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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Missing in China: people who disappeared in China in 2018

2018 was another terrible year for human rights in China. Between rehabilitation centers in Xinjiang, an ever more invasive and effective surveillance system, social control, a very heavy censorship, and an intensive propaganda, Xi Jinping's China has become...

The Murder of Pamela Werner: Interview with Graeme Sheppard

A Death in Peking investigates the cold case of the brutal murder of Pamela Werner in 1937 using primary source material un-examined. Born and raised in London, Graeme Sheppard is a retired police officer with thirty years’ service...

Could China’s “Fake Moon” work?

A few days ago the Chinese media (and others) talk about the project of launching a "fake moon" in orbit to illuminate the streets of Chengdu during the night. UPDATE: According to ABC, the project would consist of...

4 Chinese space companies to watch

China is investing hugely in the sector in the private space sector. According to a recent report by Space Angels, China has gone from 0 to 3% of the world market within two years.Related articles: The photographic history...

30+ Horror Movies from Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan to Watch

Chinese folklore, black magic, and ghost stories have always inspired horror films in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, and Japan … Here is a list of the most interesting horror films in our opinion.Beware of some spoilers that lie...

Best video games set in China and Hong Kong

China has provided an exotic and cosmopolitan backdrop to many international games set mostly or entirely in China or Hong Kong. Chinese culture and China is quite a vast tapestry in its history, themes, and ideas. The following...