Written by Dian Li. 2015 started with a bang for Yu Xiuhua. In a span of months, her name graced front pages of newspapers, prime-time television shows, and the far corners of the Internet. A country woman no longer, she became the most talked about poet in China. […]
Written by Giorgio Strafella and Daria Berg. The speech pronounced by Xi Jinping at a conference on political work in higher education on 7 December 2016, together with his 2014 speech at the Beijing Forum on Literature and Art and this 2015 Central Committee document, symbolise the General Secretary’s […]
Written by Xiaoling Zhang. In an effort to increase China’s culture-focused soft power and to secure an international environment conducive to its development and to generate goodwill abroad alongside its economic rise, Confucius Institutes were established as part of China’s ‘going out’ strategy.
Written by Jeanne L. Wilson. In the last decade, the Russian and the Chinese leaderships have come to focus on cultural and civilizational factors as a component of both their domestic and foreign policy. Neither Russia nor China has a coherent sense of national identity; this is a work […]
Written by Falk Hartig. By late 2015, 500 Confucius Institutes (hereafter CIs) had been established around the world and the number of Confucius Classrooms at primary and secondary schools has reached 1,000. While one has to treat those official numbers with some caution (apparently not all institutes counted in […]
Written by Minna Törmä. Every now and then a Chinese artwork hits the news headlines because of the exorbitant price it has fetched at auction. Often it is a piece of ‘imperial’ porcelain or a piece of jade, though occasionally the news in the Western world also tells about […]
Written by Laura De Giorgi. One of the peculiar features in the development of Sino-Italian relations is the importance that both countries attribute to culture as a privileged terrain for bilateral cooperation. To some extent, this has been the reflection of the shared perception of being both cultural nations, […]