[vc_row][vc_column][mkdf_section_title type=”standard” position=”” title_tag=”” disable_break_words=”no” title=”What’s up in Zurich Chinatown?”][vc_column_text]On the Zurich Chinatown Calendar you can find all the events in and around Zurich that are related to China. Art exhibitions, movie screenings, business events and more. Something missing? Please leave a comment below and we will go check it out.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”42px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

«Der geheimnisvolle Koffer des Herrn Benjamin 班雅明先生的神秘行李箱» – Workshop @ Bibliothek Zug
Nov 16 @ 14:00 – 15:15

To the story “The mysterious suitcase of Mr Benjamin 班雅明先生的神秘行李箱” we organize with the NodSüd publishing house a presentation with a creative workshop on Saturday, 16 November from 14 – 15.15 o’clock. The Illustratorin Pei Yu Chang will lead this bilingual in German and Chinese for families of 3 – 99 years. This will take place in the library Zug (Kollekte).

«雪是誰的? Wem gehört der Schnee?» – Fairytale Concert @ Theater Stadelhofen
Nov 17 @ 14:30
Fairytale concert for families from 3 – 99

14:30 中文 (Chinese)
15:20 Workshop with the illustrator Pei-Yu Chang
16:00 Swiss German

«Architektur in der goldenen Mitte» – Lecture @ Historisches und Völkerkunde-Museum
Nov 19 @ 15:00

Speech by Mulan Sun, MSc Arch ETH SIA / Architecture in the Golden Mean
Today, China is in the midst of a dramatic transformation that has produced retort cities, buildings such as the bird’s nest in Beijing and the skyscrapers in Shanghai. How can we understand today’s architecture in China? Is there a red thread that runs from the beginnings of China to the present day? When we see how today’s architecture reacts to social, ecological and economic aspects in megacities, the question arises as to whether, in addition to looking to the future, learning from the past would also be helpful.
Mulan Sun holds a Master of Science degree in Architecture from ETH Zurich. She is founder and president of the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Architects and Artists (SCAA).


The Quest for Technology Supremacy: Are the U.S. and China Headed for a Great Tech Divide? @ schwarzescafé, Löwenbräukunst, 1st floor
Nov 19 @ 17:00 – 19:30

We are more than a year into the «trade war» between the U.S. and China, and there is little anyone can agree on –except for the fact that this isn’t really about trade anymore (and perhaps never has been). What this is really about is technology.

Take Huawei for example: the Chinese giant recently found itself at peril of losing its U.S.-based suppliers, and is still battling to keep large contracts. The spat shone a spotlight on what some have called an emerging «tech cold war»: If countries have to choose sides when it comes to technology providers, are we heading towards a world that is essentially split in two by tech?

Where do we stand in this global race for technology domination? Is a divide inevitable? And what are the implications for businesses across Switzerland and Europe?

Join the Asia Society Switzerland for a high-level off the record conversation on these issues featuring Jamil Anderlini, Asia Editor at the Financial Times; Dr. Alessandro Curioni, Head IBM Research Europe and Africa; and Dr. Eric Durand, Head Cyber Center of Competence, SwissRe.

The conversation will be moderated by Nico Luchsinger, Co-Executive Director, Asia Society Switzerland; and Martin Naville, CEO, Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce.


17:00 – Doors open
17:30 – Conversation with Jamil Anderlini, Alessandro Curioni and Eric Durand
18:30 – Q&A
19:00 – Apéro
19:30 – End of Event

«Philosophische Hintergründe der chinesischen Weltpolitik» – Lecture @ Hochschule Luzern, Auditorium 1.24 im 1. Stock
Nov 19 @ 19:15
Speech by Professor Dr Ralph Weber University of Basel

The beginnings of the 21st century were marked by the rise of the People’s Republic of China to world power.
Professor Ralph Weber is President of the European Association for Chinese Philosophy and conducts research in the field of comparative and political philosophy.
In his presentation, Prof. Weber will address the question of whether and to what extent China’s international politics can be explained on the basis of the country’s philosophical tradition.


Pípá concert with Táng Huà @ Allgemeine Lesegesellschaft
Nov 22 @ 19:00
«Liang Jianhua | Tanzen aufs Eis» – Exhibition @ ChinaHouse Basel
Nov 23 2019 – Jan 11 2020 all-day

Exhibition: 23.11.2019 – 11.01.2020 | ChinaHouse Basel, Hauptstrasse 120 CH-4450 -Sissach
Opening hours: Di, Mi, Do 10-18h Fr 13-18h Sa 10-16h
Closed: 24.-26./31. 12. 2019 and 01. 01. 2020

Opening: Sa, 23. 11. 2019, 11-13h


Chinese Porcelain Art in Pale Green-Blue Shades – Exhibition @ Ethnographic Museum at the University of Zurich
Nov 24 2019 – Nov 22 2020 all-day
Celadon in Focus

Jade-like porcelains and their masters in Longquan, PR of China


Ever since at least the ninth century, the Chinese province of Zhejiang has been known for its fine celadon porcelain with its wonderful shimmering surfaces in magnificent shades of blue and green. The golden age of Chinese celadon lasted from the eleventh to the fourteenth centuries, when it found its way into the imperial collections and was exported worldwide. This craftsmanship then declined, almost completely died out by the end of the nineteenth century, and was not successfully revived until the 1950s in state-owned factories. A first young generation of ceramists, including some females, have now come of age. Many of them were able to establish private workshops thanks to changes to the market economy in the 1990s. Some of these ceramists have successfully aligned themselves, under the seal of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage and within the Chinese cultural heritage system, as nationally acknowledged masters due to their unparalleled celadon glazes. They are all glaze enthusiasts, always in search of the perfect celadon. The exhibition provides social anthro-pological insights into cultural history, technology and knowledge in the celadon metropolis of Longquan. Furthermore, we present the contours of a frame of reference within which this community of ceramists negotiates the valuation of their celadons today.

Daria Berg: Superstars in der Supermacht China: Eine Schriftstellerin und eine Künstlerin im Spannungsfeld von Staat und Konsumkultur» – Lecture @ Historisches und Völkerkunde-Museum
Nov 26 @ 15:00

Daria Berg: Superstars in the Superpower China: A writer and an artist in the field of tension between state and consumer culture. What role do women play as stars in the culture of the rising superpower China? Who is the most famous bestselling author in contemporary China? Who is the most innovative avant-garde artist? What distinguishes these young women in China today? And what about the system, the state with the claim to superpower under Xi Jinping?

Alibaba – Working for a Global Company with Strong Chinese Roots (Exclusive Event) @ Main Building UZH
Nov 28 @ 17:00
Join this event (organized by the Swiss Chinese Case Study Center and MAS ECBM of UZH)

Date: Thu, 28 November 2019

Time: 17:00 Doors open, 17:30 Keynote Speech, Apéro after the Speech

Place: Main Building UZH, Rämistrasse 71, 8006 Zürich

Application Deadline: Mon, 25 November 2019

The number of seats is limited, early application is recommended.


This is an exclusive event only for:

  • UZH ECBM Student, Coach, Mentor or Alumni
  • UZH EMBA or EMBA Alumni
  • UZH Sinology and Sinology Alumni
  • Université de Genève Études Chinoises
  • FHNW or FHNW Alumni
  • UZH and UZH Alumni
  • ETH and ETH Alumni
Zhang Yimou Leben! – Film Series @ Stadtkino Basel
Dec 1 – Dec 31 all-day
Hommage to Zhang Yimou

He is the most successful representative of the so-called “Fifth Generation” of Chinese cinema, which – grown up during the Cultural Revolution – in the 1980s opened the view to the forgotten film country China.

Check out the screening times on the webpage of the Stadtkino Basel.


Chapter Chinese Studies Movie Night @ Kino Stüssihof
Dec 2 @ 18:00
Movie Night

Like last year, the Chapter Chinese Studies organizes a movie night. To mark the occasion, we are showing the documentary film Yellowing (2016) by Hong Kong director Chan Tze-Woon / 陳梓桓《亂世備忘》

The cinema has 50 seats. First come first serve!

Registration via Doodle:

«State of Asia» – Talk @ Union Bancaire Privée, UBP SA
Dec 3 @ 18:30 – 20:30
End of Year Conversation with Singapore’s Ambassador-at-Large

Ambassador Chan Heng Chee is Asia Society’s Global Co-Chair and Ambassador-at-Large with the Singapore Foreign Ministry. She looks back on a long diplomatic career, amongst others she was Singapore’s longest serving Ambassador to the United States and Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

What does the new world order with the U.S. and China in the midst of a strategic competition on almost all levels look like from a Southeast Asian perspective? What do these shifts mean for middle and small countries all over the world? And how do societies cope with the challenges they face beyond world politics?

In conversation with Esther Girsberger, publicist and former editor-in-chief of Tages-Anzeiger, Ambassador Chan will take stock of the big developments that shaped the year as well as let us take part in her view of what 2020 will bring.



18:00 – Doors open

18:30 – Conversation with Ambassador Chan Heng Chee

19:30 – Q&A

20:00 – Apéro

20:30 – End of event

Architektur in der goldenen Mitte – Moderne Transformation Chinesischer Tradition in der Architektur @ Volkeshaus (Grüner Saal)
Dec 20 @ 18:30

In ancient China architecture did not exist as an independent discipline. Nevertheless, during the 2000 years of history, masterly buildings such as the Forbidden City, the Buddhist pagodas and the Chinese gardens were created. Today, China is in the midst of a dramatic transformation that has produced retort cities, buildings such as the bird’s nest in Beijing and the skyscrapers in Shanghai. How can we understand today’s architecture in China? Is there a red thread that runs from the beginnings of China to the present day? When we see how today’s architecture reacts to social, ecological and economic aspects in megacities, the question arises as to whether, in addition to looking to the future, learning from the past would also be helpful.

Speaker: Mulan Sun, MSc Arch ETH, Owner SML Architecture, President SCAA

Guests of the panel discussion:
Dr. Christian Renfer, Former Historic Preserver of the Canton of Zurich
Dr. Jessica Imbach, Lecturer Asia-Orient Institute, University of Zurich

Moderation: Tian Chiang, MSc Arch ETH, Associate MACH Architecture, SCAA Board of Directors

Language: German
Admission: SCAA members free of charge, non-members CHF 20
RSVP: (required)


Zhang Enli New Paintings – Exhibition @ Hauser & Wirth
Jan 17 – Jan 29 all-day

Hauser & Wirth is delighted to present an exhibition by Zhang Enli titled, ‘New Paintings’, on view from 17 January – 29 February 2020. The presentation will showcase a series of paintings that reflect on the artist’s progression to looser and freer brushwork, expressing his own emotive intuition. While these pieces are explorations of Zhang Enli’s work in abstraction, many are anchored in figuration with descriptive titles.

Zhang Enli emerged onto the art scene in the 1990s when he was most associated with symbolic, figurative paintings. Following this, he embarked on a series of quotidian objects treated sensitively and beautifully – whether containers, wires or hoses – these were imbued with their own personal stories, expressive of people in the associated utilities and desires they represented. From here the artist’s gaze turned to the outside world, urban dwellings and nature, blurring the boundaries between inside and out, as he painted trees and skies in varied colours, playing with weight, transparency and texture.

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  1. Keep up the spirit!

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