Category Archives: China

Learning about China through film

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, but given today the new leaders of China have been announced it seemed more apt. When I last taught my course on China I was asked by a student if … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Growth: Growing up in China and the Super-rich

I’ve recently discovered a number of films on the Al Jazeera website based on the growth of China. First, a film by Bruno Sorrentino focuses on Kay Kay the Girl from Guangzhou. “Kay Kay is the face of modern day … Continue reading

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Pandas arrive in Edinburgh: Panda Diplomacy Revived?

If you have watched the news today (4/11/11) you may have seen that two Giant Pandas have arrived from Chengdu into Edinburgh airport destined for Edinburgh zoo. It is thought that Pandas were used as instruments of diplomacy as far … Continue reading

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Think Like Chinese: A Review

Think Like Chinese: A very interesting book written by Haihua (Helen) Zhang and Geoff Baker. The book is broadly aimed at those doing business in China, but I would strongly urge anyone with an interest in China more generally to … Continue reading

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China in Africa

Any study of China and its relationships with other areas of the world should definately include a focus on the operations of China in Africa. This was the topic of a recent session on a course dedicated to the study … Continue reading

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A Brief History of China…or Chinese History in 45 minutes

I recently taught a week-long residential course for Gifted and Talented Students on the topic of China. The course covered a variety of aspects of Chinese, culture, economics, history, and geography. One of the first sessions provided a broad overview … Continue reading

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Beijing: An Exploration

Since the days of Kublai Kahn and the Mongol Yuan dynasty, Beijing (meaning ‘northern capital’, once called Peking) has been the capital of China. Best known for its historic sites such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden city and Summer Palace, … Continue reading

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