This issue of the Berliner Chinahefte/Chinese History and Society deals with cultural exchanges between China and the outside world and with their impact, mostly in terms of questions regarding tradition and modernity.
China is understood more as an area composed of certain cultural elements which may include the Chinese (and Taiwanese) diaspora, where a sense of belonging still exists, and which exerts influence on everyday culture and habits.
Jens Damm is an Associate Fellow at the European Research Centre on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT), Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. His research interests include the new media and the Internet, the Taiwanese and Chinese diasporas, gender studies and China's cultural diplomacy.
Hauke Neddermann is a PhD candidate at the Institute of East Asian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, and a Fellow at the Berlin Institute of Critical Theory. In his research he focusses on the social and discursive history of Chinese youth, Chinese Communism/Marxism, and China's revolutionary era.