August 4, 2014 by ...
China has a history of Shanzhai which at once means clever copying,
and flagrant IP theft.
In reality, the Chines see the two forms of piracy in a different light. The former takes no skill and is tantamount to theft while the latter gets to the heart of the Shanzhai or ‘mountain bandit’ culture. This resonates with the one-child cohort which tends to favor nationalist ideals. Their scholastic text books taught them that foreigners had rendered China to the sick man of Asia status for 100 years. Chinese TV does anything but dispel such notions. The impact is that this group seeks to help construct or reconstruct a stronger China while embracing global goods as well.
This demographic is ready to embrace a local brand with global cache, something China lacks. The knockoff Iphone 6 will be a hit, but in the minds of most a cheesy attempt at looking richer or better connected than one is.