now better known as “Ding Zhen” in Mandarin, went viral on Douyin (Chinese TikTok). Almost overnight, the short video made Tenzing into China’s latest social media sensation.
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