Long time no see. Apologies for my sudden and long disappearances. Due to some urgent family matters that demanded my full attention and presence, I had to rush back to China in April and stay in my hometown for the past months. Now I have re-settled down in Berlin. It’s time to revive Chuanr upon the end of this turbulent year. I’ve been missing you all, and hope to see you again soon in our coming event.
I’m happy to introduce our next Chuanr guest speaker, who has been an old friend: Jing Bartz, or Wang Jing (as we call her in Chinese), who has been the prominent figure bridging the publishing industries between China and Europe. Many of you might have known her very well.
Have you celebrated the beginning of spring this Wednesday, and eaten Chinese spring roll pancake? (You know, fry a pancake and roll fried eggs, fried bean sprout, fried leek and fried pork inside. Messy food: I never saw anyone eating it without dripping the juice all over his shirt and pants, but very tasty…) Anyway, it’s good to finally have the spring here, at least nominally.
And again, our friends of “I Like Visuals” have done their magic and present us with a beautiful video summarizing the talk of Lu Mei, owner of the Berlin-based “Zhong Gallery”, on December 12th, 2014, at her gallery in Berlin-Mitte.
Our wonderful friends from “I Like Visuals” have produced this little video giving the very essence of Cai Wei’s mid-November 2014 talk at “Not Only Riesling” in Berlin Kreuzberg. Have a look and feel how much fun it is to be part of the Chuan’r community…!
Chinese venture capitalists have made 1756 investments of over a hundred billion yuan from January to late November 2014, according to a report by 199it.com.
As seen from the chart below, mobile internet startups took the biggest chunk of investment, followed by e-commerce and gaming. After them, financial service, industry service, education and training, and so on.
The spokesperson of a Chinese incubator told me a story that kept him away from Germany for the past years: 2 years ago he accompanied a famous Chinese artist, Chen Danqing to Berlin. The trip was sponsored by National Geography magazine. A tourism office in Berlin was the partner of this program and arranged a crowded schedule for the artist. When the artist refused to follow this schedule and insisted on taking the tour on his own wish, Berlin officials felt offended. They demanded an apology from the organizer of this tour and stopped cooperating with NG since then. “When we did the tour in Istanbul and Moscow, local tourism office had no problem with it at all!” The spokesperson laughed bitterly. Injured pride is the biggest obstacle in cross-cultural communications, it seems.
Time to announce our plan for December. Although I was glad to hear that I should get an award from Kreuzberg district government for bringing people here to discover its charming corners, it is still nice to wander a bit in the city for a change.
The crowdedness of the third party exceeded our expectations. The number of participants doubled that of the second party and we saw many new faces. Each one had interesting stories of his/her own to tell. In the chic and friendly space of Not-Only-Riesling, Chuan’rs enjoyed not only riesling and snacks from our considerate host Katharina, but also Cai Wei’s informed talk with fascinating details from the urban planning in Berlin and China.