calendar of China events

Exhibitions, Readings, Concerts, Networking events and more.

Find events related to China in and around Zurich in our calendar of events. There's always something going on in Zurich Chinatown.

«Tiny Big World» – Exhibition @ Haus Appenzell
Jan 1 – Apr 28 all-day
«Tiny Big World» - Exhibition @ Haus Appenzell | Zürich | Zürich | Switzerland

«Tiny Big World – Verkäuferlilädeli and Miniatures from West and East»

At the beginning of the nineteenth century, a specialized toy industry developed around Nuremberg, which was mainly concerned with the construction and distribution of children’s toy stores. Pharmacies, spices stores and colonial stores were just as much part of the offer as butcher’s shops or drugstores. The collector Frieda Wick-Willi (1952 – 2016) from Teufen AR has purchased and restored over a hundred of this “toy stores”. In the exhibition season 2017/2018, the Haus Appenzell shows eighty shops from her collection.

The “Hairy Monkeys” or “Maohou” from China – small figures, which are made of magnolia buds and the heads and legs of swamp cicadas – get arranged to everyday scenes of traditional Chinese life. In the exhibition which opens at the 6th of October 2017, the Haus Appenzell shows a selection of over forty contemporary miniatures with “Hairy Monkeys”.

«Wealth, Good Fortune and Longevity – Chinese New Year Prints» – Exhibition @ Museum Rietberg
Feb 17 @ 11:00 – May 6 @ 17:00
«Wealth, Good Fortune and Longevity – Chinese New Year Prints» - Exhibition @ Museum Rietberg | Zürich | Zürich | Switzerland

According to the Chinese lunar calendar, New Year falls on 16 February 2018. In China, it is tradition to rid the house of all misfortune and pray to the gods for their blessing. In this context, popular prints play a significant role. The colourful pictures provide insight into Chinese folk beliefs and reflect the woes and hopes of the general population.

Asia Society Mentor Talks @ JULL/Kaffeehaus zur Weltkugel
May 3 @ 18:00 – 20:15
Asia Society Mentor Talks @ JULL/Kaffeehaus zur Weltkugel | Zürich | Zürich | Switzerland

Asia Society Mentor Talks for students and young professionals.

«How to do Business in China» – Lakeside Talk @ CEIBS
May 3 @ 18:30 – 20:00
«How to do Business in China» - Lakeside Talk @ CEIBS | Horgen | Zürich | Switzerland
Everyone who did business in China confirms that without cultural understanding and adaptation there is no success.
An interesting debate with inputs on cultural differences and practical insights from China experts.
«The Impossibility of Remembering the Past at Nanjing» – Lecture @ Universität Zürich, Asien-Orient-Institut, ZUB 416
May 16 @ 18:15 – 20:00

Nanjing, a city that served as the capital of multiple Chinese dynasties, has experienced repeated cycles of prosperity and conquest. In this talk, Prof. Dr. Yang Zhiyi (J.W. Goethe Universität, Frankfurt a.M.) examines how “meditating on the past” after the Rape of Nanjing became virtually impossible. In particular, the weight of memory at Nanjing was reflected in the classical-style poems by poets in Wang Jingwei’s collaborationist regime, established under the Japanese patronage at Nanjing in 1940. The ways in which Wang and his followers treated this topic become a case study on the complex of cultural memory, political legitimization, and literary representation in occupied China.

«The Other Half of the Sky» – Movie Screening @ Riffraff Kino, Saal 4
May 22 @ 18:30 – 20:30

For their first movie screening, the Asia Society Switzerland will show the captivating documentary:

«The other half of the Sky – Stories of Chinese businesswomen», 2016, in presence of the multiple award-winning director, Patrik Soergel.

In this documentary, Soergel puts the spotlight on careers of female executives in the Chinese business world. From the perspectives of four of the country’s most powerful businesswomen, the movie explores the deep socio-economic transformations taking place in China today.

Street Food Festival 2018 @ Stadionbrache Hardturm
May 24 – Jun 10 all-day
PandaGOsport Family Charity Fun Run 2018 @ Zumikon
May 27 all-day
PandaGOsport Family Charity Fun Run 2018 @ Zumikon

PandaGO Sport was founded in Chengdu, China in 2014 by an international group of sport-loving friends.

Our goal is to encourage families to have fun taking part in sports together, and raise awareness and money for good causes at the same time. Why the panda? Well, we all like to have lazy days when we do nothing except eat lots of our favourite food and sleep, just like the big black and white bears. However, these cuddly giants are highly endangered, and so pandas help remind us all of our responsibility to look after ourselves, our children and the world we live in.

The race in Chengdu will be held on 22 September 2018.

Annual General Meeting – Swiss Chinese Association @ Auditorium Maximum ETH
Jun 9 @ 9:30

After the statutory business, Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard will give a presentation on the topic: “Belt and Road Initiative”. This will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives from business, science and politics chaired by Dr Peter Fischer (Head of the NZZ Economic Editorial Department).

Annual General Meeting 2018 SCCC & SHKBA @ SIX
Jun 14 @ 12:45 – 13:45
Annual General Meeting 2018 SCCC & SHKBA @ SIX | Zürich | Zürich | Switzerland

38th Annual General Meeting of the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (SCCC) and the Swiss-Hong Kong Business Association (SHKBA).

3rd RMB Internationalisation Seminar @ SIX
Jun 14 @ 14:00 – 19:00
3rd RMB Internationalisation Seminar @ SIX | Zürich | Zürich | Switzerland

The Swiss RMB hub is now in its 3rd year of operation.

The SCCC will have a look both at the banking side of the RMB hub and at the commercial use of the RMB in the Swiss economy and in trade between Switzerland and China. RMB internationalisation became a major topic for Switzerland with the establishment of the Zurich Branch of the China Construction Bank (CCB) in 2016, the first Chinese Bank offering commercial and trade finance banking services in Switzerland. CCB has been licensed by the People’s Bank of China to clear RMB into Swiss Francs and vice versa. With ICBC, a second Chinese Bank recently received its Swiss Banking Licence, and rumour has it that more Chinese Banks are to come.

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