China Policy Institute Blog

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 …

Unequal Opportunities, Unequal Outcomes

Written by Jane Golley. In the six and a half decades since the foundation of the People’s Republic, China has achieved remarkable advances in educating its vast population. This increase in human capital has contributed to, and in recent decades been facilitated by, the rapid rates of economic growth that have transformed China into the …

Voices from China’s Rural Ethnic Margins

Written by Jinting Wu. In the broad strokes of media accounts, China presents a success story in education. Not only are many foreign universities vying to tap into its rich educational appetite by setting up offshore campuses, its “ruthlessly dedicated students” both home and abroad have impressed the world. In the 2010 Programme for International Student Assessment …

Left-behind children: Who to blame?

Written by Xiaogang Wu. A tragedy took place in June 2015 in the countryside of Guizhou Province, China. A local family of four brothers and sisters in Bijie, the oldest 13 and the youngest only 5, committed collective suicidal by taking poison. In 2012, also in Guizhou, five homeless children were found dying in dumpsters—it was …

How Can One Become a Teacher in China?

Written by Aihua Hu. Teachers play an indispensable role in education. The significance of this role cannot be underestimated; teachers educate future generations for the advancement of a nation. Research has indicated that qualified teachers should possess knowledge of the following three fields: subject matter, professional knowledge (didactic knowledge and psychology), and practical knowledge (teaching practice). …

Migrant Children’s Education

Written by Anita Koo. During the past three decades, China has experienced massive rural-to-urban migration as people leave the farmlands to search for higher income jobs in the cities. Since the beginning of the 2000’s rural migrants have increasingly brought their families with them when they relocate to the cities. In 2010, there were approximately 35.8 million ‘migrant …

Education in China – A Historical Perspective

Written by Nan Li. China has a long tradition in valuing education and respecting teachers. There is a cultural root for this tradition. Historically, teachers are categorized as government officials. For instance, long before China’s unificatio

School Education for Migrant Children in Urban China

Written by Ting Liu, Kathryn Holmes and James Albright. China’s rapid economic growth during the past 30 years has fuelled an increased demand for skilled workers, and has resulted in unprecedented internal migration to urban centres. In turn, the focus has turned to the provision of education, particularly in cities, as children previously educated in rural …

Confucius Institutes and China’s ‘soft power’

Written by James F. Scotton. Confucius Institutes, the Chinese government’s language and cultural centres hosted by universities throughout the world, are facing increasing academic resistance in the west. The Institutes, first launched in 2004, have been a remarkable success. By 2011 there were more than 400 Confucius Institutes plus an equal number of Confucius Classrooms in …

Language, National Identity and Nationalism in China

Written by Yingjie Guo. The close relationship between language, national identity and nationalism is rarely disputed. Though few would insist on a strong interconnection between language and the development of ‘intellectual peculiarity’, it is easy to agree that ancestral language and national continuity are intertwined and that nationalism has been inextricably bound up with language. …