China’s Cultural Diplomacy Offensive

The growth of Chinese “soft power” in the modern era is one of the great stories of our day.  Why?  Because it inspires fear! This short clip from the popular American television show “South Park” describes young Eric Cartman’s nightmare of a Chinese-dominated world, a dream which stems from his having watched the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. So what if the Chinese are … Continue reading China’s Cultural Diplomacy Offensive

Puccini helps the Chinese Communist Party congratulate itself

Zhang Yimou is at it again, staging Puccini’s final opera “Turandot” to fill the Birds’ Nest for an October 6 show commemorating — what else — the PRC’s 60th anniversary as a state. Just in case you though that Italian opera was making the CCP soft, Shanghai Daily reports the cultural news below a photo of a paramilitary cop forcing a “terrorist” out of a … Continue reading Puccini helps the Chinese Communist Party congratulate itself