chinese culture

Interview: Maria Repnikova on Chinese Soft Power

China’s soft power initiatives are often derided by Western observers as ineffective or counterproductive. Over a hundred Confucius Institutes in the U.S. and Europe have been targeted as arms of the Chinese state and forced to...

Redefining the Meaning of “Chinese”

Didi Kirsten Tatlow quotes Taiwan specialist Mark Harrison’s suggestions that China could learn from Taiwan in building a more inclusive Chinese identity. From the New York Times: Because what China cannot seem to do — and...

Lies, Damn Lies, and Chinese “Lies That Bind”

From Frog in a Wall blog: Recently Susan D. Blum’s charming and thoughtful Lies that Bind: Chinese Truth, Other Truths (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006) took up the challenge left by Smith and Hsu to study the rules, expectations...

Bringing It All Back Home – Hard Hat Show – Danwei

The Danwei group on Youtube interviews three young Chinese who were born in China, lived abroad for extensive periods, and are now back in China to work. The interviewees talk about all sorts of aspects of their adjustment experiences, including the differences in culture and expectations, as well as the labeling they face as “Chinese” […]

Westerners and Easterners see the world differently – Zeeya Merali

From New Scientist: Chinese and American people see the world differently – literally. While Americans focus on the central objects of photographs, Chinese individuals pay more attention to the image as a whole, according to psychologists at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, US. “There is plenty of anecdotal evidence suggesting that Western and […]

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