The rise of China as a world power


Nexus conference 20Former admiral William Fallon of US and professor Zhang Weiwei @Nexus conference 201717

Former admiral William Fallon of US and professor Zhang Weiwei @Nexus conference 2017

The Nexus conference brought together diplomats, politicians and intellectuals from around the world to talk about the world of power. One of the panellists was Zhang Weiwei, professor international relations and  director of the China Institute at the Fudan University in Shanghai.

Professor Zhang is a board member at China’s National Think Tanks Council. In the mid-1980’s, he worked as senior English interpreter for Deng Xiaoping and many other Chinese political leaders. Zhang wrote the award-winning trilogy about the rise of China as a world power: The China Ripple (2008), The China Wave (2012) and The China Horizon (2016).

Why do so many Chinese in the West would like to stay? How will the world develop (westernization/easternization or multipolar/convergence)? How would China improve the world as a world power? Listen to CRTV‘s interview with professor Zhang Weiwei.

Professor Zhang Weiwei (middle), Miki Dai (photos, left) and Hong Tong Wu (text and interview, right)

Professor Zhang Weiwei (middle), Miki Dai (photos, left) and Hong Tong Wu (text and interview, right)

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Crazy Rich Asians


Trilogy Crazy Rich Asians

(Interview by Hong Tong Wu, Text by Miki Dai)

Since this year, the number of billionaires in Asia are larger than in the United States. Everywhere, we see more and more rich Asians in the shopping streets.

Kevin Kwan wrote a trilogy of novels about the new Asian riches. His first two books, “Crazy Rich Asians” in 2013 and “China Rich Girlfriend” in 2015 became New York Times-bestsellers. “Crazy Rich Asians” will be released as movie next year. It is the first Hollywood romantic comedy featuring an all-Asian cast starring among others Constance Wu and Michelle Yeoh.

Crazy rich asians movie

Kevin promoted his newest book “Rich People Problems” on his World Book Tour at Lloyd Hotel hosted by American Book Center in Amsterdam yesterday evening. Who are the new Asian riches? How are Asians represented in the media? What are the roles of stereotypes? Listen to CRTV’s interview with novelist Kevin Kwan!

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Who is Eason Chan 陳奕迅?


Eason 1(Photo’s @ Kenny Nagelkerke)

Yesterday evening, Hong Kong singer Eason Chan started his European tour in sold-out Melkweg in Amsterdam. In the coming two weeks, he will give concerts in Berlin, Paris, London and Manchester to launch his first Mandarin album “Eason says C’mon In~”. This is Eason’s first album promotion tour. Who is Eason Chan? How does he manage his life in the hectic entertainment world? Why did he make this album? Get to know Eason, listen to CRTV’s interview in Cantonese with apologies for the low sound level!

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Holland Baroque & Wu Wei


Wu Wei

Holland Baroque likes to share the stage with playful, inspiring musicians. Composer and
improviser Wu Wei is such a musician.

Wu Wei can do everything with the sheng. This Chinese mouth organ that represents
three thousand years of Chinese music culture is a miracle of harmony, melody and
rhythmic possibilities.

What would have happened if this wonderful instrument had found its way through the
Silk Road to Venice, or to the remote places Telemann visited during his travels through
Central Europe? What stories would Vivaldi or Telemann have told with it?

Holland Baroque and Wu Wei connect the beautiful sheng sound with baroque music and
show that old traditions and exotic instruments can produce new stories.

Old music does not exist. The music is only finished when you play it. We are looking
forward to meet with this unique sound virtuoso.

Purcell, Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, Wu Wei
Sat 18 Nov – ‘s-Hertogenbosch , Muziekcentrum De Toonzaal
Sun 19 Nov – Zeist, Slot Zeist
Wed 22 Nov – Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg
Thu 23 Nov – Leiden, Stadsgehoorzaal,
Fri 24 Nov – Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ

Made in China: A unique view of Chinese art during Qing dynasty


@Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou

@Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou

From 23 September 2017, MOA | Museum Oud Amelisweerd is presenting the exhibition Made in China – Armando & masterpieces of the Qing dynasty. In a year when many museums are focusing on China, Made in China is distinguished by its focus on classical Chinese painting and calligraphy and a very diverse selection of export art. Also represented in the exhibition is Armando, whose work displays a surprising number of similarities to Chinese art of the eighteenth century.

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