All posts by Qin Liwen

Chuanr #9: Innovation without Borders — IoT Hardware Innovations in Germany and China

Dear Chuanr and Chuanr’s friends,

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.

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Speaker #9: Hu Sheen Continue reading Chuanr #9: Innovation without Borders — IoT Hardware Innovations in Germany and China

Chuanr #7: The Emperor is Sick — What Chinese Read on Their Mobiles Today

Dear Chuanr and Chuanr’s friends,

Greetings from Kreuzberg!

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.

Formerly managing the China office of Hachette and BIZ of Frankfurt Book Fair, Jing has done remarkable contribution to the internalization of China’s publishing world for more than a decade. She has introduced many Chinese writers to Europe, and vice versa. Her current column on caixin.com (the online publication of Hu Shuli’s Caixin Group) is my favorite: Continue reading Chuanr #7: The Emperor is Sick — What Chinese Read on Their Mobiles Today

Chuanr’s 6th Party: National Security or IT-Protectionism? – Chinas Cyber Security Strategy

Dear Chuanrs and Chuanr’s friends,

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.

For our February party, also our 6th party, we have the pleasure of getting a renowned researcher and practitioner of online journalism as our speaker. Hauke Gierow, seasoned journalist and researcher at Mercator Institute of China Studies (MERICS), will give us a talk about China’s increasingly heavy-handed and versatile cyber security strategy, Continue reading Chuanr’s 6th Party: National Security or IT-Protectionism? – Chinas Cyber Security Strategy

What have Chinese Venture Capitalists invested in 2014?

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.

2014 investments

Cross-cultural communication and injured pride

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.

4th and 5th Party: Welcoming Chinese contemporary art and Asian Tea in Berlin

Dear Chuan’rs and Chuan’r’s friends,

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.

In December we will have two parties, one in Mitte, the other in Charlottenberg. Continue reading 4th and 5th Party: Welcoming Chinese contemporary art and Asian Tea in Berlin

Riesling for Chuan’r’s 3rd Party

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.

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Chuan’r’s 3rd Party: Comparing City Planning in China and Germany

Dear Chuan’rs and Chuan’r’s friends,

Apologies! A short trip to Paris has delayed my announcement for the 3rd party of Chuan’r, which will be the first Chuan’r party with a colorful presentation. Our guest speaker, Cai Wei, will compare the urban planning of China to that of Germany, based on her professional and personal experience. We will hear very interesting stories on how Chinese and German governments build their cities due to their different decision-making processes.

Time: 7:00 pm, 17th November, 2014

Venue: Not-Only-Riesling, Schleiermacherstraße 25 (am Kreuzberger Marheinekeplatz)
**Please be aware that there are two shops of Not Only Riesling. We are hosting it in the Kreuzberg shop. Continue reading Chuan’r’s 3rd Party: Comparing City Planning in China and Germany

Schnitzels for the 2nd Chuan’r Party

Check out the following photos: Chuan’r’s second party with James Doughterty as the guest speaker, talking about his experience of founding and leading Capvision, a Chinese consulting firm expanding globally. A peep into how China’s overseas investment shift its focus, and what are the challenges a Chinese company faces when heading for the world.

The party was brightened by the visit of a group of Chinese media leading figures, including renowned Professor Ying Chan of Hong Kong University,  Lifen Zhang, the Chief Editor of FT Chinese; Yang Ruichun, Deputy Chief Editor of Tencent.com; Yang Zheyu, Director of the Comment and Theory Department of Caixin Group; Tony Li, founder of China 30’s; and Yijun Zhou, former producer of Phoenix TV. The media they work with reach more than 2/3 of China’s population, but you wouldn’t be able to tell from these photos. They were very nicely eating schnitzel for the whole evening… Continue reading Schnitzels for the 2nd Chuan’r Party

22% of China’s GDP growth to be driven by web apps

手机中国

Lots of things have happened during the silent days of Chuan’r blog. Hong Kong’s democratic demonstration was the biggest shock to Chinese government, but not to most Chinese mainlanders due to mainland’s very effective censorship job. Firechat, an application that allows users to connect without internet (when the government shut down the connection) became a new headache for the authority.  But technology can also be used to spy on the protestors, like a newly discovered iOS malware. The competition will go on for a while.

The other hot topic on Chinese social media is why Japan can produce so many Nobel Prize winners Continue reading 22% of China’s GDP growth to be driven by web apps