The EU supports the EU-China Forum on Cultural Misunderstandings, including this digital platform. The Forum is an initiative led by the EU Delegation in China with the objective of contributing to fill the existing perceptual gap on key concepts between Europe and China and constitute a formal corpus of major conceptual misunderstandings in the EU-China relations through the design of a methodical guide to handle and solve these misunderstandings.
The EU-China Partnership Facility (ECPF) is a project commissioned by the EU. Its aim is to reinforce EU-China cooperation on a wide range of issues of global relevance and encourage greater convergence between the EU and China on priority matters, while increasing awareness of EU policies in China. ECPF supports the Forum with financial management, contracting and logistical tasks.
The Steering Committee
The Steering Committee is tasked by the ECPF to develop the overall strategy and methodology of the Forum and to follow up on its implementation. It consists of four members: Dr. Huang Ping and Professor Zhao TingYang, leading members of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) as well as Dr. Alain Le Pichon, a French anthropologist and co-founder of Transcultura and Professor Tinka Reichmann, professor for translation science at the University of Leipzig. Other tasks of the Steering Committee include the selection of keywords for EU-China Dictionary of Misunderstandings, the selection and guidance of authors and setting agendas and objectives for the events.
The international institute Transcultura was created by Umberto Eco and Alain le Pichon in 1988 on the occasion of the 900th anniversary of the University of Bologna. A French association recognised as being of public utility, Transcultura’s mission is to promote reciprocal anthropology in order to renew the conceptual field of human sciences, which is still limited by the context of Western cultures. Transcultura is thus at the origin of the project of a ‘Dictionary of Misunderstandings’ between China and Europe.
Cent Mille Milliards
Cent Mille Milliards publishes about ten titles a year in all fields, from fiction (novels, stories, etc.) to essays (politics, business, society, etc.). A publisher of its time, Cent Mille Milliards relies on new technologies to bring content to its audiences. Books are printed on demand and delivery is made within 48 hours by Hachette Livre Distribution. This is the best way to meet the challenges of the early 21st century and an essential asset for environmental protection by reducing the carbon footprint. Cent Mille Milliards has been mandated by the ECPF to host this platform in order to facilitate exchanges between the authors for the Forum.