You know China from here

“China has become the second largest economy, the world wants to know more about China. This is perfect timing for Chinese contemporary culture to decide its main priority: to define who we are on our terms, from literature to film industry, from visual art to music to indie pop. It’s an opportunity not to be missed. It’s time for us to choose direction.
Identity politics, cultural imperialism and define Asia, the three sensitive, almost taboo topics we touch upon […] The avant-garde initiatives place China and Asia in the centre. It’s a very different perspective, but a very organic and authentic perspective. From here, made here, and of here. It’s a new perspective, and the new always decides what’s familiar.
Placing Asia in the centre complicates perspectives, it is uniqueness and freshness born on the stage of a global/glocal economy. Edward Said, author of Orientalism, attempted to give a rational face to the cultural imperialism in his sequel, Culture and Imperialism. “Just as none of us is outside or beyond geography, none of us is completely free from the struggle over geography. That struggle is complex and interesting because it is not only about soldiers and cannons but also about ideas, about forms, about images and imaginings.” Creating for somebody will be replaced by creating from somebody. Everything is possible.

Affluence means influence. Creative industry is about power. China is on the verge of being a cultural superpower.”

Fragment from Julie O’Yang’s essay on (defying) cultural georgraphy — Read full article in XiN magazine autumn edition, pb. September 2013

Julie O’Yang is an Europe-based fiction writer, essayist, and screenwriter. Her fiction, essays and film reviews have featured in international renowned publications. Check amazon.com for her recent book titles. Currently Julie is working on her next novel (the only statement that does not need to be updated from time to time;) ).

Julie O’Yang | Editor-in-Chief

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julie 超辣

Determined dreamer. Published author in English, Dutch, and Chinese. Former People’s Liberation Army (PLA) captain turned artist entrepreneur and screenwriter. She survived the Cultural Revolution as a baby. In the 1990’s she left for London and has lived and worked in free exile ever since. Her work covers a wide spectrum. As journalist, she creates content covering a range of topics on contemporary China from an insider perspective. In 2008, during the Beijing Olympics, she hosted a 5-episode talk show TV China for Netherlands’ national broadcaster and discussed China’s media landscape with media stars and experts from both China and the Netherlands. From 2013-2016 she was the Editor-in-Chief of the English/Chinese bilingual magazine XiN 新, focusing on today’s China shaped by consumerism. O’yang contributes a weekly column to Hoje Macau on contemporary Chinese art and culture. Her English language book titles include: Butterfly, a historical crime love story set in the Second World War. Since May 2016 O'yang has been collaborating with Flemish photographer Filip Naudts on an art project, which has resulted in the photo novel The Picture of Dorya Glenn. Julie works from the Netherlands and Denmark.

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