China Policy Institute Blog

Where is China’s Textile and Apparel Industry Going?

Written by Sheng Lu and Marsha A. Dickson. China is well known as the largest textile and apparel (T&A) producer and exporter in the world, yet China’s T&A industry is also under-going tremendous restructuring and transformation. This article intends to shed light on the broad landscape of China’s T&A industry in the years ahead. Capturing where …

Fashion and Politics: Promoting ‘Designed in China’ through Political Power

By Christine Tsui. In 2012, the Chinese president Xi Jinping initiated an anti-corruption campaign. Although there is no explicit evidence that this was an intentional outcome at which Xi aimed, the fact is that the campaign eventually led to a big decrease in the sale of luxury brands. Because in the past luxury brands were mostly purchased by rich …

Chinese Characteristics: The Next Big (Export) Thing?

Written by John Hartley. In my research field of Cultural Science, the role of ‘we’ and ‘they’ groups in organising knowledge is seen as crucial. Knowledge is rarely neutral. ‘Ours’ is trusted, thick with meanings that bind ‘us’ together, and applicable to all situations, while ‘theirs’ is untrusted, possibly threatening, and not in the least applicable …

Shanghai Tang: China’s Aspiring Global Fashion Brand

Written by Jonathan Schroeder, Janet Borgerson, and Zhiyan Wu. How do Chinese brands draw upon what we call ‘Chinese brand culture’ in order to create distinctively Chinese fashion? Earlier this year, the Metropolitan Museum in New York hosted its annual Costume Institute exhibition, China: Through the Looking Glass, which examined 500 years of Chinese influence on European luxury …

Fashion, China, and Trends: A Critical Perspective

Written by Tina Mai Chen and Paola Zamperini. In June 2015, the runways for Moda Uomo in Italy celebrated China in more ways than anyone could have expected even in 2007, when Jean Paul Gaultier wove his dystopian haute couture gowns inspired by a delirious conflation of Japanese and Chinese motifs in his Spring collection for …

Depicting Orientalism in the Museum

Written by Simona Segre Reinach. In the feud between curator Diana Vreeland and cultural historian Deborah Silverman, surely Diana Vreeland is the clear winner. The debate dates back to more than thirty years ago. It was 1986 when Professor Silverman published Selling Culture in which she accused the fashion exhibits in the Metropolitan Museum curated by Vreeland of …

Problems in Huallywood

Written by Zhan Zhang. Three years ago, the National Digital Film Industrial Park opened in Wuxi, not far from Shanghai, with the nickname “Huallywood” (Hua meaning China). It was viewed as “ushering in a new golden age of filmmaking in China” and “Huallywood” aimed to become a global digital film capital in China like its counterparts in the …

China’s AIIB Dream

By Jan Knoerich. The process of establishing the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is a clear manifestation of China’s growing international leverage on issues of global economic governance. Up until the present day, the initiative has brought together an impressive 57 countries from all regions of the world – albeit with a clear focus on …

Why do many Chinese SOEs fail to achieve their ambitions?

Written by Jing Cai. China’s remarkable economic growth since the late 1970s has been accompanied, and in some degree caused, by changes in ownership and corporate governance. A large private sector grew up, partly through the founding of new firms, and partly through privatisation. But (full) privatisation was confined to small and medium state-owned enterprises (SOEs). …

China’s currency gets the IMF stamp of approval as it enters a new normal

Written by Yao Shujie. China’s RMB has been deemed “no longer undervalued” by the International Monetary Fund. This is a milestone for the Chinese government, which is keen to bolster domestic consumption and make the RMB a global currency. It is also significant in relations with the US, which has long-criticised Beijing’s currency policy for …