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2. Visiting my parents in Beijing

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Aug. 8(Greenpost) — My parents came to Beijing just days before we arrived in Beijing on Thursday.

The first cry of Wang Xueting was broadcast at China Radio International on the New Year’s Eve of 2003. Gaowa, a beautiful civil servant, Annie and the little boy who loves the ball from Sweden. He also drank Swedish vanling to grow to two years. 

On Saturday we decided to go to my brother’s home to see my parents.  On the way, we informed Gao Wa to come too. Gao Wa was my cousin’s daughter. My cousin Yanqiu did me a great favor by encouraging me to go to Linghai or Jinxian Senior High School. She said to me that summer, “If you succeeded in entering the No.1 Senior High School, you will have one step into any university.”

I did, and that paved me the way from Dizangsi village to Linghai county, and from Linghai county to Shenyang City and from Shenyang to Beijing, and from Beijing to Sydney, Harare, Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope, Namibia, Mozambique, Canada, France, German, Spain, USA and New Zealand. Finally, Stockholm Sweden, my second hometown!

The wing of thoughts flew quickly. As the car arrived in Shiliju, we had to get off and embrace the heat again. For me, it was just wonderful to feel warmth. But my daughter kept on saying it is hot.

As we came into the 20th floor two room apartment, Ms Wang was cooking and my mother was planning what to cook.  The two and half year old boy was running around in the room and he began to talk a lot of words.

The room was filled with happy atmosphere.  Whenever you have a two to three year old child around, you will feel happy. That was the time with my niece and my daughter.  Children are the hope of our future and we feel happy to see them growing.

My mother’s back bent a little more seriously, but her spirit was high. Obviously she was happy to see us. She has been enduring all the lonely time over the year and now we came.

My father woke up since we came. He went out in the morning and in the evening as usual. He likes to dance as an exercise.  He got a few more white hair, but he still has a lot of black hair. His voice is still sonorous.  His memory is still very good and he still talks energetically.

Soon my brother came. He came with my second brother,  my sister in law and my nephew who is a driver.  They came from Tianjin, the second largest municipality in China, two hours drive from Beijing.

It was a surprise for me. I thought I would go to Tianjin to see them so that they don’t need to come here. But they came. I still feel very happy and moved.  My sister in law is still energetic.

Gao Wa came too. She also drove a car. She works as a village head assistant after graduating from university as a master degree graduate. That is called University student village official! Literal translation.  But it was a good intention.  She will become a civil servant after this service.

We took a lot of photos and we were happy together. Again, a lot of people under the wings of parents.  No matter how far away we have been, finally we have to come back to see my parents.

2017 China trip- landing in Beijing 1

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Aug. 7(Greenpost)– Seven or 7 seems to be my lucky number this year.  My husband, my daughter and I finished our China trip on 2017-07-27. And I like to have a review from today.  Please stay tuned.

London visit paves the way to China

I am a Chinese and I love China no doubt about it. But sometimes I was tired of China. That is why I can live in Sweden for 11 years now and still not too tired yet. Except the first three years, I almost went back to China every year or even twice a year for some years.

Last year, I told my daughter that we all should go to China this summer because it had been three years since they went to China last time.

She said she didn’t want to go simply because Chinese people are too warm to her. They always said she is beautiful, Pretty, Piaoliang.  Since the first time she went to China, she was like a little angel and people queued the long queue to see her.

She is a good mix of Chinese and Swedish. When I was in Harare, Zimbabwe, my German teacher married with a native Zimbabwan and their mixed child was claimed to be the best.  When I was a child, when thinking of having a mixed child, it was almost a curse. But as China opens up and we are more and more in favor of the western culture, my child is very well accepted in China.

However,  she has become a little picky about China. For example, in Beijing in winter it was actually very hot inside the room. Chinese people talked too loud compared with Swedish people and so on.  Although in my eyes it was obvious that we should go to China this summer, they had to discuss it many times. My daughter said she wanted to go to London first in stead of America or China.

I said ok, then you must go to China in the summer! I booked the tickets right after we came back from London.  To be honest, we didn’t visit too much of London. Except Crystal Palace and Queens Hotel, we didn’t go to London Tower or Big Ben. But that turned out to be good.

My daughter always mentioned her London trip and wanted to go again because she lived in Queens Hotel!

Visiting China will use the same strategy. Not visit famous tourist sites, but just stay in hotels or at home to relax. Take a walk in the park nearby and doing nothing normal.

Coming back from Shanghai, my brother in law asked whether we had been to the tallest building in Shanghai, I said please don’t ask us about the most popular place!

Eight hours flight didn’t seem to be too long because we not only ate two Chinese meals with just right amount for our stomach, but also watched films.

Jackie Chan played a professor and found a gold treasure in India.  With the shuttle of time and the beauty of actresses, especially the part when Jackie Chan was driving with the big lion, it killed all our sleepiness!

Air China is very comfortable and just after a couple of times of travelling, I decided to fix Air China as my flight because I don’t like to save some money but to travel through Amsterdam, Copenhagen or Helsinki to spend at least three or four extra hours. Once I and my daughter travelled via Amsterdam, we had to stay one night at the airport and the next day we had to travel to Heathrow Airport in order to go to Stockholm! Enough is enough.  I’d rather spend a little more money to fly direct than go round about.

Chinese girls are beautiful and nice and it is very good that they both speak English and Chinese.  As time goes by, I like to save my energy as much as possible.

Beijing Airport is the same as before.  It is large, broad and bright. It was due to the 2008 Olympics, Beijing Airport was improved. Immediately you can feel the water saving facilities in the toilet.  All the water tap used sensing devices.  Without sensing, no water comes out!

It was easy because I put a smaller suitcase inside the big suitcase just in order to use them when we went back to Stockholm.  There were so little things we could take from Sweden to China.  When coming back, we have a lot to take.

As we came out of the customs, my sister and brother in law showed up to receive us.  She just bought a BMW last summer after she came back from Indonesia where she worked for two years.  I suggested she buy Volvo, but she chose the landrover BMW in the end. She wanted to drive in the countryside or tourist sites in suburban Beijing.

I felt privileged to have them receive us.  If I were alone, I would like to take the fast train or subway to go home.

It was my brother in law who drove the car. He drove a car in Namibia when we were both working in Africa.  Later he turned out to become my brother in law.  The world was actually not big.  After going around the globe for  a whole round, I came to Sweden from New Zealand.

Arriving at home, I felt hungry. My brother in law cooked dumplings for us and we ate a lot together with dried Toffo salad.  Then we had a sleep which can be counted as 24 hours because we slept almost in a stretch to next day and next day. The room was hot and it felt like a free sauna! Sweat streams out easily out of forehead and neck.

Beijing, a warm Beijing warmly welcomed us!

A far more cleaner Beijing is waiting for us!

I feel very glad because I look forward to seeing many of my friends, classmates and most importantly my parents, my father, 84 and my mother 74! PLUS THEIR GRANDSON, 2.5 years old!

清华大学与欧华妇联总会联合举办 欧洲华人华侨妇女国际研修班开课

北欧绿色邮报网驻荷兰特约记者张卓辉跟踪报道——由清华大学继续教育学院和欧洲华人华侨妇女联合总会(下称“欧华妇联总会”)合作举办的“欧洲华人华侨妇女国际研修班” 于今年6月9日在清华大学继续教育学院开课。

图一 开班仪式合影

培训欧华妇联骨干

清华大学继续教育学院院长高策理、院长助理兼国际教育部部长卢志强,欧洲华人华侨妇女联合总会创会主席、永远名誉主席夏龙贞,现任主席熊国秀等出席开班仪式。开班仪式由国际教育部副部长肖立娣主持。来自欧洲的荷兰、比利时、英国、徳国、法国、葡萄牙、西班牙、意大利挪威等9个国家的50名欧华妇联总会会员将在清华大学开展为期3天的学习。

高策理院长在开班致辞中对各位海外学员的到来表示热烈欢迎和衷心感谢。他指出,随着中国的发展,华人在国际上的地位不断提高,华人对所在国所作的贡献也越来越大,希望各位学员侨领此次回到祖(籍)国,全面了解祖国大陆的发展,积极为自己的事业发展、为所在国的发展作出贡献。高院长还向各位学员介绍了清华大学的历史发展、文化精神以及未来战略,并以清华大学的校训勉励大家。他希望海外华人华侨学员通过此次学习,既能了解国内发展,同时也能留下对国内发展的建议,达到交流共享的目的。

图二 高策理院长(中)致欢迎词

乘坐“一带一路”班车

广东省台山籍华侨华人遍布世界100多个国家,台山人移居海外已有几百年历史了,上世纪50年代,周恩来总理命名台山为中国第一侨乡。一年多前,台山市人民政府多方面了解和推荐,邀请了世界23个国家40多位台山籍优秀中青年侨领参加了台山市举办的海交会活动。其内容包括:理事就职典礼;江门市慈善捐款活动;清华大学“中国国情与政策环境国际研修班”学习。

暨任荷兰荷中商务文教交流协会会长熊国秀,应邀出席了此次活动。出生在中国山东威海北海舰队的熊国秀祖籍为中国南方广东台山人。她于2016年7月到清华大学进修学习班学习。学习结束后感觉真是受益匪浅,每个学员都感觉自己的认识层次一下子提升了许多、视野开阔了许多。非常感谢台山市各级领导、海交会、统战部、北京五邑联谊会、北京侨联及国务院侨办、全国侨联等等部门给予我们20多个国家40多位不同侨团负责人这么好的机会,到中国第一学府清华大学学习、进修,被邀成为清华大学的校友会成员。

图三 欧华妇联总会会长,荷兰著名侨领熊国秀

欧华妇联总会于2016年11月22日,在荷兰久居世界第一大港城鹿特丹(ROTTERDAM)隆重举行成立12周年暨第六届理事会就职典礼及庆祝活动。荷兰著名侨领熊国秀当选第六届欧华妇联总会理事会主席。之后,熊国秀就积极为筹办清华大学的欧洲华人华侨妇女国际研修班多次来往中荷双方联系与组织。

熊国秀代表欧华妇联总会对清华大学的精心组织和安排表示衷心感谢,希望各位学员能珍惜本次学习机会,同时也感谢社会各界对于欧华妇联总会的支持和帮助,希望能够通过重走丝绸之路和此次研修活动,不断提高自身素质, 讲好中国故事,为“一带一路”发展作贡献,做中欧友好交流的桥梁。

图四 欧华妇联总会会长熊国秀(右)代表总会向清华大学继续教育学院赠送纪念品

搭建中欧交流平台

此次研修班虽然时间较短,但课程设计安排非常丰富,既有国内最新动态分享,也有国际发展形势解读,同时还关注海外华人华侨学员自身的素质提升,通过一系列课堂讲授和现场教学活动,增强学员对于国内发展的了解,搭建中欧交流平台。

欧洲华人华侨妇女联合总会按照欧盟非盈利协会法2005年在葡萄牙成立,同年在爱尔兰注册,宗旨是促进欧洲各国与中国的经贸及文化交流,开展各项华人华侨融入居住国主流阶层的社会活动,推动中欧各项公益活动,现有22个欧洲会员国成员。12年来,欧华妇联总会秉承中华妇女的传统美德,按照该会宗旨和章程开展活动,不断提高欧华妇女的影响力和社会形象,在推动祖国统一、实现中华民族伟大复兴等方面做了大量工作与贡献,受到中国政府有关部门及社会各界的肯定,得到广大欧华妇女的支持。

图五 欧华妇联总会第五届理事会主席叶玉兰(右)将总会大印转交给第六届理事会主席熊国秀

(欧洲华人华侨妇女联合总会  供稿/图)

责任编辑:王子慧

 

两会·要闻:十二届全国人大五次会议在京开幕

北欧绿色邮报网报道:据新华社北京3月5日电 第十二届全国人民代表大会第五次会议5日上午在人民大会堂开幕。国务院总理李克强向大会作政府工作报告时指出,使命重在担当,实干铸就辉煌。我们要更加紧密地团结在以习近平同志为核心的党中央周围,同心同德,开拓进取,努力完成今年经济社会发展目标任务,为实现“两个一百年”宏伟目标、建设富强民主文明和谐的社会主义现代化国家、实现中华民族伟大复兴的中国梦而不懈奋斗。
今天的人民大会堂气氛庄严热烈。万人大礼堂内灯火辉煌,主席台帷幕中央国徽高悬,十面红旗分列两侧。近3000名全国人大代表肩负人民重托出席盛会,认真履行宪法和法律赋予的神圣职权。
大会主席团常务主席、执行主席张德江主持大会。大会主席团常务主席、执行主席李建国、王胜俊、陈昌智、严隽琪、王晨、沈跃跃、吉炳轩、张平、向巴平措、艾力更·依明巴海、万鄂湘、张宝文、陈竺在主席台执行主席席就座。
习近平、李克强、俞正声、刘云山、王岐山、张高丽和大会主席团成员在主席台就座。
十二届全国人大五次会议应出席代表2924人。今天的会议,出席2862人,缺席62人,出席人数符合法定人数。
上午9时,张德江宣布:中华人民共和国第十二届全国人民代表大会第五次会议开幕。会场全体起立,高唱国歌。
根据会议议程,国务院总理李克强代表国务院向大会作政府工作报告。报告共分三部分:一、2016年工作回顾;二、2017年工作总体部署;三、2017年重点工作任务。
李克强说,过去一年,我国发展面临国内外诸多矛盾叠加、风险隐患交汇的严峻挑战。在以习近平同志为核心的党中央坚强领导下,全国各族人民迎难而上,砥砺前行,推动经济社会持续健康发展。党的十八届六中全会正式明确习近平总书记的核心地位,体现了党和人民的根本利益,对保证党和国家兴旺发达、长治久安,具有十分重大而深远的意义。各地区、各部门不断增强政治意识、大局意识、核心意识、看齐意识,推动全面建成小康社会取得新的重要进展,全面深化改革迈出重大步伐,全面依法治国深入实施,全面从严治党纵深推进,全年经济社会发展主要目标任务圆满完成,“十三五”实现了良好开局。
李克强从继续创新和加强宏观调控,经济运行保持在合理区间;着力抓好“三去一降一补”,供给结构有所改善;大力深化改革开放,发展活力进一步增强;强化创新引领,新动能快速成长;促进区域城乡协调发展,新的增长极增长带加快形成;加强生态文明建设,绿色发展取得新进展;注重保障和改善民生,人民群众获得感增强;推进政府建设和治理创新,社会保持和谐稳定等方面回顾了过去一年的工作。
李克强指出,我们也清醒看到,经济社会发展中还存在不少困难和问题。我们一定要直面挑战,敢于担当,全力以赴做好政府工作,不辱历史使命,不负人民重托。
李克强说,2017年发展的主要预期目标是:国内生产总值增长6.5%左右,在实际工作中争取更好结果;居民消费价格涨幅3%左右;城镇新增就业1100万人以上,城镇登记失业率4.5%以内;进出口回稳向好,国际收支基本平衡;居民收入和经济增长基本同步;单位国内生产总值能耗下降3.4%以上,主要污染物排放量继续下降。
李克强报告了做好2017年政府工作要把握好的五点:一是贯彻稳中求进工作总基调,保持战略定力;二是坚持以推进供给侧结构性改革为主线;三是适度扩大总需求并提高有效性;四是依靠创新推动新旧动能转换和结构优化升级;五是着力解决人民群众普遍关心的突出问题。
李克强说,2017年要重点做好九个方面工作:一是用改革的办法深入推进“三去一降一补”;二是深化重要领域和关键环节改革;三是进一步释放国内需求潜力;四是以创新引领实体经济转型升级;五是促进农业稳定发展和农民持续增收;六是积极主动扩大对外开放;七是加大生态环境保护治理力度;八是推进以保障和改善民生为重点的社会建设;九是全面加强政府自身建设。
李克强还就民族、宗教和侨务工作,国防和军队建设,香港、澳门发展和两岸关系,以及我国外交政策作了阐述。
根据会议议程,大会审查2016年国民经济和社会发展计划执行情况与2017年国民经济和社会发展计划草案的报告及2017年计划草案、2016年中央和地方预算执行情况与2017年中央和地方预算草案的报告及2017年全国预算草案。
在主席台就座的还有:马凯、王沪宁、刘延东、刘奇葆、许其亮、孙春兰、孙政才、李源潮、汪洋、张春贤、范长龙、孟建柱、赵乐际、胡春华、栗战书、郭金龙、韩正、杜青林、赵洪祝、杨晶、常万全、杨洁篪、郭声琨、王勇、周强、曹建明、韩启德、帕巴拉·格列朗杰、董建华、万钢、林文漪、罗富和、何厚铧、张庆黎、李海峰、陈元、卢展工、周小川、王家瑞、王正伟、马飚、齐续春、陈晓光、马培华、刘晓峰、王钦敏,以及中央军委委员房峰辉、张阳、赵克石、张又侠、吴胜利、马晓天、魏凤和等。
香港特别行政区行政长官梁振英、澳门特别行政区行政长官崔世安列席会议并在主席台就座。
出席全国政协十二届五次会议的政协委员列席大会。
中央和国家机关有关部门、解放军及武警部队、各人民团体有关负责人列席或旁听了大会。
各国驻华使节旁听了大会。(完)

 

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.

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

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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.

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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?

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“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.

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

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

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“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.”

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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.

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

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

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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!

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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.

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“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.

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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. ”

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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.