A while back I stumbled upon a short Chinese news item about a newly discovered handwritten manuscript of the Kyrgyz Epic of Manas (玛纳斯史诗). This centuries-old trilogy in verse recounts the exploits of the legendary hero Manas, and his son and grandson in their struggle to resist external enemies and unite the Kyrgyz people. Along … Continue reading Jusup Mamay, Manaschi: A Rehabilitated Rightist and his Turkic Epic
A children's literature exhibition and copyright exchange for countries along the Silk Road were two of the major focuses of the just-ended Beijing Int’l Book Fair, reports the Global Times (Book Fair): Children's book publishers from 15 Arab countries and 18 domestic publishers signed deals that will see the best of children's literature from China … Continue reading One Belt, One Road: China’s Soft Power Campaign Quietly Inches its Way to Middle East and North Africa
China's ambitious "One Belt, One Road" campaign (一带一路, OBOR) is a development strategy and framework that seeks to foster connectivity and cooperation between China and the countries along the ancient Silk Road that passed through Central Asia, West Asia, the Middle East and Europe. It also includes the lesser-known Maritime Silk Road. This global initiative … Continue reading One Belt, One Road: China Has the $, but Does it Have the Cross-cultural Expertise?