On The Cover of The Ming Pao Magazine

When the Ming Pao, one of the biggest Chinese language newspapers in the world, contacted me for an interview, I had no idea they were going to put me on the cover of their magazine. The Ming Pao magazine is part of the Saturday edition of the Vancouver and Toronto Ming Pao newspaper. I am not sure if it will be going into any other editions of the Ming Pao.


Getting the cover is my biggest tier 1 media coup to date. The Ming Pao magazine is read by over 140,000 Chinese reader in Vancouver every week. I’m sure the Toronto edition reaches more. Unfortunately, I can’t read Chinese so I have no idea what it says. My wife skimmed the five page article during today’s Dot Com Pho and told me it’s very detail and more focus on my life than any of the other newspaper or magazine articles about me. No doubt the Ming Pao took this line because I am Chinese.


If you live in Toronto or Vancouver and can read Chinese, maybe you can pick up a copy and tell me what it said. I’m sure Sarah will translate the article for me later.

98 thoughts on “On The Cover of The Ming Pao Magazine”

  1. Ming John Pao Chow (well thats the translation I would come up with). A pitty you don’t know what it is said, and I bet they will write again about you John, with the title: John Chow, the Chinese that doesn’t know Chinese

    Nasty…no? πŸ˜‰

    1. Kanute says:

      John is blessed, cause he can also count on an immense(in terms of numbers) background. It doesn’t matter much if he doesn’t speak Chinese

      1. I doubt John doesn’t speak Chinese, he might simply not read Chinese (it is a complicate alphabet). But are you trying to tell me that it doesn’t matter if you don’t know your mother language? Do you think before you write or what?

        1. Cool down. πŸ˜‰
          No need to get personal by statements such as “Do you think before you write or what?”
          It is surprising to me that someone could be Chinese without being able to read their mother tongue as is the case for John Chow [who wrote: “Unfortunately, I can’t read Chinese so I have no idea what it says. My wife skimmed the five page article during today’s Dot Com Pho and told me it’s very detail and more focus on my life than any of the other newspaper or magazine articles about me. No doubt the Ming Pao took this line because I am Chinese.”] but I feel it’s absolutely amazing THEN that he does write such good English/American.
          So let’s all be kinder towards one another and try to bring peace one to another instead of bickering.
          Otherwise, you might find the WebMaster will cut off your record setting comments posting with the sword of a samurai….. 😳 are they Japanese?
          Sorry, John. You know what I try to convey. πŸ˜€

          Keep up the good work. 😎

          1. Even tho it is reasonable if a Chinese who left his country when he was 7 (read John’s comment bellow) can’t read Chinese (i repeat, it is a difficult alphabet, not a easy thing to learn) it is not reasonable to state “It doesn’t matter” (i don’t know, I might have been educated in a wrong way).

            Said that, i have respect for John, and i was just teasing him with that line that I said, but Konturas comment really did not made any sense (at least to me).

            As far as it regards the comment score, that is not the reason WHY i comment (i would actually prefer a chat room instead) πŸ˜‰

        2. KingJacob says:

          I dont know German or Gaelic 😐

      2. John Chow says:

        I can speak Chinese, I just can’t read it. I came to Canada when I was seven and went right into the English school system.

        1. Ah no worries, i was just teasing you. I love languages (wish I knew at least how to say Hi in chinese) and some what I have respect for mother language, so as i said, i was just teasing you and not to cause a discussion.

    2. Very kewl John! More readers = your cash!

  2. Bob says:

    It says:”We wanted to interview the cow, but ended up with chow”

    1. KingJacob says:

      Second best isnt that bad for a cover though :mrgreen:

    2. Googlelady says:

      This cow is just amaze me everyday he even knows chinese!

  3. Shawn Knight says:

    Congrats on the mag cover, but too bad you don’t know what they had to say hehe

  4. Content Ads says:

    John in radio, magazines and tv shows. When would you let me to conduct an interview with you regarding experience of contextual advertising programs? πŸ™‚ I do have plenty of things to ask you.

  5. Congrats John! I guess you really are a Dot Com Mogul. 😎

  6. Wow, that’s huge.


  7. Odeh says:

    Great! Use Google translate πŸ˜‰

  8. Media coverage is quite an honor, especially outside of your own media type. From web to print is a big leap. Great Job! Hope your wife can translate all of it.

  9. JoeTech.com says:

    Very nice progress, John. It’s always good when the print world gets ahold of you (in a positive light)

  10. Congratulations. πŸ™‚
    Always nice to see good success. I am always encouraged to read such blog articles.
    Best wishes for a good sunday, and keep up the good work. πŸ˜€

  11. Ritu says:

    Congrats! Also one part of the article says ” John Chow, visits his comment writers blogs and posts comments on theirs as well ” πŸ˜‰ Once again congratulations!

  12. Ritu >> That must be a mistake, because he hasn’t commented on mine, and I would certainly feel honoured if a person like John Chow ever paid a visit to my blog. His comments would, no doubt, be as incisive and constructive as his fine articles on his blog. πŸ™‚

    1. He’s also never commented on mine, and mine’s better than his πŸ˜‰

  13. Kit says:

    I bought a Ming Pao today in Toronto, but you weren’t on the magazine. That magazine here is called Ming Pao Saturday Supplement instead of Ming Pao Magazine.

    1. John Chow says:

      I was told the article would be syndicated to the Toronto Ming Pao. I guess it didn’t show up on today’s edition.

  14. acosmin says:

    Gongrats to Cow, ups Chow πŸ™‚ for getting on the front page

  15. Israel says:

    wow, you should be on some more mainstream tv soon.

  16. bob says:


    Did they interviewed you?

    1. John Chow says:

      Yes, the interview was done last week.

  17. Pedro says:

    IΒ΄m from brazil.
    I would like to say that ur great on Blogging, IΒ΄ve already read your e-book. And IΒ΄m planning for someday to create one. (Just Kidding). ItΒ΄s under process ItΒ΄s almost done.
    But before that, I was wondering if u can help me with some advices.
    – One is that bar by the side of ur posts, showing the day posted.
    – And thereΒ΄s some others..

    I would like to know if u can help me.. and through where? MSN? E-mail? What do u prefer?

    Bye see ya.!

  18. jentekk says:

    Congratulations John!
    Do you ever pinch yourself to make sure all this fun is not just a dream?! πŸ˜€

    Be sure to post the translated article here in your blog.


  19. Saedel says:

    Congrats!! Next stop: TIME? πŸ˜€

  20. Hah, I liked the fact they made your income report into a really nice and attention getting section.




  21. WarriorBlog says:

    Congrat John…You sure look weary and tire from the picture above though πŸ™‚

    1. John Chow says:

      It was a long photo session. πŸ™‚

  22. Scoot says:

    I’d like to know why they didn’t have a pic of you ready to kill the panda. 😐

    1. KingJacob says:

      Cause they dont want to be bombed by PETA

    2. That would’ve made an awesome cover !! πŸ˜€

  23. Unfortunately no Chinese here but I would definitly be interested in reading the article. Hope ya post it soon.

  24. Shaun C says:

    Wow, nice. πŸ™‚ Congrats again!

  25. :mrgreen: Congrats John! It would have driven my crazy knowing that I could not read an article on myself.

  26. Eric says:

    Congrats Mr. Chow! I never knew you were Chinese, I thought you were Korean. Learn something new everyday.

  27. boring man says:

    He is a celebrity now..
    “Blog celebrity.’ John CHow.. maybe popular than Jackie Chan…
    Maybe after this he will appear on commercial tv…

  28. Jonk says:

    This is like a delirious life moment for me because finally there’s something I’ve done that John hasn’t….

    I’m surprised that’s your biggest media coup John, you could seriously get so much more coverage than that.

    You just have to understand that most media don’t look for stories, they wait for the stories to come to them

    I wrote this article on Feb:
    7 things you need to know about getting your business into the media.

    I’ve learnt more since then…. But I was on the national news on all major channels in Australia, on the morning shows the day after, on all the major radio stations in Australia. (Literally. It was a very, very tiring process.)

    Then the international media picked up on it and BBC reported it, The Guardian in London wrote about it.. I made front page of New Zealand’s biggest newspaper (they didn’t even call me for an interview so I found this one out 3 weeks later..!)

    Jeff Crilley’s book Free Publicity is tiny but absolute gold. I would recommend it to anyone. I know I can easily replicate what I did into another national story given the right circumstances.

    You could easily parlay your experience in blogging into national tv in Canada.

    So could Darren Rowse for that matter.. hmm….

  29. Jonk says:

    Oh by the way John I’m making money online thanks a lot to your help and others such as Kumiko and Maki, I’m currently doing US30-50 every day so am grateful for the help, it’s helping me pay my way to Spain for a visit for 3, 4 months

    And when I get there I don’t need to have as much $ as other people because I have an online income!

    God bless the internet

  30. Stephen says:

    Old Chinese men are probably reading the article and yelling and pointing at him because he doesn’t have a real job πŸ˜›

    1. Israel says:

      so true, so true. lol.

    2. lyricsreg says:

      LOL … the good ol’ days

  31. Vlsh says:

    Internationally recognized. That’s just awesome dude 😎

  32. yuqk says:

    hehe~ u are my idol man~ To my suprise, u cant read chinese~ haha! Anyway, Chinese support Chinese!

  33. GettyCash says:


    John on magazine πŸ˜€

  34. Great work John!

    Good stuff mate, forging the way forward

  35. BlogOnExpo says:

    Congrats on more media coverage. Newspaper, TV, and Magazines.

  36. Etienne Teo says:

    I am sure the article tells everyone to start blogging and make money online. :mrgreen:

    1. Simon says:

      They just report how john make money online. :mrgreen:

  37. 3cpxbro says:

    Nice coverage. First thing tomorrow, I’m going to buy a copy, just for inspiration.

  38. Googlelady says:

    Congratulations Mr Chow. That is great to have bloggers on the press πŸ˜‰

  39. Hearty congratulations John!!! Keep up good work!

  40. selamiyet says:

    With a voice not for radio and a face not for TV or print you should just keep blogging John!

  41. Wayne Liew says:

    I know Chinese as well but I don’t have access to Ming Pau since it is not available in Malaysia. Can post a copy for me? πŸ˜†

  42. Wayne Liew says:

    I know Chinese but Ming Pao is not available in Malaysia. Can send me a copy? πŸ˜†

    1. Simon says:

      There is nothing new in the article. Almost every thing John post in this blog. The main point of this article is John Chow make money from his blog!!

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  43. yuqk says:

    I am Chinese and i may help u to translate what are they saying~ i am currently studying in Singapore and hence i know both Chinese and English. πŸ™‚

    1. Simon says:

      John’s wife can read Chinese :mrgreen:

  44. 3cpxbro says:

    Congrats on the cover! I’ll try to pick up a MingPao tomorrow.

  45. kadir says:

    Wow… Really you’re wonderful guy who makes perfect money online thats why you’re in the cover story. congrats…

  46. Greart effort John. Crossing media platforms can really open up your website to a whole new audience, will be interesting to see if you get any type of traffic spike from this?

    I was on the front cover of PC Pro back in 2004 (talk about living on past glories) and I’m sure it really helped a lot to put me where I am now.

  47. Kanute says:

    The article certainly says “Chinese dot Com Mogul conquers Canada” More grease to your elbows John πŸ˜›

  48. Congratz John… πŸ˜› πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

    1. Mat says:

      Spammy comment 101

  49. cy says:

    the front page title is in Chinese cantonese, read “the king of earning”.

  50. phyzhoe says:

    I was wondering how much copy of Ming Pao was distributed. John Chow is hot now. Searching for the english edition now

  51. MK says:

    wow you famous πŸ˜€

  52. Oh my gosh. This will surely give the website a boost. As I have always said, the more visitors equals more possibly cash. Good luck man.

  53. HMTKSteve says:

    So tell us John, are you getting more media coverage because of the blog than you did from TTZ?

  54. Klaudio says:

    You’re a celeb in china πŸ˜€

    1. lyricsreg says:

      And soon he’ll be big in Japan πŸ™‚

  55. chtanxw says:

    This Canada edition of Ming Pao is in Traditional Chinese Character. TCC is mainly used in HK, Taiwan whereas the Simplified Chinese Character is used in China, Singapore and Malaysia. For the younger generation, many will only able to read the SCC.
    I can read both types.
    In term of marketing, SCC is more accessible than TCC. Just look at this figures 1,000,000,000(1Billion) vs 50,000,000(50Million).

  56. goldfries says:

    真ε₯½, δΈΊεŽδΊΊδΊ‰ε…‰γ€‚

    Well anyway in Malaysia we were taught Chinese in simplified form for quite a long time already. Regardless, the food stalls in Malaysia and some local newspapers still use TCC.

    I read both, just that I read SCC faster and better. πŸ™‚

    1. Simon says:

      ηœ‹ηš„ζ‡‚δΈ­ζ–‡ι‚£δΎ†ζˆ‘ηš„ιƒ¨θ½ζ Όηœ‹ηœ‹ε§ :mrgreen:

  57. John Chow: can i have your signature? 😳 i am your super fan. πŸ˜† maybe your signature will worth money. lol.

  58. Dandruff says:

    Congratulations John !!!! It’s sad that you can’t read chinese. As you said that this is one of the biggest Chinese language newspapers and your article has been featured on it, I am sure you would have got a word to word translation done of the whole article, but ya, reading on your own would have been so much more satisfying. Anyways I think you need to go for chinese classes now…….

  59. Fabulous website! And an amazing succeess, I’d say! Learn more Chinese by making a vast journey in China and Tibet as I did in August. πŸ˜€ Vancouver is a great place with awesome surroundings – but Chinese scenery is a blast nobody should miss out on….

  60. It looks like you could be soon in people magazine… Do you see some efect in you pages? I belive you will post some reports how your stats are doing now…

  61. Congrats John,
    I myself am a student studying Chinese, so I found this post particularly interesting.

  62. Teddy says:

    The number of visitors must greatly increase in the coming days !

  63. Wahlau.NET says:

    more publicity is good for johnchow.com

    it look more like a magazine rather than newspaper

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