Matteo Damiani

Matteo Damiani is an Italian sinologist, photographer, author and motion designer. Matteo lived and worked for ten years in China. Founder of CinaOggi.it and China-underground.com.

Recent articles

To understand is difficult; to act is easy. Sun Yat-sen

Meaning: It's important to think and try to understand before acting. Origin: "Dr. Sun Yat-sen, father of the Chinese Republic, realised the detrimental effects of...

Whoever criticizes others must have something to replace them. Mozi

Origin: Mozi, Book 4; Universal Love III Meaning: Criticism without constructivism is pointless. 非人者必有以易之,若非人而無以易之,譬之猶以水救火也,其說將必無可焉。Whoever criticizes others must have something to replace them. Criticism without suggestion is like...

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. Laozi

Origin: The quotation is from Chapter 64 of the Tao Te Ching ascribed to Laozi. Meaning: even the longest and most difficult ventures have a...

A frog in a well cannot conceive of the ocean. Zhuangzi

Meaning: of a person who has limited outlook and life experience. From Zhuangzi. 莊子/秋水 Zhuang Zhou (commonly known as Zhuangzi, 庄子, literally "Master Zhuang"), was...

Review of Vortex directed by Jacky Gan

Vortex is a Chinese action crime drama thriller where during a kidnapping gone awry, money and morals play a crucial role. Read the Review of...

“To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous.” Confucius

Origin of the quote: Chapter II, Analects, an ancient Chinese book composed of a collection of sayings and ideas attributed to the Chinese philosopher...

Articles by this author

Capturing China in Nineteenth-century: the Photography of Isabella L. Bird

Isabella L. Bird (1831- 1904) was a writer, photographer, and one of the most well-traveled of English explorers in the 19th century. Related: The best old photos of China , amazing old maps of China, eunuchs of Imperial...

Interview with Badiucao, political cartoonist, and rights activist

Badiucao (巴 丢 草) is an appreciated Chinese political artist and rights activist.The name Badiucao was adopted to protect his real identity. Badiucao uses satire and pop culture references as tools...

Interview with Michael Pettis: MAYBE MARS

MICHAEL PETTIS is professor of economics at Peking University and the founder of Maybe Mars, an independent music label started in the summer of 2007 to promote and support talented young Chinese musicians and artists. He has been...

Interview with Margaret Sun: Betwixt & Between

The autobiography of MARGARET SUN traces intertwining personal events and epochal historical events, the recent history of China, from Shanghai before the Japanese invasion, to the Xinjiang of our day, passing through the civil war, the liberation...

Interview with Wang Wen

Wang Wen, 惘闻, is a Chinese Post Rock band from Dalian in the North of China and they have been around since 1999. Wang Wen released ten full long albums so far for various Chinese and International indie...

Interview with Man-kei Tam, director of Amnesty International Hong Kong: what will happen next in Hong Kong?

We interviewed Dr. Mankei Tam (MK), director of Amnesty International Hong Kong about the recent protests against the extradition bill in China: what are the requests of the protestors, what are the political consequences of the demonstrations,...