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.

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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...

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Interview with Hao Wu, director of ‘People’s Republic of Desire’ and ‘All in my family’

Hao Wu (吴皓, Wu Hao, born 1972) is a Chinese-American film director, producer and writer, director of People’s Republic of Desire, about China’s live-streaming phenomenon (links below) and the documentary ‘All in my family’, a Netflix Original...

The Hungry Ghost Festival in images

The Hungry Ghost Festival (aka Ghost Festival) marks the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar and it is celebrated both by Taoists to Buddhists. According to Chinese folklore, during the festival the restless spirits roam the earth,...

Parkour in China

Parkour freestyle pictures taken in Kunming, Yunnan, China.I took these pictures in 2008 in Kunming.At the time parkour was not very popular among young Chinese.That summer I met Shen Yiliu, a friend of a friend, and we...

China’s Millennials: Interview with Eric Fish

China's Millennials challenges the idea that this generation has been pacified by material comfort and nationalism. Eric is currently working on his next book, dedicated to Chinese students studying in American universities. Interview by Matteo Damiani Official site |  TwitterChina-underground:...

85 images of the Ancient Earthen Castles in Tulou, Fujian

Not far from Xiamen, about four hours by bus, surrounded by Southern Fujian hills, Yongding county hosts many Hakka roundhouses. Tulou and nearby area are a perfect example of this architectural style.Fujian Tulou is a property of 46...

Leader of Marxist students detained in China

Chinese police detained one of the leading Marxist students, on the anniversary of the 125th birthday of the founder of modern China, Mao Zedong. Related articles: 2018, the year of missing persons in China, Chinese marxist students detained...