China Policy Institute: Analysis

Taiwan and the Catholic Church

Written by Michael Reilly. 

On 24 August the government in Taipei announced that Vice-President Chen Chien-jen will attend the 4 September canonization ceremony at the Vatican for Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Senior government representation at such a high profile occasion is only to be expected and Chen is also a Catholic, making his attendance all the more appropriate. But as is so often the case in Taiwan, more than mere protocol is at stake.

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China’s Ethnic Minority Language Film

Written by Kwai-Cheung Lo.

The emphasis on common linguistic expression in the films of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been intimately tied to anxiety and angst in a multi-national and multi-lingual state. In the mid-1950s, state-owned studios began to produce films about the 55 officially recognized ethnic minorities in order to propagate ethnic policy, foster national unity and educate mass audiences about China as a multinational country even though more than 90 percent of its population is Han. Minority nationality cinema (少数民族电影)became a common and widely-circulated term. However, China’s ethnic minority film is not exactly a genre in itself, since it encompasses many different genres including spy thrillers, adventure, war films, costume drama, musical, romance, comedy, melodrama and children’s movies. It quite often combines multiple genres within one film.  Continue reading “China’s Ethnic Minority Language Film”

Chinese film and the declining fortunes of “the Boss”

Written by Peter Hitchcock.

Spare a thought for the poor old Chinese Boss. Regularly charged with corruption and vilified on Chinese social networks like Weibo, corporate heads in China cannot seem to catch a break. Surely the captains of industry who are leading China on the road to becoming the world’s largest economy should be considered heroes, with every million and billion of yuan going into their accounts, at home or in Panama, celebrated as triumphantly serving the people? Nobody should begrudge the Boss getting wealthy—“to get rich is glorious” is central to modernization. Sure there’s income inequality, but that’s the name of the game if you want to compete globally. Isn’t it embarrassing that the Abu Dhabi Rolls Royce dealership is outselling the one in Shenyang? And why should the Boss’s children have to live in Vancouver to get a decently priced Lamborghini? If the workers of the world cannot unite at least Bosses in China should get together and urge culture to express that piling up the cash is the only way to get peasant migrant worker average wages above 3000 yuan a month (2016 figures). Is Chinese cinema showing the world who’s the Boss? Continue reading “Chinese film and the declining fortunes of “the Boss””

The End of Fantasy: Framing State TV within Chinese Documentaries

Written by James Wicks.

What happens when Chinese filmmakers frame state media footage on television screens within their documentaries today? I’m going to argue that Chinese state media, when represented within contemporary Chinese documentaries, are, in the words of David Foster Wallace, an “agent of great despair and stasis.” It is an argument that perhaps, due to increased transnational connectivity, could be widely applicable to the role television plays in culture today regardless of geographical location, but the argument here is isolated to particular, specific examples. I begin with Lucy. Continue reading “The End of Fantasy: Framing State TV within Chinese Documentaries”

Queer Filmmaking in the People’s Republic of China

Written by Hongwei Bao.

While the Shanghai PRIDE Film Festival was celebrating its second edition from 17th to 26th June, 2016, the ninth edition of the Beijing Queer Film Festival was calling for entries for this year’s programme. Queer film making in the People’s Republic of China has prospered in the past decade, albeit with great precariousness due to China’s specific political and social context. In a country where the pride march is considered politically sensitive and culturally alien; making queer films and organising queer film festivals have become an important form of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) activism contributing to China’s rapidly changing gender and sexual landscape. Continue reading “Queer Filmmaking in the People’s Republic of China”

Europe as key destination for China overseas investment

Written by Alain Sepulchre.

For years, China has been known as a destination for foreign direct investment, as multinationals flocked there to build export platforms and take advantage of its fast-growing market. Now, however, it is China’s outbound foreign direct investment (OFDI) that is shaping the world. In the first quarter of 2015, China claimed its largest-ever share of global mergers and acquisitions (M&A), with Chinese companies’ takeovers of foreign firms amounting to US$101bn, or 15% of the $682bn in announced global deal activity. In just three months, China recorded more outbound investment transactions than in the whole of 2015, when US$109bn in deals were announced.

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