Chinese Culture

24
Jan

1 Out of 5 Human Beings Is Han Chinese… and Why You Should Care

To avoid confusions, we would like to make it clear right from the beginning that we are strictly referring to the Han Chinese population rather than ~1.4 billion Chinese population in general. However, as mentioned in another article, roughly 91.65% of all Chinese citizens are Han Chinese (in other words, almost 1.3 billion individuals). If

23
Jan

(Why) Are Western Media Outlets Biased Against China?

Without the “why” in parenthesis, this article would be remarkably short. One word, to be more precise: yes. However, by limiting ourselves to merely stating the (blatantly) obvious, we would be missing out on vital layers of nuance which add much-needed context to this entire debate. In the absence of said context, we would end

22
Jan

(How) Does China Control Media Outlets?

The many contradictions which lie at the very core of media outlets are nothing short of fascinating. On the one hand, these media outlets (mainstream media as well as alternative media) are very effective at shaping the opinion of the average content consumer. Many outlets, when reaching out to me with interview requests or other

21
Jan

China’s Ethnic Groups in a Nutshell: Minorities Under the Microscope

While most people tend to identify China with the Han ethnic group (and rightfully so, given the fact that there are over 1.2 billion Han Chinese, or approximately 91.65% of China’s population according to the 6th National Population Census of the People’s Republic of China, conducted back in 2010), it is important to realize that

09
Jan

Chinese Universities: Evolution, Reach/Penetration, Potential and Challenges

Whenever “dissecting” national economic success stories with a reverse engineering state of mind, education tends to be an important common denominator at the very least, perhaps even the most important one. This is because, as economists such as Adam Smith have made clear centuries ago, the wealth of a nation doesn’t lie in the natural

26
Dec

Religion in China: A Brief Overview

Thinking you can become a balanced investor in Chinese assets without a firm grasp on at the very least the basics with respect to culture would be misguided at best. And having a firm grasp on “all things culture” without including religion into the mix would be (severely) sub-optimal, so let us take a few

24
Dec

Can (and Will) China Influence Other Nations?

Those of us who live in let’s say less than dominant countries (nations which have never been economic or military superpowers) like to believe our history was remarkably unique. Realistically speaking, however, that is usually not entirely true. Why? Simply because an economic superpower does not merely export products and services, it also tends to

29
Nov

Censorship in China: A Multi-Generational Paradigm?

Pretty much all analysts acknowledge that censorship-related practices tend to be ubiquitous in China, with the main debates revolving around their effectiveness (or lack thereof). Of course, there is the occasional contrarian analyst who believes the issue is blown out of proportion but for the most part, the “Is censorship a significant issue in China?”

22
Nov

China and Isolationism: A Two-Way Street?

The strong Western isolationism trend became brutally obvious in 2016, first with the Brexit vote and later that year with the United States elections. Needless to say, China in general and more specifically the problematic trade balance with China that most Western nations are dealing with have been and still are major talking points. It

04
Nov

How Many Languages (Dialects?) Are Used in China?

To meaningfully wrap your head around China, digging deep is the only way to go and there is certainly more to it than just crunching some economic numbers. This is why, here on ChinaFund.com, we frequently refer to anything from Chinese dynasties to the cultural dimension because without giving adequate attention to these (vital) variables,