Category Archives: Culture

Leveraging Heritage – China’s Role Within and Across the World By Archana Jayaraman

CAS article no. 0003/2017 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies (C3S)  There has been a lot of discussion about China’s ‘Soft Power Push’[1]. From culture, political values, innovation to education, China has been seen as reshaping its image to emerge as a power center in the region and steadily crawling outwards at the same time. Culture, specifically, has seen a major boost under President Xi Jinping’s leadership. At a session… Read Article →

Because They Too, Are Worth It: Gender Issues Among Rohingya Women; By Asma Masood

CAS article no. 0135/2016 Courtesy: Red Elephant Foundation This article has been published by Red Elephant Foundation (an Initiative for Peace and Gender Equality through Storytelling) to mark the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (August 9).  “In societies where men are truly confident of their own worth, women are not merely tolerated but valued.” ― Aung San Suu Kyi (From a speech read on video on August 31, 1995… Read Article →

India and China Moving Towards Becoming Chindia; By Jai Kumar Verma

CAS article no. 0087/2016 Courtesy: Aviation and Defence Universe  From conflict to cooperation, the concept of Chindia seems to be the new mantra in the Sino-Indian relationship today. When leaders of India & China meet they represent more than one third world population, two fastest growing economies, having biggest militaries and leading consumers of energy, consequently their relations cordial or hostile effect not only the region but the whole world…. Read Article →

Impressions of an Indian woman in China; By Asma Masood

CAS article no. 0071/2016 Courtesy: Institute of Chinese Studies Blog  Asma Masood, Research Officer, Chennai Centre for China Studies, was part of an all India think tank delegation to visit China from 21-29 April 2016. “Don’t worry,” an Indian lady friend from Shanghai advised before my China visit. “This is Ram Rajya. You will be safe.” These words were reassuring, but I felt a smidgen of doubt. After all, living in… Read Article →

China: The Interconnection between Tradition and the Thinking of Leaders in Modern Era; By D. S. Rajan

CAS article no. 0052/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies Tradition has been and will continue to be a key factor influencing the policy making process being undertaken in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Students of history cannot miss that due to China’s long and continuous civilization, there always exists a strong interconnection between the country’s conceptual thinking in the modern era and its ancient precedents; needless to say… Read Article →

Vietnamese Diplomacy, 1975-2015: From Member of the Socialist Camp to Proactive International Integration; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no:  0004/2016 Courtesy: Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 1(3), 2015. 194-214. Introduction This paper presents a broad overview of the evolution of Vietnamese diplomacy from national reunification in 1975 to the present. This forty-year timeframe is sub-divided into three parts. The first part studies Vietnam’s shift from a member of the socialist community led by the Soviet Union to a member of the international community from 1975-91. This… Read Article →

Vietnam’s Transition: Old to The New; By Shastri Ramachandaran

CAS article no:  0013/2015 Courtesy: The Citizen Senior Journalist Shastri Ramachandaran was recently in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.  Transitions are easy to recognise, difficult to define and describe. Vietnam’s transition is no different: easily experienced by the visitor but hard to express adequately in words. New Vietnam is most visible at the historical sites of Old Vietnam, such as the Ho Chi Minh complex in Hanoi and the Cu Chi… Read Article →