About us

Since our knowledge is limited, we are all eager to be instructed by famous men, but the problem is: Which is better–to listen to men with wide knowledge or to experts? The answer seems simple enough: To both. Naturally both are good. But after being instructed many times by both types, I feel we must take what they say with a grain of salt. For those with wide knowledge are usually superficial, while experts are usually wrong.
Lu Xun, 'Famous Men and Famous Sayings,' 1 July 1935 (tr. Yang Xianyi and Gladys Yang)
What a successful China Expert needs, first and foremost, is not so much China expertise as expertise at being an Expert. Does this mean that accidental competence in Chinese affairs could be a liability for a China Expert? Not necessarily–at least not as long as he can hide it as well as his basic ignorance.
Simon Leys, 'The China Experts,' 1981

No expertise comes without constant doubt and a willingness to challenge established truths. Chinoiresie represents our attempt to question some of today’s understandings and certainties about China. It blends the image of a ‘chinoiserie’—a foreign interpretation and imitation of Chinese artistic traditions, a term that over time has come to assume the meaning of a cliché, a stereotypical view of China—with the concept of ‘heresy’—an unorthodox view aimed at challenging a given truth.

Through this website, we will strive to offer our readers those ‘mismatched shards of china’ that we have collected through our personal engagement with this country. Inevitably, the narratives that we carry with us do not necessarily match each other—nor do they match the various narratives promoted by the Chinese authorities or by others who seek to frame and define contemporary China’s dramatic transformation. At Chinoiresie.info we seek to lay bare the challenging processes involved in constructing knowledge about China, with the awareness that (T)truth will remain a mere chimera.

In addition to China-related essays, Chinoiresie is home to Made in China: A Quarterly on Chinese Labour, Civil Society, and Rights and the Litte Red Podcast.

We welcome any feedback and proposals for possible contributions to the various components of this project. To reach us, you can fill the form on our Contact page.

Chief Editors


Ivan Franceschini

Marie Curie Fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World, the Australian National University, and at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. His research focuses on Chinese labour and civil society.


Nicholas Loubere

Associate Senior Lecturer in the Study of Modern China at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University. His research examines socio-economic development in rural China, with a particular focus on microcredit and the rural financial system.

Editorial Team


Tommaso Facchin

Documentary filmmaker. His work focuses on identity and consciouness in migrant communities both inside and outside China. He is the designer and webmaster of Chinoiresie.


Ting Guo

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center on Religion and Chinese Society, Purdue University. Trained in Anthropology and Religious Studies, she is interested in the broad constitution and critical theories of religion, as well as the intersections of religion and art, food, and politics.


Louisa Lim

Award-winning journalist and the author of The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited (Oxford University Press, 2014). She reported from China for a decade for the BBC and NPR, and now works as a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne.


Kevin Lin

China Program Officer at the International Labor Rights Forum. His research interests focus on labour and employment relations in China’s state sector, and China’s labour movement and civil society.


Gianluigi Negro

Postdoctoral Researcher at the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the Università  della Svizzera Italiana (USI). His research focuses on the regulation and governance of the Chinese Internet, as well as on web 2.0 platforms in China.


Andrea Enrico Pia

Fellow in the Anthropology of China at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His work circles around the study of past, present and future human projects for the natural environment in a time of capitalism-induced ruination and explores issues of water scarcity and distribution in East and South-east Asia.


Graeme Smith

Co-host of The Little Red Podcast and Research Fellow at the Department of Pacifi Affairs, the Australian National University. His research focuses on the politics of rural China and China’s footprint in the Asia Pacific, particularly Papua New Guinea and Myanmar.


Christian Sorace

Assistant Professor of Political Science at Colorado College. His research focuses on the ideology, discourse, and political concepts of the Chinese Communist Party and how they shape policies, strategies, and governance habits.


Shuge Wei

Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Culture, History and Language, the Australian National University. Her research interests include China’s foreign propaganda policy, the English-language treaty-port press, public diplomacy during the Sino-Japanese conflict, international relations in the Asia-Pacific region during the interwar period, and the development of the media in contemporary China.


This website and Made in China: A Quarterly on Chinese Labour, Civil Society, and Rights are open-access materials published under a Creative Commons 4.0 Unported License. We encourage the widespread circulation of the material published on this website. While all content may be used and copied, we request that you credit Chinoiresie and/or Made in China and provide a link to: www.chinoiresie.info. We occasionally publish images and materials from other websites; if you are a rights owner and object to our use of your image or material, please let us know via our Contact Page. The Creative Commons license only applies to original material from Chinoiresie/Made in China and does not cover material that we have cross-posted from other sources with their permission. For republishing, please contact the original source of the article. For use for commercial purposes, please contact the editors.


This project has been produced with the financial assistance of the Australian Centre on China in the World, Australian National University, and the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 654852. The views expressed are those of the individual authors and do not represent the views of the European Union, the Australian Centre on China in the World, or the institutions to which the authors are affiliated.