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March 30, 2017 04:20

A little history and context:

Hong Kong is a special place. It’s unique, as a literal “special administrative region” that engulfs Hong Kong island and its surrounding archipelago right off the coast of Shenzhen, as well as Kowloon and the  “New Territories’ which are on the “mainland” but stand worlds apart from the People’s Republic of China (usually called “Mainland China”). Hong Kong is also has an unusual trajectory: once an island of small villages, it's now grown into one of the world’s major global economic, financial, and increasingly, cultural hubs. In 1842, parts of Hong Kong were annexed as part of the colonial Brit ...

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NYC Chinatown Community & Asian-American Organizations

December 12, 2016 19:26

The W.O.W Project complied this resource for their panel discussion Tough Times: Chinatown Women & The Struggle to Build Community:

  • "As with other Chinese diasporic communities across the globe, Manhattan's Chinatown has historically been dominated by men and male-run institutions. On Saturday December 10th, join us as four women, early pioneers in Chinatown's business community, labor organizing and the arts and those continuing the struggle, come together in The W.O.W Project’s first public panel since the presidential election. 

  • Conceived as part history lesson and community strategy session, we envisi ...
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ARTIST CITY GUIDE :: Shanghai 上海

December 07, 2016 17:16
A little history and context:

You’ve probably heard of Shanghai. Over 25 million people live there. 40% of the population are migrants from other parts of the country, and an international population of over 200,000 make Shanghai one of China’s most cosmopolitan cities. It is China’s financial and business hub, hosting the world’s busiest port - where artists can even debark from their cargo ships after their Twenty Three Days At Sea residency.

Shanghai started out as a humble fishing village, growing into a major sea port city that controlled a large part of China’s trade and customs by the 18th century. During th ...
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Artist's Guide To WeChat

June 20, 2016 12:21

WeChat is *the* most important app in China. It's absolutely crucial for navigating life in mainland China, and we tell all artists heading that way to download it immediately. To help convey all the wonders of WeChat, we here at China Residencies commissioned Katy Roseland, artist & co-founder of Basement6 Collective, a Shanghai artist run space and residency, to write this guide. Katy's been based in China since the construction of the Great Firewall in 2009, she makes performance work and research centering on the Chinese internet. This guide was generated from her years of researching WeChat along with int ...

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Finding The Right Residency

December 07, 2015 18:12

So, you’re thinking you’d like to go on an artist residency China. Congratulations, you’re in the right place! 

Each residency in our directory is unique, and no two residency programs are exactly alike. The upside of such diversity means there's something for everybody, but it also means that finding the right residency for your practice will take a little bit of research and a good amount of soul-searching. 

Here’s a few things to think about to narrow down on the program that will be the best fit for you and your practice, and to keep you from ending up like the unhappy creature pictured above.

1. How would you like to spend ...

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August 20, 2015 02:44

A little history and context:

Beijing is the capital of China as well as the country’s political, cultural and economic center. Beijing is huge. 21 million people live in Beijing today, and its 16 districts cover a total area of 16,410 square kilometers -- that’s 13 times bigger than New York and 10 times bigger than London.

Beijing’s history dates back to the third dynasty of China, the Zhou dynasty, three thousand years ago. Some ancient and historical architecture still stands in the city, and you can see old temples, ramparts, watchtowers and traditional alleyways called hutongs sitting right next to modern skys ...

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Five Ways to Fund Your Residency

October 03, 2014 21:25

Not all residencies are free, unfortunately. Some require you to cover your transportation costs (and depending on when and where you're flying from, airfares can get pricey,) other ask artists to pay a program fee to support the residency.

Unlike many European countries, the Chinese government doesn't provide much funding for residency programs. Residencies in China support themselves through diverse funding models: some are attached to commercial galleries, others are part of hotels, restaurants, universities, or real-estate developments, and others still are entirely artist-run independent spac ...

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Navigating China's Internet & Useful Smartphone Apps

September 29, 2014 22:55

Using the internet in mainland China can be complicated. Not only is China home of some of the slowest connections on the planet, to make things even more frustrating, many popular news and social media websites and apps are blocked.

China deployed the Golden Shield Program, more commonly known Great Fire Wall in the early 2000s to restrict access to certain websites and searches of certain ‘sensitive’ keywords. This means no Facebook or Twitter, no Skype, and your phone won't be able to Instagram or Snapchat, to give just a few examples. Major foreign press outlets, Wikipedia and other sources of information also a ...

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China Reading List: Websites & Blogs

September 29, 2014 05:33

The internet is full of great news sources and personal musings about China, here's a list of our favorites:


Blogs / Satire


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China, the very basics

September 26, 2014 15:00

Population: China is big — it’s the worlds most populous country on earth, with over 1.35 billion citizens. 

Geography: It’s also one of the largest countries by land mass, larger than the USA and roughly the same size as Canada. China is incredibly diverse, geographically, ethnically, linguistically and culturally. 

Language & Culture: China’s official national language is Mandarin, but there are nearly 300 other living languages, dialects, and topolects spoken throughout the county’s many regions. Although the Han Chinese ethnicity makes up 90% of the population, China officially recognizes 56 distinct ethni ...

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