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Since 2002 we are curating China-underground (and without any corporate support, investment or funds. Our main goal is to highlight the most interesting aspects of Chinese culture, with a particular focus on Chinese history, art, photography, and trends.

The sites include thousands of articles and essays structured in several sections: Art, Photography, History, Trends, News, Books, Chinese Cinema.

We organize cultural events such as the BigScreen Asia Festival (guests: Jia Zhangke, Wang Xiaoshuai, Wang Yao, Yan Yan Mak, Tujiko Noriko, Mono, and many many other), we produce magazines (Cina Magazine – Italy; Chine Magazine – France), videos and documentaries (Beijing Overload; South of Clouds), photo reportages (China Suburbia, City erasers, Xiamen, the Kingdom of the Little People, etc.), travel guides. All of this material and events are/were FREE (except for the first 5 numbers of Cina Magazine).

We collaborate with Universities, International, and Chinese organizations, art galleries, publishers, in order to produce high-quality content.

If you like our work, please visit our campaign page on Patreon and make a pledge of any amount that will help us to focus on China culture.

What does China-underground need funding for?

We need funds to pay the ongoing technical expenses and to travel in China in order to produce beautiful photo reports and amazing stories! We also invest our funding in improving and expanding our content.

Travel expenses to China – Traveling in and to China is expensive. We need a financial support to cover the travel expenses (plane tickets, train tickets, visas, food, accommodation) for at least two travel in China per year of the duration of 2 months each. During this time we collect tons of amazing material, discovering unknown places, shooting videos, making interviews with artists, directors, academics and with ordinary people. Our first travel will be Xinjiang/Qinghai.

Translations – We can speech Chinese, but sometimes we need to translate many pages or we interview people who speak other Chinese dialects. For this reason, from time to time, we need the help of professional translators.

Hosting – We need to maintain a server robust enough to support highest spikes in traffic so it doesn’t crash during this moments.

MailChimp – The service we use to email posts out to the subscription list. This fee grows as the email list grows.

Ongoing web development – We have limited programming skills, so if the sites have some glitches, we need to pay someone for this.

Equipment – We do a lot of things. We shoot videos, we take pictures, we write and translate articles, we make interviews. Every couple of years we need to partially renovate our equipment, as we need to improve the resolution of the video material or we need to buy a new lens or a particular film.

Our minimal needs …

Remember, Patreon charges on a per month cycle.

Stretch Goal

The stretch goal will allow us to take China-underground/CinaOggi to the next level, enabling us to do things like:

More travel to China (this means more videos, pictures, interviews, translations, exclusive material)

What else can I do to help China-underground?

We need all the help we can get: please spread the word and encourage others to share our content and to make a pledge of any amount.

Thank you again!

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