All posts tagged: Confucius Institute

Enlightenment, Cell, Studio: Beijing, Berlin, and Ai Weiwei

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Art / Beijing / China / Chinese Avant-Garde / Chinese communist party / Chinese nationalism / Cultural Politics / EU-East Asia relations / German / Huanqiu Shibao / Op-Ed / Sino-German Relations

In its typically understated fashion of reasserting totalitarian facts, the Chinese government appears to have arrested the dissident provocateur Ai Weiwei in Beijing.  (Hat tip to Evan Osnos in Beijing for the full story.) The timing of the arrest is a bit curious.  What serves as a trigger for such an arrest, after all, particularly given that this action seemed to be the work of China’s central government rather than an arbitrary action of local […]

Successful Musical Diplomacy

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Art / China / Chinese Avant-Garde / Chinese nationalism / Cultural Politics / East Asian modernity / Music / US-North Korea relations

One area of research competence and interest for me involves musical diplomacy, particularly as it has effected the US-China bilateral relationship.  I spoke about the topic at this State Department conference in 2006 where I met Christopher Hill and got in his ear (and those of other State officials including Asst. Secretary of State for East Asia Tom Christensen) about using music as a channel with the North Koreans.  It took about 18 months for […]