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Opening Ceremony of Chuan’r Club

开业大吉Chuan’r Club, a Europe-China community of professionals from media, culture, high-tech, IT and creative industry, is going to be launched. The opening ceremony will be held in Shakespeare and Sons, an independent English bookstore in Berlin’s vibrant Friedrichshain district (Warschauer Straße 74, 10243 Berlin) at 8:00pm on 19th September, 2014. Chuan’r committee members will briefly introduce themselves and their work.

Pallavi Aiyar, renowned Indian journalist and writer, author of “Smoke and Mirror”, “China Whiskers” and “Punjabi Parmesan: Dispatches from a Europe in Crisis”, will be the first guest speaker of Chuan’r.

She will talk about her 5 years experience as a western-educated journalist in China, and how her perspectives on China change over the years as she moved from Europe to China, back to Europe and then to South East Asia.

A cocktail party will follow the talk for participants to communicate with each other and enjoy themselves. With every entrance ticket you can get a free drink. Tickets can be bought at the entrance with cash or online.

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B2B: from Beijing to Berlin


Berlin is the rising center of prosperity and creativity in Europe, say many. Some are cynical about this prophecy. Not me. 20 years ago I heard similar things about Beijing, and Beijing did become one of the most exciting places in the world to seek wealth, creativity and adventures, at least for 2 decades or so. Berlin has a much more sustainable prospect: a social democratic tradition to hold Gini coefficient from rocketing, and many green-minded citizens to prevent the Beijing-style pollution.

My “B2B” move — from Beijing to Berlin – happened about 2 years ago, but my love affair with Berlin started much earlier, when I visited Europe for the first time in 2003. Over the years, not only the young, intelligent and ambitious creative class flushes into cool Berlin, traditional industries are also looking for inspiration here. Despite obvious differences, many things here look very similar to those in Beijing: vibrant and colorful trees of the future growing on top of the heavy weight of history and complicated challenges of the present.

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