Pakhuis de Zwijger Meet Chinese Global Citizens

Transnational Amsterdam: Meet Chinese Global Citizens at Pakhuis de Zwijger

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Pakhuis de Zwijger presented Transnational Amsterdam: Meet the Global Citizen, Amsterdam Chinese Community on 12 February 2020. Miki shared the stage with a few other China (-rooted) experts. VPRO documentary maker, photographer and journalist Ruben Terlou was interviewed about his documentary in-the-making. Chinese & Dutch author Yue Tao, Dutch Chinese designer Alice Wong and Founder Pan Asian Collective Hui-hui Pan shared their stories.

Chinese, Dutch, Chinese Dutch, Dutch Chinese and international audience accompanied the evening on-site as well as live-streaming. A diverse Chinese community usually invisible exists in the global village, Amsterdam. Our course and motivations of settling down in this city are often different from the previous generation Chinese immigrants. During the evening, our personal dreams, passions and struggles came on board.


Featured guests:

  • Yue Tao (Editor, Journalist & Author)
  • Ruben Terlou (Journalist, Documentary Maker, Photographer)
  • Wing Yin Man (Founder 3310 School for Millennials, Civil Engineer)
  • Miki Dai (Founder Floating Feather, Sino-Dutch cultural and business entrepreneur)
  • Liao Chi Yi (Architect MVRDV)
  • Alice Wong (Information Designer, Storyteller)
  • Lei Ma (Helan Online and Radio Netherlands Worldwide)
  • Hui-hui Pan (Founder Pan Asian Collective)
  • Laiying Wang (Moderator, Owner Asian Spoon)

Pakhuis de Zwijger’s website wrote:

“Hopes and dreams of a new Chinese generation in The Netherlands. So-called Chinese Global Citizens, arriving in the Netherlands in the late ‘90s and 2000s, follow a path very different from generations of Chinese migrants that preceded them. Recent migrants include students, engineers, designers, lawyers and so forth. Their reasons for moving half the globe differ from searching more artistic, sexual or political freedom, to chasing less social pressure or escaping the 9x9x6 culture. All in all, most are in search of more or better opportunities. The community of Chinese Global Citizens is extremely diverse and varies in lifestyle to a great extend. Still, they are even less visible than the ‘bananengeneratie’. So, why do they stay?”


Photo Credit: Pakhuis de Zwijger
Photo Credit: Luo-xin Luo

What do you think about the evening? What would you like to share with us?