Representing the ‘real’ China: Oxford grads on starting their own social enterprise

Danny Parrott and Richard Lloyd are two Oxford graduates who first met on their Chinese Studies course at the university. In 2011, they established a social enterprise called Gotoco with their Chinese partner, Lisha Tang, which allows university students from various parts of the world to travel to travel to China on summer teaching and […]

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First Putin, now Xi Jinping: how unlimited power became the ‘in’ thing

If you were to cast your mind back to the finest music of 2002, it’s unlikely that the first thing to come to mind would be a Russian chart topper. That year, a song titled ‘A Man Like Putin”, in which a Russian girl-band sang about how they wanted a man like Vladimir Putin, dominated the Russian charts. Unsurprisingly, it propelled the band to worldwide […]

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China: The Future of world Football?

The recent exodus of high-profile football stars to China has cast the spotlight on the world’s most populous nation and their attempts to promote the beautiful game. The trend began with Brazilian centre-back Renato Augusto who signed for Beijing Guoan last January before convincing his compatriots Hulk and Oscar to join rivals Shanghai SIPG in […]

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Liu Bolin: the invisible man?

Photo: dennis crowley If you google Liu Bolin, the results will largely celebrate the playful colour and amusement of his work. Bolin’s recent international success has centred explicitly on just that, ignoring or failing to realise the darker socio-political implications of his creative assertion of erased identity. In fact, Bolin’s first use of the ‘invisible […]

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