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'Shanzhai': Faking It for Money or Fun?
    2008-12-11 09:35:00     Xinhua
"It represents non-mainstream ideas and innovations, and it's also a new way for common people to express what they want," said Li Zonggui, a professor from Sun Yat-Sen University, in south east China's Guangdong Province.

But still some disagreed. Zhou Xinning, an Internet commentator, said "Shanzhai" products had had a great impact on some industries and the government should pay special attention to the new phenomenon.

"We have 'Shanzhai' things everywhere, especially on the Internet. A flood of 'Shanzhai' was like junk. Policy guidance is in need," Zhou said.

Xia Xueluan, a sociologist at Peking University, said that the fact the word "Shanzhai" was in fashion did not mean it would be popular all the time, but the "Shanzhai" phenomenon is worth the attention.

"'Shanzhai' companies should always keep in mind that independent innovation is crucial for long-term development. 'Shanzhai' creation by common people is the new form of our mainstream's sub-culture," Xia said.


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