Happy Women’s Day

  On International Women’s Day, the 8. of March, 2020, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Executive Director Ghada Waly holds the following statement which should be heard by the whole world: “A world where every woman and girl can realize all of her rights was the goal of leaders in Beijing twenty-five years ago, when they signed on to an ambitious declaration and plan of action. A generation later, we have achieved much progress, but discrimination and violence against women and girls are still keeping us from fulfilling the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals: to leave no…


Happy Chinese Lunar New Year 2020

Dear Readers, Happy Chinese Lunar New Year! 2020 is the year of quick-witted Rat, who will bring you joy, luck, health and wealth! There are 12 Chinese zodiac signs in the order of Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Named after an animal, each sign has its own unique characteristics related to the corresponding animal. As the first of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs, Rat enjoys the fame of being quick-witted and fast in action. It was said that before there was Chinese zodiac, the Jade Emperor in the paradise wanted to select…


The Unforgettable Chinese Performance Evening 2020

On the 17. January, 2020, the Chinese community in Austria held a brilliant performance evening at VHS, Längenfeldgasse, 13-15 in Vienna to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year. This has been a yearly tradition for successively 12 years. Organised by the Chinese Women’s Association with its grand dame Ms XIE Feiru, the Huaxing Art Group and the Chinese Overseas’ Student Union, the New Year’s performance evening in Vienna has been offering the audience a variety of programs, including dancing, singing, instrumental works, talk shows, raps and kabarett, etc., highlighting both traditional and modern pieces in China, as well as feathering…


Celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year 2020

To celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, the Chinese community in Austria is holding a yearly special performance evening on 17. January, 2020 in Vienna. This has been a tradition with a fascinating program for 12 years. Organized by the Chinese Women’s Association, the Huaxing Art Group and the Chinese Overseas’ Student Union, the 12th New Year’s performance evening in Vienna will offer the audience a variety of performances, including dancing and singing, highlighting both traditional and modern pieces, in both oriental and western styles. Time: 17. January, 2020 Venue: VHS, Längenfeldgasse, 13-15, 1120, Wien Hotline: 0664 1567278


Prosit 2020!

Happy New Year 2020! In the first light of 2020, let’s celebrate the new year with the words of the UN Secretary- General António Guterres: “From here at the United Nations, I join you in welcoming the New Year. We enter 2020 with uncertainty and insecurity all around. Persistent inequality and rising hatred. A warring world and a warming planet. Climate change is not only a long-term problem but a clear and present danger. We cannot afford to be the generation that fiddled while the planet burned. But there is also hope. This year, my New Year’s message is to…


Stop Distorting the Image of the Chinese Community in Austria

Last weekend, I ran into an article in the Austrian mainstream newspaper “der Standard” entitled “Wien’s verborgenes Chinatown” or “Unter dem Radar: Wiens chinesische Community abseits der Teigtascherlmafia” (its website). It’s indeed a pity that the author of this article held such a distorted view of the Chinese community in Vienna. By citing a few negative cases, he is generalizing the image of the community and misleading the reader to a wrong interpretation of the reality. The majority of the Chinese living in Vienna as well as other parts of Austria has been conforming well to the rules and laws…


From the Village of Men to the Daughter Tree

The simple background of the countryside houses, the crisscrossed muddy paths, the vast endless fields, in between the real yet metaphorical human figures, half in shadow, half exposed in sunlight … India, an ancient and mysterious country, a country not lacking attraction and charm! But it is the country with the most imbalanced birth ratio of men and women in the world: 1000-750. By 2020, 32 million single men in India will not be able to find a wife. How did this situation come into being? The 2019 Rama Rau documentary “The Daughter Tree” draws a shocking but realistic picture….


50 Years of Municipal Science, Book Presentation by Urban Forum

On 12. November, Urban Forum with Bernhard Müller as its president held a book presentation event at the Wirtschaftsmuseum in Vienna, introducing the new book “50 Jahre Kommunalwissenschaft” (50 Years of Municipal Science). The evening enjoyed the presence of quite a number of important participants in the fields of academia, economy, politics and diplomacy. As the publisher, Mr. Müller, ex-mayor of Wiener Neustadt, moderated the event and gave a brief introduction to the book. Topics on public space, health, housing, education and more are by all means essential when talking about municipal science. Gerhard Schmid, a member of Vienna Municipal…


Qianxinan in Guizhou, China‘s World-Class Mountain Sports Destination

A look at the landscape of Qianxinan in Guizhou Province, is indeed breath-taking. Located at south-west China, the region has a variety of most fascinating geographic features. Right now, the world is opening the eyes to the region‘s internationally-oriented sports like hiking, cycling, SUV crossing, skating, rafting and fishing. From the 29th to 30th of October, the 2019 International Mountain Tourism & Outdoor Sports Conference was held in Xingyi, Guizhou Province, an autonomous prefecture where Buyi and Miao minorities live. The conference brought together over 1,200 guests from around 56 countries/regions including Russia, the U.S., the UK, Japan, South Korea…


Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China

  Today, the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China is held at the Tian’anmen Square in Beijing. The magnificent military parade is divided into four major categories: aerial flag bearing units, infantry formations, military hardware and aircraft, according to China Daily. The showcase includes around 15,000 military personnel, 160 aircraft, 580 military hardware, 59 formations and joint military band in total, making it the biggest military parade in recent history. For the 15 infantry formations, troopers march in square formations representing various branches of the military, including researchers, female soldiers, military reserves,…