Imperial Examination Tradition and Today’s Foreign Policy Making in China

Written by Yiyi Chen. In a previous paper, I made the observation that today’s Chinese Communist Party central government makes its foreign policy decisions transparently, predictably and rationally. This results from the CCP’s willingness to “pay a price for pride” on behalf of the entire nation, whose shared historical memory is of a century of humiliation by …

Where the Silk Roads Meet: Foreign Religions in Quanzhou in the Age of Marco Polo

Written by Samuel Lieu. The Silk Road as an artery for the exchange of goods, people, ideas and religions reached its apogée during the time of the Mongol Empire under Qinggis (Genghis) Khan. Beginning in 1206 with the unification of all the tribes in Mongolia under his rule, Khan created a world empire stretching from the Pacific to Central …

Multilingualism, Discourse and Identity in China

Written by Linda Tsung. China is one of the most multilingual countries in the world. The government of the People’s Republic of China promotes the country as a harmonious and unified nation with 56 distinct ethnic groups who speak more than 400 languages. The government has not only legally recognised multilingualism, but has also publicly …

China’s Language Policies

Written by Li Wei. Since 2006, China’s State Language Commission, an administrative department under the Ministry of Education, has been compiling an annual Green Paper on the so-called ‘language life’ in China. These Green Papers are published under the title Language Situation in China, and the English translation of the key parts of the reports …

Reducing Food Waste to Boost China’s Long-term Food Security

Written by Zhang-Yue Zhou. What is food waste? According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, food waste at the consumption stage is the food discarded which is still suitable for human consumption. Food waste at the consumption stage in China is enormous. According to China’s Bureau of State Grains, food wasted each …

Chinese food culture: Influences from within and without

By Ken Hom. In Food in Chinese Culture (Yale, 1978), Michael Freeman writes that any cuisine worthy of the name comes not from a single tradition, instead it “amalgamates, selects, and organizes the best of several traditions.” While sampling foods in restaurants and homes throughout China, I have been impressed by how many commonalities there are between …

China’s new initiatives on cultural development

By Xiaoling Zhang. The importance of promoting culture, both domestically and internationally, was placed center stage again at the 6th Plenary Session of the CPC’s 17th Central Committee after it was written into the 12th five-year plan in 2010. Top leaders pledged to provide the sector with more resources to boost soft power and bolster …