About Virtual China

    Virtual China is an exploration of virtual experiences and environments in and about China. The topic is also the primary research area for the Institute for the Future's Asia Focus Program in 2006. IFTF is an independent, nonprofit strategic research group with more than 35 years of forecasting experience based in Palo Alto, CA.
    Lyn Jeffery is a cultural anthropologist and Research Director at the Insitute for the Future, where she leads its Asia Focus Program.
    Jason Li is currently a design research intern at Adaptive Path. He previously worked at IFTF & Microsoft Research Asia, and recently graduated from Brown University.
    Nan Yang is a freelancer in Shanghai whose many projects include part-time Mandarin teacher at MandarinShanghai.com, assistant for Eric Eldred from Creative Commons, translating manager for gOFFICE, translator for MeMedia, member of Social Brain Foundation, and author of 1idea1day.com. She is also passionate to take part in small and innovative seminars in Shanghai.

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  • In response to the great need for foresight about Asia, IFTF has launched the Asia Focus Program. Asia Focus research topics are large-scale, under-explored areas from which unexpected futures will emerge. It is part of IFTF's flagship program, the Ten-Year Forecast Program, which provides a broad scan of the environment and is a leading source of foresight for a vangard of business, government, and nonprofit organizations.

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April 22, 2007



Those photos are heartbreaking.

I've been volunteering in a migrant school on the outskirts of Nanjing and the conditions are really not so good there either. And this school has a fairly nice building, they got lucky. It was an abandoned/unused Middle School for that section of town and they were allowed to rent it out.

I'm not sure how much help I really am to their future, but at least they are happy while I am there.


Hi Jennifer, thanks for your comment, I appreciate your volunteering work in China, and respect that you are willing to help more Children in the future. I wonder whether you are living in China at the moment?:-)


Extraordinary photos on the blog you linked to--by a "farmer photographer".


Thank you, Lyn:-)

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