People’s Republic of Bolzano

by Lorenzo Piccoli

The People’s Republic of Bolzano is a visual journalism website by Matteo Moretti that describes the phenomenon of Chinese immigration into the local community of Bolzano in northern Italy – eg. a few km away from where I was born.


In an interview he gave in April, the author explained that “It wasn’t until Germany paid attention to the project that I got calls from local newspapers in Italy“. It just happened that a journalist from Der Spiegel published an article on this project and this Chinese community. Then “the Italian newspapers republished the story but many times were plagiarizing directly from it. But, in the end, it opened up a debate in the local community about the Chinese population“.

Last week, the project won the Data Journalism Award 2015.