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Nanjing, cn
Friday, April 19, 2019
winter cooling

A Different Kind of Cooling this Winter

Scavenging around Nanjing is not unusual in my hunt for contemporary art in this city, but finding something really worthwhile is. From January until March,...
Lucky Red

Why is Red Not Always Lucky in China?

Let me guess you’ve heard once or twice that the colour red in China is a symbol of happiness and good luck. Red packets...

Crayfish, Red Herring and Art

The Longxia (or crayfish) Festival held in Nanjing in June had nothing to do with those blighted crustaceans that hang onto life...
republican era

The “Modeng” Women; Republican Era Posters Art Exhibition

Smoking, to the women of 1920s and 30s Shanghai, was terribly classy. It was the epitome of “modeng” (摩登), a transliteration of the English...

Calligraphy or What?

A room full of calligraphy can be heavy going on the untrained eye, but this month AMNUA eases us in with a stimulating exhibition...

Saving Face; the Art of Surveillance

Some days it’s hard not to envy the “baoan” (security guard) where I live as I heave tearing plastic bags up seven flights to...

Archi-Capital; Gems in Nanjing

It both surprises and delights me that after living in Nanjing for 2 years I still regularly come across unexpected and intriguing architecture on...

Hip-Hopaganda; This is China

Four young lads huddle round a mixing deck in Chengdu. Flat caps, groomed eyebrows and baby’s bottom chins. They could be TF Boys in...

Virtual Art Exhibition vs. Child Poverty Relief

For 10 consecutive days this summer, Aha School took 130,000 Chinese children on a virtual tour of some of the world’s greatest museums, from...

Shattering Glass, Shattering Earth

Chairman Mao famously said, “Women hold up half the sky”. If by “sky” he was in some small way also referring to the “Chinese...
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