Chinese Culture


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


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?”


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


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, we frequently refer to anything from Chinese dynasties to the cultural dimension because without giving adequate attention to these (vital) variables,


Is China a Multi-Party Country and Do Opposition Forces Exist?

As is the case with quite a few articles in particular and China in general, the question which constitutes the title of this post has a complex “yes, but no” answer. In other words yes, China is indeed technically a multi-party country in that the Communist Party of China is not the only one


Art and Antiques in China: Fascination, Wealth Preservation… or Both?

During the 70s and 80s, interest in arts and antiques from the China region came primarily from Hong Kong and Taiwan. However, as time passed and mainland China became and more prosperous, the tide turned. Or, to be more precise, while there is still quite a bit of interest originating from Hong Kong and Taiwan,


(How) Does The Chinese New Year Affect the Economy, Markets and… Investors?

One might be tempted to think that, finally, we have a common denominator when it comes to China and the proverbial West, one pertaining to how disruptive the “holiday” season(s) can be. However, as frustrating as it may seem, things are once again different in China, as this article will hopefully make clear. On the


China’s Luxury Goods Market: Facts vs. Misconceptions

Misunderstandings abound when it comes to all things China-related. For example, through previous articles, we’ve highlighted many manufacturing-related ones, for example the (grossly outdated) idea that China can only put low-quality, low value-added products on the table. Similar outdated stereotypical thinking examples also pertain to the Chinese consumer. To put it differently, China has


(How/Why) Is China Different? “Investor Culture Shock” Explained

On a superficial level, we know or think we know that there can be differences between nations. But do we meaningfully internalize this reality or limit ourselves to superficially acknowledging it? When it comes to most Western investors and their attitude toward China, the latter tends to be much closer to reality. In other words,


Should Investors Learn Chinese?

Perhaps the most intellectually honest manner of starting this article would be highlighting the personal choice of the author. And in my case, yes, I have indeed decided to learn Chinese despite the fact that I have made a name for myself as an economist on the Anglo-Saxon scene. My books are selling quite well