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False starts and reformulations in the study of everyday musical life in urban China

False starts and reformulations in the study of everyday musical life in urban China

Written by Paul Kendall. “Don’t waste your time in Kaili”, advised Wang Dewei, a retired English teacher who played erhu (two-stringed spike fiddle) with an amateur park choir. An accusation of laziness would have made me happier than his intended meaning, that my time was wasted because I had chosen the wrong place to do fieldwork on...

Jonathan Sullivan18 Apr 2014Leave a comment

What are we comparing China with?

What are we comparing China with?

Written by Charles Stafford. In considering the challenges faced by researchers in China, it may be useful to take a comparative perspective. As part of a recent pilot project that was designed to be comparative, I carried out two months of fieldwork in rural Heilongjiang and a further two months in rural Oklahoma, focusing on the same general...

Jonathan Sullivan18 Apr 2014Leave a comment

Doing fieldwork with observers of their own ‘culture’ in rural Hubei

Doing fieldwork with observers of their own ‘culture’ in rural Hubei

Written by Hans Steinmüller. One of the things that constantly surprised me during my fieldwork was the extent to which local inhabitants observed and described their own ‘culture’. The forms that self-observations and self-descriptions take depend very much on the audience. In this article, I describe my encounters with such...

Jonathan Sullivan18 Apr 2014Leave a comment

Building Trust and Boundaries: Fieldwork in Shanghai

Building Trust and Boundaries: Fieldwork in Shanghai

Written by Qin Shao. In January 2004, I started my first six months of field research in Shanghai for a book project, Shanghai Gone: Domicide and Defiance in a Chinese Megacity. Since then and until 2012, I returned to China for fieldwork in most of the summers and frequently exchanged emails and phone calls with the residents as their cases were...

Jonathan Sullivan18 Apr 2014Leave a comment

Intensive course - Change is Nigh, April 2014: Photo Gallery

Intensive course – Change is Nigh, April 2014: Photo Gallery

Below please find some of the pictures taken during the intensive course by our guest Dr. Lukas Pokorny, which focused on the development and the millenarian dimension of selected East Asian (i.e. Korean, Japanese, Chinese/Taiwanese, Vietnamese) new religious movements (NRMs). This course took place between April 7th and April 11th, 2014. For...

Martin Lavicka18 Apr 2014Leave a comment

China’s Fish Soup for the Soul

China’s Fish Soup for the Soul

Written by Julie Yu-Wen Chen. The image above shows recent best-selling books in a book store in China. Although the ranking of best-selling books in this store might not be the same as in others, it is still interesting to see what is appealing to Chinese people’s reading tastes these days. The practice of religion is still monitored and...

Jonathan Sullivan15 Apr 2014Leave a comment

Summer School - China and Its Neighbours: Threats and Opportunities, July 2014

Summer School – China and Its Neighbours: Threats and Opportunities, July 2014

International Summer School Dates: July 7 – 12, 2014 Venue: Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic Organizers: Project CHINET & Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts, Palacký University Olomouc Summer school tuition fee: Free of charge Language: English (advanced English skills required) Information in pdf can be downloaded...

Martin Lavicka14 Apr 20142 comments

Summer School of Chinese Linguistics, June-July 2014

Summer School of Chinese Linguistics, June-July 2014

International Summer School Dates: June 30 – July 5, 2014 Venue: Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic Tuition fee: free of charge Language: English Organizers: Project CHINET, Department of Asian Studies, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic Information in pdf can be downloaded here Program of the summer school can be...

Martin Lavicka14 Apr 2014Leave a comment

SETC, April 2014: Photo Gallery

SETC, April 2014: Photo Gallery

Below please find some of the pictures taken at the Conference on Socio-Economic Transition of China. This Conference took place at the Art Center of Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic, between April 3rd and April 6th, 2014. You can find more pictures in our flickr...

Martin Lavicka09 Apr 2014Leave a comment

Communication and Cooperation in Early Imperial China: Publicizing the Qin Dynasty

Communication and Cooperation in Early Imperial China: Publicizing the Qin Dynasty

Written by Oliver Weingarten Sanft, Charles. 2014. Communication and Cooperation in Early Imperial China: Publicizing the Qin Dynasty. SUNY Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press. ISBN: 978-1-4384-5037-7. $85. Traditional historiography has long disparaged the Qin dynasty as a tyrannical regime...

Martin Lavicka05 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...

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

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