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Chinese Investments in Central and Eastern Europe. A Romanian Perspective

Chinese Investments in Central and Eastern Europe. A Romanian Perspective

Written by Sarmiza Pencea. For decades China has succeeded in attracting and turning to good account substantial foreign capital inflows, which have contributed to its torrid growth and development. Given its changed economic fundamentals after decades of accelerated transformation, the country is now adjusting to its new internal and external...

Jonathan Sullivan06 Oct 2014Leave a comment

A Report on the 11th Annual Conference of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS)

A Report on the 11th Annual Conference of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS)

Written by Isabelle Cheng, Jens Damm and Ann Heylen. After reaching the milestone of its first decade since its foundation, the 11th EATS Conference was held at the University of Portsmouth in the UK from 30 April to 2 May.  Echoing its mission of promoting Taiwan Studies amongst European academia, the conference was co-hosted by the Centre for...

Jonathan Sullivan08 Aug 2014Leave a comment

New trends in Taiwanese politics research

New trends in Taiwanese politics research

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. Under the guidance of Professor Gunter Schubert and his team, in the space of six years or so the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan at the University of Tubingen has become one of the major centres of excellence for Taiwan Studies in Europe (disclaimer: I am an ERCCT Fellow). The ERCCT recently...

Jonathan Sullivan16 Jul 2014Leave a comment

A Reflection on Cultural Brokers and “Understanding Taiwan through Film and Documentaries”

A Reflection on Cultural Brokers and “Understanding Taiwan through Film and Documentaries”

Written by Ming-Yeh Rawnsley. The Centre of Taiwan Studies, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London hosted a series of eleven Taiwan film screenings from November 2013 to March 2014 as part of their “Spotlight Taiwan” programme — Understanding Taiwan through Film and Documentaries— funded by the Ministry of...

Jonathan Sullivan11 Jul 2014One comment

What's Wrong with the Study of China/Countries

What’s Wrong with the Study of China/Countries

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE STUDY OF CHINA/COUNTRIES Hans Kuijper*  ABSTRACT In this paper[1] the thesis is submitted that there is something fundamentally amiss in Western Sinology (Zhōngguóxué, as distinct from Hànxué, which is a kind of old-fashioned philology): ‘China experts’  either pretend  to be knowledgeable about everything...

Martin Lavicka30 Jun 2014Leave a comment

Experiencing China’s verticality and exposing abstractions in altitude

Experiencing China’s verticality and exposing abstractions in altitude

Written by Marijn Nieuwenhuis. I have spent two years in China, but I visited the country on three separate occasions. The first time, in 2006, was as part of a field trip with the University of Manchester’s Institute for Development. We visited the famous wonders of industrialisation that comprise the so-called ‘Pearl River Delta.’ It is...

Jonathan Sullivan28 Apr 2014Leave a comment

Rice wine and fieldwork in China

Rice wine and fieldwork in China

Written by Nicholas Loubere. In China, social networking in both the professional and private spheres is usually achieved through group meals or banquets. Drinking is often an important element of these social events as a means of showing respect and friendship. Researchers who wish to conduct in-depth fieldwork in China need to engage with this...

Jonathan Sullivan18 Apr 2014Leave a comment

The vulnerable observer: Fear, sufferings and boundary crossing

The vulnerable observer: Fear, sufferings and boundary crossing

Written by Yunpeng Zhang. On a windy afternoon in early April, I was on my way home before a thin woman intercepted me and asked me if I would be interested in her experience of forced eviction. After I had spent a month in this neighbourhood, displacees started to recognise me, a liuxuesheng (student studying abroad) working on Expo-induced...

Jonathan Sullivan18 Apr 2014Leave a comment

Participation in musical ethnographic fieldwork in rural China

Participation in musical ethnographic fieldwork in rural China

Written by Catherine Ingram. During the past nine years I have undertaken more than 24 months of ethnographic research in rural Kam (in Chinese, Dong 侗) minority areas of southwestern China to investigate Kam music. Through being invited to participate in daily activities and musical events in rural Kam communities, and through my involvement...

Jonathan Sullivan18 Apr 2014Leave a comment

Notes on visual methods and ethnographic practices

Notes on visual methods and ethnographic practices

Written by Deljana Iossifova. In early 2007, my fieldwork began with the task of identifying a suitable case study area. I chose an area north of Shanghai’s Suzhou Creek and west of the inner city. Here, there were two very different neighbourhoods adjacent to each other, separated only by a narrow street (see Figure 1). On one side, there was...

Jonathan Sullivan18 Apr 2014Leave a comment

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23 May 2016 / Norbert Francis

Yes, this was an interesting study by Chang and Lu of bilingualism and perceptions of the ...

25 May 2015 / Ming-Yeh Rawnsley

I just want to echo Gary's comments and to alert to readers who may be interested in Routl...

24 May 2015 / Gary Rawnsley

Thanks for the inclusion, Jon. Readers may also be interested in the newly published Routl...

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