Looking China (Kan Zhongguo) is a programme for international students hosted by the Academy for International Communication of Chinese Culture and Beijing Normal University. This prestigious course sponsors overseas students from around 20 countries to spend a fortnight in one of several locations in China.
Students produce 10-minute video documentaries of their experiences, on a wide range of subjects. Videos aired at the 2015 Looking China screening at Beijing Normal University included ‘More Vivid than a Sculpture’, ‘Chopsticks: a visual portrait of Qingdao’, ‘A bowl of Lanzhou beef noodle’ and ‘The changing face of Sichuan Opera’.
During the 2015 China Britain Cultural Dialogue, Oxford Prospects Programmes signed a partnership agreement to act as the UK base for the project. Under the agreement, OPP is responsible for publicising the project among UK university students, and for the administration and processing of applications.
The first group of 10 students selected under this scheme, representing six UK universities, visited Guizhou, China in July 2016.
Oxford Prospects will host a screening event each year after the Looking China event to help students to promo their film and also share their experience in China.