What’s in a Name?
Silicon Hutong – or “The Hutong,” as I refer to it – is obviously a play on words. “Silicon” refers to my focus on technology, innovation, and creativity and the businesses and industries that are built around them. “Hutong” refers to the traditional densely-packed neighborhoods of side streets, alleyways, and passageways that distinguish northern China generally and Beijing specifically.
As such, the blog’s name is a tribute to Beijing’s oft-unclaimed status as the true heart of research and innovation in China, as well as a reflection of my topical focus.
The Hutong is as much a state of mind as a place, but when I say in my dateline that I’m “in the Hutong,” usually that refers to my office/library in Northern Beijing.