Shanghai Buzz was the first weekly English newspaper created and published in Shanghai since the CDommunist takeover in 1949. It was produced with the help of a number of people, including Tony Zhang and Erica Lewis. It was entirely illegal, and it only survived for seven issues, from July 2, to mid-August 1998, but it was unbelievable fun to do. The paper included features, and restaurant reviews, a column by May-May and classifieds, which instantly became hugely important to the
section of the city's population which read the Buzz. We printed 5,000 copies an issue, and they disappeared like water into sand. By the seventh issue we were breaking even on advertising revenue versus costs, and the fact that we were clearly making progress on ad sales spurred certain forces to have it shut down. The eighth issue was created and designed, but was never printed.