Enjoying Chinese Cuisine in Mandarin Paradis in Stockholm

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Feb. 20(Greenpost) – Mandarin Paradis Restaurant sits nearby with a walk of less than 20 minutes. Due to my summer job as an interpretor, I sometimes went to Mandarin Paradis with my customers. It tastes good! Thus, I like to have a visit now.

DSC_8178On a recent sunny day, I came over to Mandarin Paradis Restaurant. With the yellow words on red board, it was easy to recognize that it is a Chinese Restaurant.

DSC_8163As we entered the room, one can easily see the clean marble table with the reflection of flowers and apartments from outside.

DSC_8122Heng Yun Mei Shi or Mandarin Paradis Chinese Cuisine made of golden coating is written on the wall with a small happiness tie hanging in the middle.

DSC_8158However, on the other side of the wall, there are western sculptures and art works coexisting.


It is like on this table, a Chinese and a Swedish sit by the same table happily.


Mandarin Paradis is easy to recognize in this Swedish densely populated area. According to my understanding, Swedish city planning didn’t allow any restaurant to show more than the other but will all the businesses or restaurants compete fairly and have a harmonious city environment. However, something red and yellow is easily seen as a Chinese flavour.


Zhou Minwei has lived in Sweden for 17 years and during this period of time he has opened three restaurants with one being managed by his wife and the other now by his sister. How can you keep your customers? In other words, what is your secret to make the best restaurant?


“Our goal is not to make the best restaurant, but we shall make our best to manage our restaurant. We don’t make advertisement, but put the money into providing the best food we can.


When the customer is satisfied, he will tell his friend and they will come here again. ”


He said most customers are Swedish. Chinese customers only come in summer for a short period.


“Most time, we have Swedish customers, otherwise, we can’t go on. But the Swedish cannot eat Chinese food all the time. It is the same as our Chinese cannot eat western food all the time. Therefore, we provide both western food and Chinese food. We have professional western cook. With both Chinese and Swedish food, we can meet the demand from our customers.”


But in the evening, there will be typical Chinese food. People can order any dish they like, while for lunch it is buffet.

DSC_8128This is a good starter with black svamp and green saker. Black svamp is a good dish that cleans the intestent and stomach.

Zhou Weimin was born in Qingtian, Zhejiang Province, East China. He grew up in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province. After he graduated from college, he learnt to be a cook while working at normal time. He can cook Hangzhou cuisine which is famous in China.

DSC_8131 Dongpo Pork he cooked is an excellent dish. He often cuts it in an inch cubic form with meagre meat a little more than fatty meat. He imports these kind of pork from Germany. Swedish pork is a little bit fattier. He often stews the pork for four hours with small fire so that the fat is almost all coming out. Thus the pork he made is very delicious to taste and not of much fat.


This is fried green beans which is neither too salty nor lack of salt, just lagom.


This is fried prawn which is very crispy and can be eaten with the shells. One can gain calcium from it.


This is fish cooked with sour cabbage. This tastes a little different from the one cooked in northern China, it is Hangzhou taste, Sweet sour, lagom salt, lagom taste!


Biff stewed with all kinds of ingredients was cooled and then cut into pieces. Dim it with soy sauce, taste good but not fat.

These dishes look very much like typical home made dishes. When man taste them, they are typical Hangzhou cuisine. Without purposely appealing to Swedish taste, Zhou Minwei provides typical Chinese dishes. Swedish doesn’t need to fly to China to taste typical Chinese food, they can taste it here.


“I think the best is to be honest and down to earth. In fact, Swedish people are also very diligent and sometimes, I feel my neighbour works even harder and longer time than me. We provide good Chinese dishes to them so that they can taste them themselves, gradually, they will be interested in Chinese cuisine and culture. This is also a sense of relief for ourselves. No matter where we go, we keep our Chinese traditional cuisine and culture. Good traditions from our ancestor should not be forgotten. Otherwise, no matter how much money you earn, it will not be considered successful!” said Zhou Minwei.


Of Course, we should adapt to Swedish culture and society too, Zhou said proudly. “I have a capable and kind hearted wife and a daughter and a son. I have always encouraged my children to study Swedish culture and melt in Swedish society. Meanwhile, they should not forget their homeland and have a Chinese heart. ”


Born in the 1960 talet, Zhou felt he belonged to the lucky generation seeing opening up of China and the great changes taking place in China. China’s living standards are improving day by day. On the other hand, he said we also belong to the generation which is a little bit proud and satisfied with their life may be because our childhood was too poor but we had a lot of free playing time and space, thus, we feel happy as long as we made some progress. We are not too ambitious, we are used to simple life, we like to be with the nature and are willing to keep good Chinese tradition.

















作者    韦元龙  (布依族)






想你   静静地想你




















月圆    是我们的爱恋

月缺    是我们的思念



散文:中国煤都遐想 ——— 萍水相逢意境抒怀

董雪昌     (文 /  图)


webwxgetmsgimg-1  江西萍水河由西向东围绕着萍乡这座有名而又美丽的城市缓缓地流淌。她之所以有名就是因为早在一百多年前这里的地下 埋藏着丰富的煤矿资源,这里就有一座由英国人开发的安源煤矿;她之所以有名就是因为中国早期共产党人毛泽东刘少奇李立三曾经先后来到安源煤矿给工人办夜校办工会,鼓动他们起来和矿主进行斗争;她之所以有名是因为毛泽东在这里组织了以萍矿工人为主的著名的秋收起义并带领他们走上了井冈山,创造了中国第一支工农红军,创建了第一个中国革命根据地,由弱变强,由小变大,最后夺取了全国胜利,建立了新中国。


北欧中华网北欧绿色邮报网联合报道(记者陈雪霏)– 欢乐春节,金鸡报春,茅台送福,在农历鸡年正月的2017年2月17日,中国茅台酒北欧品鉴会在斯德哥尔摩庄重举行,标志着国酒茅台正式进军瑞典。





















瑞典说到做到,不但在外援方面鼓励女权主义,而且在国内也是表里如一。这不,在柏林电影节期间,买回电影《一个好女人》(A Fantastic Woman), 和《一个女人的命运》(A Woman’s Life)。



Edge brings home ‘A Fantastic Woman’ from Berlin

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Feb. 16(Greenpost)–Sweden absolutely matches the feminist foreign policy, even inside Sweden.  As the European Film Market (EFM) winds down, Edge Entertainment has brought back three films focusing on women.

“Edge Entertainment proudly presents the acquisition of highly praised Berlin competition entry A Fantastic Woman by Sebastián Leilo. Edge has also secured the rights to Pablo Larrain’s Neruda and A Woman’s Life by Stéphane Brizé”, says it in a press release.

A Fantastic Woman world premiered in Berlin to great acclaim and has been one of the most talked-about films during the festival. It centers on the life of Marina, coping with the loss of her partner Orlando. The film is directed by Sebastián Leilo (Gloria) and produced by Pablo Larrain (Jackie) and participated in the main competition section at the Berlin International Film Festival. The film was among the best selling titles during EFM and was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics for USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Neruda is the latest film by director Pablo Larraín and premiered in Cannes. The film follows the Chilean senator and poet Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) who in 1948 is forced into hiding after criticizing the Chilean government for betraying the Communist Party. Neruda won the Best Picture Award at the Fenix Ibero-American Film Awards and was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in January 2017. It has also received four awards at the Chilean Film Awards, including Best Film, and is the Chilean entry for the Academy Awards.

A Woman’s Life, directed by Stéphane Brizé (Measure of a Man), is an adaptation of Guy De Maupassant’s classic novel about young Jeanne’s (Judith Chemla) marriage to her unfaithful husband (Jean-Pierre Darroussin). A Woman’s Life premiered at the Venice Film Festival where it received the FIPRESCI Award for best film. The film also received the Louis Delluc-Prize, awarded to the best French feature, and is nominated for two César Awards, including Best Actress (Chemla).

“We are proud to add three excellent titles to our line up.  They are all unique and spectacular and represent the very best of current arthouse cinema. We look forward to present them to audiences throughout the Nordic and Baltic markets.” says Ignas Scheynius, Chairman of the Board, Edge Entertainment.

Edge Entertainment acquired A Fantastic Woman from Funny Balloons and holds the rights for Scandinavia, Iceland and the Baltics. It is expected to premiere in the region 2017/2018. Neruda was also acquired from Funny Balloons and Edge holds the rights for Sweden and Iceland as well as Scandinavian Pay TV rights. A Woman’s Life was acquired for Scandinavia, Iceland and the Baltics from MK2. Both films are expected to premiere in the region in the fall of 2017.









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《忆秦娥 · 故乡水》



荷兰 张卓辉 (文/图)



《卜算子 · 咏春》




(1)白鹅潭 著名羊城八景之一

(2)白天鹅宾馆 改革开放初期,由全国政协副主席 、著名香港地产商 霍英东先生投(独)资兴建在广州沙面珠江湾头。建馆十年后,它和全国当时引进外(港)资兴建的十间大型豪华酒店中于广州的二间酒店即广州中国大酒店、广州花园酒店一样回归国家企业。

(3)咏春 岭南武术拳种之一。


Wallström speaks of statement of Foreign Policy 2017

Stockholm, Feb. 15(Greenpost)–Swedish Foreign Minister Wallström on Wednesday spoke of Statement of Foreign Policy 2017. The following is the full text:

Mr/Madam Speaker, Honourable Members, Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, Ladies and Gentlemen, Sweden and the world are experiencing a paradoxical time of rapid and significant change. Ten years ago, the number of displaced people was half of today’s 65 million. Syria was a tourist destination. Russia had not attempted to change the borders of Georgia and Ukraine by force. China’s economy was a quarter of the size it is today. Brexit was an unknown term. There were no tweets from the President of the United States because Twitter had only just been created. Rapid global change can spread liquid fear – and at the same time lay the foundation for crucial progress. For every minute I speak, some 120 people are lifting themselves out of extreme poverty. The Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda provide a roadmap for a sustainable future. Thanks to the peace agreement in Colombia, South America can become a continent of peace. There is a legend that serves as a parable for these times, when amidst the darkness there are glimmers of light. A grandfather says to his grandchild: “There is a battle between two wolves inside me. One is evil; he is arrogance, ego, lies and despair. The other is good; he is peace, compassion, truth and hope. This battle is inside us all.” The grandchild asks: “Which wolf wins?” The grandfather replies: “The one you feed.” In difficult times, Sweden’s foreign policy rests on a solid value-based foundation of human rights, democracy and multilateral cooperation. Simply putting one’s own country first would be selfish and unwise. What is good for the world is good for Sweden.

After the war ended in 1945, a multilateral world order was created, founded on universal values. As global ‘centres of gravity’ shift, the world order we have become accustomed to is being challenged. Norms, power balances and global stability are being affected. 2 To navigate today’s global challenges we need to consider how peace, freedom and reconciliation can be achieved in our part of the world. This is why the European Union remains so important to us, and the Government will work vigorously for an EU that is cohesive and principled. Developments in the EU and in the world around us are putting the European project to the test. Economic recovery is uneven; xenophobic and populist forces have gained ground. Later this year, our Prime Minister and the President of the European Commission will host a summit in Gothenburg on fair jobs and growth. We need a more social Europe, with functioning labour markets, effective and sustainable social protection systems and improved social dialogue. Migration issues have become increasingly important and the EU must act together for a sustainable European asylum system based on a fair sharing of responsibility by all Member States. We need to sharpen the focus on the root causes of displacement and on conflict prevention, and increase support to the UN Refugee Agency and the International Organisation for Migration. The Government regrets that the United Kingdom has chosen to leave the European Union, and we want our good relations to continue. When negotiations begin we will act on the basis of what best serves the common European project and Swedish interests.

The EU is our most important foreign policy arena. The EU Global Strategy will play an important role in crisis management capacity using both civilian and military means. Sweden will actively seek to strengthen the Common Security and Defence Policy. We welcome the strengthening of EU-NATO cooperation, and we want the EU to work even more closely with the UN. The Government gives priority to both a stronger Eastern Partnership and continued enlargement processes in the Western Balkans and Turkey. Cooperation with Turkey remains strategically important for the EU, but developments in the country in terms of human rights, respect for the rule of law, and the situation of the opposition and the media are deeply worrying. The peace process to resolve the Kurdish issue must be resumed. This would contribute to peace and security both in Turkey and regionally. The reunification of Cyprus is within reach. We encourage the parties to continue their efforts to achieve this goal.

Common security – building security in collaboration with other countries and organisations – is a cornerstone of Sweden’s security policy. Sweden’s foreign and security policy builds on cohesion in the EU and on increased cooperation on a broad front: in the Nordic region and the Baltic Sea region, in the UN and the OSCE, with NATO and via a strong transatlantic link. Sweden’s security policy remains firmly in place. Our non-participation in military alliances serves us well, and contributes to stability and security in northern Europe. It requires an active, broad and responsible foreign and security policy combined with enhanced defence cooperation, particularly with Finland, and credible national defence capabilities. Sweden will not remain passive if another EU Member State or Nordic country suffers a disaster or an attack. We expect these countries to act in the same way if Sweden is affected. Our country must therefore be in a position to both give and receive support, civilian as well as military. Our first line of defence consists of a foreign policy that we pursue through diplomacy, mediation, conflict prevention and confidence-building. This increases Sweden’s ability to promote détente and stability both in our neighbourhood and globally. Conditions for protecting the population and maintaining critical infrastructure have changed. Military threats, armed conflicts, cyber threats, terrorism, violent extremism and organised crime create continuous risks in an increasingly complex and interconnected world, but pandemics, antibiotic resistance and natural disasters also affect Sweden’s security. To respond to these developments, in January the Government adopted a national security strategy based on our national interests. Modern society is increasingly dependent on a secure energy supply and robust transport and infrastructure. Climate change is a threat to human existence. Inequality, environmental threats, water issues and resource scarcity are other long-term challenges. The implementation of the strategy is a priority and lays the foundation for enhanced security efforts. The brutal terrorist attacks around the world underscore the need for deeper cross-border cooperation based on solidarity. International cooperation also facilitates efforts to prevent radicalisation.

In view of the serious international situation, the Government is urging global actors such as the United States, China, India and Russia to take greater responsibility – both towards each other and towards the rest of the world. Russia’s behaviour, when manifested in military action, disinformation and influence operations, remains aggressive and increases tensions. Our response is guided by principles and values, is firm, clear and long-term, and fosters EU unity. The foundation of our approach is a desire to stand up for international law and the European security order. Domestic political developments in Russia are also regressive, with authoritarian rule, civil society under pressure and a lack of respect for human rights. Sweden needs a broad approach in relation to Russia. We will maintain a political dialogue, take a long-term view, urge Russia to pursue cooperation rather than confrontation, and promote people-to-people contacts. And we will do so without compromising our principlesbased stance. Sweden condemns Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine and its illegal annexation of Crimea. The sanctions must remain in place for as long as the reasons for their introduction remain. By supporting Ukraine’s reform efforts and standing up for the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity under international law, we will contribute to its aspiration to move closer to the EU. This year, Sweden will take over the Chairmanship of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council and the Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States. We want to see a Baltic Sea region characterised by respect, trust and security. Cooperation to increase security and tackle challenges such as environmental threats will be promoted, along with better conditions for regional development and contacts between citizens. Sweden enjoys, and will continue to enjoy, close relations with the United States. Relations with the new US administration remain important for our trade and our security. But the White House’s actions raise questions about the role of the United States in the world. We believe that Sweden, the EU and the US have everything to gain from working for a rules-based world order, from standing up for our common norms and values, and tackling global challenges together. This is how we will act – with our neighbours, in a coordinated manner within the EU, and with other like-minded countries.

Canada is becoming an increasingly important partner for both Sweden and the EU, not least through the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Strategic Partnership Agreement. Our aim of renewing contacts with Latin America has been welcomed in the region, and in the next few months we will present an action plan for increased cooperation. Asia is the growth engine of the global economy, and major investments are being made there in the technologies of the future. Our engagement in Asia aims to contribute both to sustainable development and to democracy and respect for human rights. Relations with China are developing, but the regional security policy tensions and democratic and human rights situation are a cause for concern. Sweden’s cooperation with India is deepening. The EU’s free trade negotiations with several ASEAN countries are welcome, and we are working for an ambitious agreement with Japan. Sweden continues to work for Afghanistan’s peaceful and sustainable development. We are maintaining our civilian and military engagement, and we support women’s participation in peace and reconciliation processes. In 2017, the Government intends to adopt a new strategy for development cooperation with Myanmar. It may contribute to peaceful, inclusive and democratic developments in the country, including for the Rohingya minority. Sweden’s strong ties to the countries of Africa are being further developed as the demand for diversified trade and modern development cooperation increases. Concrete contributions to peace, security and development are being made via our long-term development cooperation, but also through our troop contribution to MINUSMA in Mali and our participation in EU operations in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa. We are strengthening our partnership with the African Union and the sub-regional organisations in efforts to prevent armed conflict.

The Syrian regime and its allies have employed a brutal military strategy. Sweden is engaged in helping to find a long-term solution, in part by giving women a voice in the peace process. Our extensive aid comprises both immediate emergency relief and long-term support, including to neighbouring countries that have taken in a large number of refugees. The UN must play a central role. Our seat on the Security Council offers a forum in which we can work for a ceasefire, humanitarian access, a return to peace negotiations, and accountability for war crimes, serious violations and the use of chemical weapons. 6 In the first half of this year, the Government intends to produce a new five-year aid strategy for Iraq. Our contribution to the Global Coalition against Daesh will double, from 35 to 70 people. This year marks 50 years of the occupation of Palestine. Sweden continues to work for a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and will appoint a special envoy. When I visited Palestine in December it was noticeable that hope can turn to despair, and this features heavily in the consultations that Sweden is holding with almost 150 Israeli and Palestinian civil society organisations. Security Council resolution 2334 on the Israeli settlements, and the international conference held in Paris in January, could, in the best-case scenario, create the conditions for a renewed peace process and a two-state solution.

Sweden’s feminist foreign policy is producing results for women, girls and entire societies. Our efforts have contributed to some 20 countries drawing up laws and proposals to strengthen gender equality, to hundreds of thousands of women and girls avoiding unsafe abortions and unwanted pregnancies, to some 90 local communities abandoning the practice of female genital mutilation and to 65 countries and organisations making commitments to combat gender-based violence. Sexual and reproductive health and rights will be an even higher priority. A new national action plan for the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security, our Chairmanship of the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, a strategic initiative on dialogue and peace processes, and a women’s mediation network are some of the elements of our work for peace, security and sustainable development. The fact that we were elected to the UN Security Council by such a wide margin is a testament to the Government’s global policy. During Sweden’s Presidency in January, it became clear that UN Secretary-General António Guterres supports our ambition for the UN to promote peacebuilding and conflict prevention, dialogue as a tool, and the active participation of women in peace processes. We are a critical friend of the UN, working for a reformed and more transparent Security Council. A more modern, more effective and gender-equal UN system is crucial. We will spearhead the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, both globally and in Sweden. All policy areas must contribute to a sustainable and fair world.

The aim of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons is a world free of nuclear weapons. Any move away from this aim must be prevented, and nuclear-weapon states have a particular responsibility in this context. The Government welcomes the fact that a clear majority of the world’s countries have taken a stand for negotiations on a global nuclear weapons ban. The nuclear accord with Iran is of crucial importance to non-proliferation efforts. North Korea is defying the international community with its nuclear weapons ambitions. Mr/Madam Speaker, Sweden is and will remain a global leader in development policy. Our SEK 6.5 billion in humanitarian aid makes us the world’s seventh largest donor in nominal terms. Peacebuilding and statebuilding are at the heart of Swedish aid: without peace there can be no development. The oceans play a crucial role in the global climate system; if current trends are not halted, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the sea. In June, Sweden and Fiji will host the first major UN conference on saving the global marine environment. Alarming climate change reports reach us with increasing frequency. In 2017, Sweden and the EU must demonstrate leadership in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Sweden will be one of the first fossil-free welfare nations. Our contributions to climate action in developing countries are among the largest in the world and thereby play a significant role in other countries’ transition. The Government has reinforced action for sustainable development and cooperation in the Arctic, where in November last year the sea ice shrank by an area twice the size of Sweden. We are working for better global responsibility-sharing and governance on migration and refugee issues. The fight against human trafficking is being stepped up. The Government stands firm in its intention that development aid will reach 1 per cent of Sweden’s gross national income during this electoral period. The principles that will underpin our development cooperation have been presented to the Riksdag in a written communication. And should anyone wonder whether these investments are worth our taxpayers’ money, I say: have you calculated the cost of war, poverty and the death of our oceans?

Mr/Madam Speaker, Greater equality in the labour market, decent working conditions, increased productivity and inclusive economic growth are important objectives for Sweden. The Prime Minister’s Global Deal initiative is being followed up in cooperation with the ILO, the OECD and others. 8 At a time when protectionism is on the rise and free trade is being called into question, Sweden is standing up for free and fair global trade with the WTO multilateral trade system as the backbone. The Government will push for the EU to conclude progressive free trade agreements that safeguard social rights, environmental protection, animal welfare and human health. Sweden is one of the world’s most competitive countries, and its exports employ almost one and a half million people. Seventy-one per cent of Swedish exports go to the EU. We are thus contributing to deepening the EU single market. We want to dismantle trade barriers, benefit from the free movement of goods and services, harness the opportunities offered by the increasingly digital economy, and thus promote new business models and greater innovation. Our foreign trade continues to be strengthened by Sweden’s export strategy, regional export centres and Team Sweden. Sweden will maintain strict and effective export controls of military equipment, and the Government will present a bill on this in the first half of this year to tighten the export regulations to non-democracies. Support to Swedes in emergency or crisis situations abroad and work on individual consular cases are perpetual activities of the Swedish Foreign Service that are always a priority, regardless of the level of public attention a matter receives. Our efforts to strengthen respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law were presented in the written communication submitted to the Riksdag in December. New country-specific reports on the situation in all regions of the world will be presented in the first half of this year. These reports highlight issues such as the right to reasonable remuneration for work, discriminatory legislation, violence against women, racism, and discrimination on grounds of ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc. Free speech is under attack around the world; journalists and human rights defenders are being imprisoned and persecuted. Sweden supports those affected and works to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice. Mr/Madam Speaker, Honourable Members, In 2016, ‘post-truth’ was named Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries. Both functioning democracy and constructive cooperation between states require us to speak with, and not about, each other, to honour agreements and to allow ideas to compete. They also require us to respect science, facts and the media, and to acknowledge each other’s wisdom. 9 I would therefore like to conclude the Statement of Foreign Policy by thanking the Left Party for continually reminding us about the troubling developments in Turkey. That Sweden must emphasise human rights in its contacts with the rest of the world is something the Liberal Party never lets us forget. In the battle against what may be humanity’s worst invention – nuclear weapons – we can count on the Centre Party. The Moderate Party is and has been a driving force when Sweden stands up for free trade. And throughout the years, Swedish aid has had a dependable friend in the Christian Democrats.

The Government does not share the basic values or world view of the Sweden Democrats, and cooperation is out of the question, but we respect your place in the Riksdag. Thank you to all the driving forces in civil society and in popular movements. Your efforts on the ground and in shaping public opinion make a difference in these difficult times. We will meet again in searching conversations about how Sweden can contribute to a world founded on human dignity, where despair is conquered by hope.

Source: Swedish government website.


OECD says Sweden’s economy is resilient


OECD Secretary-General Mr Angel Gurría has today presented their report on Sweden’s economic situation.

DSC_7919This time a special focus is on equality and gender equality. The OECD also expresses clear support for the Government’s fiscal policy.

DSC_7918The report is part of the OECD’s regular review of the economies of its member countries.










Wallström speaks of statement of Foreign Policy 2017

Sweden-China Bridge 瑞中桥