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2018’s Sjöberg Prize awarded for unique treatment that cures a once fatal cancer

ByXuefei Chen Axelsson

Stockholm, Feb. 6 (Greenpost)–The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Sjöberg Prize 2018 to

Zhu Chen, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China,Anne Dejean, Institut Pasteur and Inserm, Paris, France andHugues de Thé, Collège de France, Paris, France“for the clarification of molecular mechanisms and the development of a revolutionary treatment for acute promyelocytic leukaemia.”

The Sjöberg Prize 2018, worth one million US dollars, is awarded to cancer researchers Zhu ChenAnne Dejean and Hugues de Thé. They have succeeded in curing one of the deadliest forms of cancer using a unique treatment method that is based on arsenic and retinoic acid. This method shows how cancer treatment is becoming more targeted as we learn more about the mechanisms responsible for the disease.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Sjöberg Prize 2018 toZhu Chen, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China,Anne Dejean, Institut Pasteur and Inserm, Paris, France andHugues de Thé, Collège de France, Paris, France“for the clarification of molecular mechanisms and the development of a revolutionary treatment for acute promyelocytic leukaemia.”

Using the treatments available in the 1980s, more than 75 per cent of patients with acute promyelocytic leukaemia died within two years. With the current treatment, nine out of ten patients are cured. Illustration: Mattias Karlén, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Using the treatments available in the 1980s, more than 75 per cent of patients with acute promyelocytic leukaemia died within two years. With the current treatment, nine out of ten patients are cured. Illustration: Mattias Karlén, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

This year’s Sjöberg Laureates have developed a new and targeted treatment for a specific form of blood cancer called acute promyelocytic leukaemia. It was once one of the deadliest forms of cancer, but it is now possible to cure nine out of ten patients who receive the new treatment.

The treatment is unique because it is the first standard treatment for acute leukaemia that does not include chemotherapy. Instead, a combination treatment is used, which consists of a form of vitamin A, “all-trans retinoic acid”, also called ATRA, along with arsenic trioxide.

The idea of using arsenic comes from traditional medicine, but this method has been scientifically tested and proven in this form. The Laureates have made this revolutionary development possible by methodically mapping the molecular mechanisms responsible for the disease. By identifying a specific genetic mutation and aiding the destruction of a faulty protein in specific cells, it was possible to stop the process that resulted in death for three out of four patients. This treatment means the cancer cells disappear because they lose the ability to renew themselves.

These discoveries have been made in stages since the 1980s, and the treatment’s effects have been confirmed in numerous scientific studies. In many countries, this treatment combination is now the first choice of treatment for acute promyelocytic leukaemia.

The three Laureates remain very active in the field of cancer research. Anne Dejean now primarily dedicates her research to continuing her studies of liver cancer, and to investigating the significance of protein modification in how cancer develops. Hugues de Thé is interested in the potential for producing treatment methods for cancer that combine stimulating the cancer cells’ maturation and blocking their ability to renew themselves, while Zhu Chen is investigating genetic and molecular changes in other forms of leukaemia.

The hope is that the Sjöberg Prize, which mainly comprises research funding, will pave the way for further progress, leading to cures for more forms of cancer.

“It is really a great honour for me to share with Dr. de Thé and Dr. Dejean the prestigious 2018 Sjöberg Prize, which recognises important contributions to cancer research,” says Professor Zhu Chen, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

“This prize means not only the glory, but even more importantly a responsibility, a responsibility for me, my team and our collaborators to continue efforts in the understanding of disease mechanisms of other types of haematological malignancies and to develop innovative, effective therapeutic strategies against those diseases through collaboration with other partners,” Professor Zhu Chen concludes.

Anne Dejean, Professor at Institut Pasteur and Research Director at Inserm, comments on the Prize:

“I feel deeply honoured and, at the same time, very privileged to join the company of the prior recipients, whom I hold in great esteem.”

“This is a wonderful recognition of our contribution to the understanding of the molecular and cellular basis for a severe form of leukemia and its efficient cure, that will foster future development of highly effective oncogene-targeted therapies founded on similar approaches.”

Hugues de Thé, Professor at Collège de France:

“This is the recognition of thirty years of work that ends up in daily clinical practice, as well as more than twenty years of tight collaboration and friendship with the Chinese group.

“This prize also recognizes a certain vision of medicine, shared with Zhu Chen, that is based on curiosity and goes from clinical observations, uncompromising basic science and feedback, to patient care. Freedom to search is one of the founding values of Collège de France, my home institution.”

The Laureates

Zhu Chen, Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, Ph.D. in 1989 from Saint-Louis Hospital, Paris Diderot University, France. Born in 1953 in Shanghai, China.
Zhu Chen, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Anne Dejean, Professor at Institut Pasteur and Research Director at Inserm, Paris, France, Ph.D. in 1983 from Institut Pasteur, Paris, France. Born in 1957 in  Cholet, France.
Anne Dejean, Institut Pasteur

Hugues de Thé, Professor at Collège de France, Paris, France, Ph.D. in 1989 from Université Paris VI, France. Born in 1959 in Marseille, France.
Hugues de Thé, Collège de France

Further information about the prize

The prize is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and funded by the Sjöberg Foundation. The foundation was founded in 2016 by businessman Bengt Sjöberg, who donated two billion Swedish krona for the purpose of promoting scientific research that focuses on cancer, health and the environment.

 

Air China to launch direct Beijing–Copenhagen route

STOCKHOLM, Jan.23(Greenpost) — Air China Limited (Air China) will begin non-stop flights between Beijing and Copenhagen from May 30, 2018. Once the new route launches, passengers will be able to arrive comfortably in Andersen’s dreamlike fairy tale Kingdom in 10 hours.

Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark, and is filled with fairy-tale innocence and lively, idyllic charm. Following the official start of the “China-Denmark Year of Tourism”, Chinese tourists are becoming increasingly excited about travelling to Denmark, with 260 thousand tourists visiting the country in 2017. Following its launch, the Beijing-Copenhagen direct route will become a strong supplement to the Beijing-Stockholm route, further improving Air China’s network of routes to Northern Europe. Once the route launches, domestic passengers will be able to enjoy travel in Northern Europe by flying to two destinations, Copenhagen and Stockholm. Passengers from Denmark and Sweden will also be able to enjoy 144-hour via free transit in Beijing when travelling to a third country.

For many years, Air China has been establishing a global route network with Beijing as its hub. The network of routes spreads throughout the world, covering six continents. The addition of this non-stop route between Beijing and Copenhagen is the latest development in Air China’s strategy to transform Beijing into an airport hub with a truly global reach, and improve network coverage in the Europe. Air China offers the largest selection of routes between China and Europe. The new Beijing–Copenhagen service will bring the total number of routes to 27, with an offering of 300 flights per week to 20 major European destinations, including London, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Rome, Moscow, Barcelona, Madrid, Zurich and Stockholm, all serviced by wide-body aircraft.

Flight information:

The Beijing -Copenhagen route number is CA877/8 and has four flights per week, scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The outbound flight departs Beijing at 02:55 and arrives in Copenhagen at 06:45; The inbound flight departs Copenhagen at 13:15 and arrives in Beijing at 04:10 (all times are local). All flights use the Airbus 330-200. Business class offers 180 degree fully flat seats, with personal entertainment systems throughout the cabin, so you can either stretch out comfortably or enjoy the entertainment, giving each passenger an even better personal flying space.

The specific launch time for the route will be determined by when tickets go on sale.

今日头条:太棒了!国航将开通北京—哥本哈根航线

Nominations for the 2017 Guldbagge Awards announced in Sweden

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Jan.4(Greenpost)– 2017 Guldbagge Awards nominations has been announced, according to a press release from Swedish Film Institute today.
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The awards are named after the Swedish word for the rose chafer beetle. Photo: Johan Bergmark

 

At a press conference in Stockholm today the nominations for the Guldbagge Awards for the film year of 2017 were announced. Borg/McEnroe stands out with ten nominations, followed by The Nile Hilton Incident with eight. Ravens and Sámi Blood both have seven nominations. The Guldbagge Awards is arranged by the Swedish Film Institute and will be held on 22 January.

 

A jury of 34 members came to the following result with regards to the nominations for the 2017 Guldbagge Awards, Sweden’s national film awards. Special committees agreed on the nominations in the categories Best Short Film, Best Documentary Film and Best Foreign Language Film. The nominations are listed in alphabetical order.  

Best film

Borg/McEnroe (Borg)
Produced by: Jon Nohrstedt and Fredrik Wikström Nicastro

Ravens (Korparna)
Produced by: Jan Marnell, Tom Persson and Jens Assur

Sámi Blood (Sameblod)
Produced by: Lars G. Lindström

The Nile Hilton Incident 
Produced by: Kristina Åberg

The Square 
Produced by: Erik Hemmendorff and Philippe Bober

Best Director

Janus Metz
for Borg/McEnroe (Borg)

Amanda Kernell
for Sámi Blood (Sameblod)

Tarik Saleh
for The Nile Hilton Incident

Ruben Östlund
for The Square

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Jennie Silfverhjelm
for Malin in All Inclusive

Evin Ahmad
for Mirja in Beyond Dreams (Dröm vidare)

Lene Cecilia Sparrok
for Elle Marja in Sámi Blood (Sameblod)

Mia Skäringer
for Anna in Sunny Side (Solsidan)

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Sverrir Gudnason
for Björn Borg in Borg/McEnroe (Borg)

Reine Brynolfsson
for Agne in Ravens (Korparna)

Fares Fares
for Noredin in The Nile Hilton Incident 

Claes Bang 
for Christian in The Square

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Gizem Erdogan
for Sarah in Beyond Dreams (Dröm vidare)

Julia Kijowska
for Agnieszka in Strawberry Days (Jordgubbslandet)

Maria Heiskanen
for Gärd in Ravens (Korparna)

Mia Erika Sparrok
for Njenna in Sámi Blood (Sameblod)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Shia LaBeouf
for John McEnroe in Borg/McEnroe (Borg)

Stellan Skarsgård
for Lennart Bergelin in Borg/McEnroe (Borg)

Przemyslaw Sadowski
for Jan in Strawberry Days (Jordgubbslandet)

Yasser Ali Maher 
for Kammal in The Nile Hilton Incident

Best Screenplay

Maud Nycander, Jannike Åhlund and Kersti Grunditz Brennan 
for Citizen Schein

Can Demirtas and Ivica Zubak 
for A Hustler’s Diary (Måste gitt)

Amanda Kernell
for Sámi Blood (Sameblod)

Ruben Östlund
for The Square

Best Cinematography

Jonas Alarik
for Ravens (Korparna)

Sophia Olsson
for Sámi Blood (Sameblod)

Fredrik Wenzel
for The Square

Best Editing

Per Sandholt and Per K. Kirkegaard
for Borg/McEnroe (Borg)

Kersti Grunditz Brennan
for Citizen Schein

Anders Skov
for Sameblod

Best Costume

Kicki Ilander 
for Borg/McEnroe (Borg)

Sharareh Hosseini and David Markfant
for Money Problem (Para knas)

Louize Nissen
for The Nile Hilton Incident

Best Sound/Sound design

Mattias Eklund
for Ravens (Korparna)

Mira Falk and Brian Dyrby
for Silvana (Silvana – väck mig när ni vaknat)

Fredrik Jonsäter
for The Nile Hilton Incident

Best Makeup

Sara Klänge
for All Inclusive

Petra Cabbe 
for Sunny Side (Solsidan)

Dorothea Wiedermann 
for The Nile Hilton Incident

Best Original Score

Jonas Struck, Jon Ekstrand and Vladislav Delay 
for Borg/McEnroe (Borg)

Karl Frid and Pär Frid 
for Citizen Schein

Peter von Poehl 
for Ravens (Korparna)

Best Set Design

Lina Nordqvist
for Borg/McEnroe (Borg)

Roger Rosenberg 
for The Nile Hilton Incident

Josefin Åsberg 
for The Square

Best Visual Effects

Torbjörn Olsson and Alex Hansson 
for Borg

Torbjörn Olsson 
for Ravens (Korparna)

Alex Hansson and Chris Stenner 
for Monky

Best Documentary Film

Letters to a Serial Killer (Brev till en seriemördare)
by Manal Masri

The Celestial Darkroom (Himlens mörkrum)
by Nils Petter Löfstedt

Silvana (Silvana – väck mig när ni vaknat)
by Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring and Christina Tsiobanelis

Best Short Film

The Burden (Min börda)
by Niki Lindroth von Bahr

Night Child (Nattbarn)
by Sanna Lenken

Because the World Never Stops (Studio 5)
by Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson

Best Foreign Language Film

120 battements par minute (120 slag i minuten)
By: Robin Campillo

Moonlight
By: Barry Jenkins

Forushande (The Salesman)
By: Asghar Farhadi

The Guldbagge Audience Award
The Guldbagge Audience Award (Guldbaggens publikpris) is a new award at the Guldbagge Awards Ceremony. It includes all 41 Swedish feature length films that premiered in cinemas during 2017. The award is produced by The Swedish Film Institute in collaboration with the Swedish news media Aftonbladet. The following eight films have won the first round of voting:

Avicii: True Stories
Produced by: Levan Tsikurishvili

Borg/McEnroe (Borg)
Produced by: Jon Nohrstedt and Fredrik Wikström Nicastro

A Hustler’s Diary (Måste gitt)
Produced by: Abbe Hassan

Money Problem (Para knas)
Produced by: Ulf Synnerholm and Malini Ahlberg

Sámi Blood (Sameblod)
Produced by: Lars G. Lindström

Småstad 
Produced by: Patrik Axén

Sunny Side (Solsidan)
Produced by: Emma Nyberg

Superswede
Produced by: Mia Sohlman

More awards at the ceremony

The Award of Honour will be presented, as well as the Gullspira (for extraordinary contributions in films for children) and the award for Best Newcomer will be presented.

Awarded annually since 1964, the Guldbagge (“Golden Beetle”) is the name of the Swedish Film Institute’s award for achievements during the previous year. The award itself, in the form of a fantastical beetle, was designed by the artist Karl Axel Pehrson.

The Guldbagge Awards ceremony will be held 22 January 2018 at Cirkus in Stockholm. Swedish Television (SVT) will be broadcasting the event live.

Swedish Chinese TV: 2017 Right Livelihood Prize issued in Vasa Museum

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Dec. 1(SCT, Greenpost) –2017 Right Livelihood Prize has been issued to Robert Bilott (USA), Colin Gonsalves (Indien), Khadija Ismayilova (Azerbajdzjan) and Yetnebersh Nigussie (Etiopien) by Kenya Human Rights activist and UN rapportage Maina Kiai. Khadija ISmayilova from Azerbajdzjan could not come out, but she showed up in video on Dec. 1. The issuing ceremony was held in the beautiful Vasa Museum.

Filmed by Xuefei Chen Axelsson

 

Top story: China-Sweden 2017 The Belt and Road Acupuncture-Moxibustion and Chinese Medicine Forum held in Stockholm

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM,  Nov. 25 (Greenpost) —  China-Sweden 2017 The Belt and Road Acupuncture-Moxibustion and Chinese Medicine Forum was held in Stockholm on Saturday.  Over 100 Chinese medicine and Acupuncuture-Moxibustion experts and practitioners participated in the forum.

Gui Congyou, Chinese Ambassador to Sweden spoke at the opening ceremony.  Photo by Lyu Cheng.

Gui said Chinese President Xi Jinping has pointed out in his 19th CPC National Congress report that China should insist on paying attention to both Chinese and western medicine, carrying forward Chinese Medicine. Xi stressed that people should take Belt and Road Initiative as a key starting point to introduce western expertise to China  and go out to discuss further cooperation with the west, consolidating innovation capability and opening up for cooperation to form an all dimension opening up pattern  along both land and sea routes.

Gui said Chinese Medicine is one of the finest parts of Chinese culture and an important part of  exchanges between China and countries along Belt and Road Initiative routes.  It is conducive to communicating with the people of those countries.

Chinese medicine is an important part of Chinese health cause and can be a good reference for people’s health demand. There is a great potential for Chinese medicine to develop.  He hopes that this forum will push forward Sino-Swedish Traditional Chinese Medicine  cooperation into a new stage.

Liu Baoyan, Chairman of the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies said the forum today is particularly important when China actively advocates strengthening China-Nordic cooperation and promoting the development plan of “the Belt and Road“.

Today over 180 countries are beginning to use TCM. In recent years, we have established 16 overseas TCM centers along “the Belt and Road”.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government has also signed agreements about TCM with over 80 countries along “the Belt and Road”. More than 13,000 international students come to China each year to study TCM.

At present, there are over 200,000 acupuncturists working in the countries along “the Belt and Road”, and some of these them are local persons. Meanwhile, more than 30 countries now have hundreds of training institutes, centers, schools and so on.
Acupuncture-Moxibustion is the essence of core of TCM. In 2010, acupuncture-moxibustion was included in the list of representatives of the World Intangible Cultural Heritage and became the intangible cultural heritage of the world. Acupuncture-Moxibustion widely used in various countries, it can be said in more than 180 countries so-called TCM applications is mainly acupuncture-moxibustion. WFAS is an international joint organization for acupuncture-moxibustion in dozens of countries. Over 30 years ago, WFAS has include nearly 200 societies in more than 50 countries. There are already more than 90 societies that are along “the Belt and Road”.

“Last year, we held a conference in Sweden which is “the Belt and Road” promotion for Acupuncture-Moxibustion. We also made some exchanges and trainings on the diagnostic and therapeutic techniques of TCM acupuncture–moxibustion. Now we will confirm that Young’s Acupuncture and TCM (Sweden) Research Institute, as the Swedish “the Belt and Road” TCM Acupuncture-Moxibustion Joint Education Base, works closely with Swedish medical research institutes such as Karolinska Institute. I believe they will make greater contribution at clinical practice, education and scientific research of acupuncture-moxibustion and TCM. The base will also research new medicine and develop new technology by combination of TCM and Western medicine. I believe the base will contribute powerful force for the Swedish people and the world people’s health, ” said Liu.
It is the common vision of all of us to inherit the venerable history and cultural traditions of TCM, to carry forward and improve TCM, and to make benefits to human health. Let us work together, to make greater contribution for the countries along “the Belt and Road” by acupuncture-moxibustion and TCM.

The Forum was presided over by Yang Chungui, Presient of Acupuncture Science Association Sweden .

Hanna Angerud, Chairwoman of Swedish Acupuncture Association talked about promotion of Acupuncture Legislation.

Professor Liao Fulong spoke at the opening ceremony. He marked that Chinese Nobel Winner in Medicine Tu Youyou is a good example of the combination between Chinese and western medicine.

Professor Liu Baoyan,  Yang Chungui, President of Acupuncture Science Association Sweden and Dean of Yangs Acupuncture and TCM Institute Sweden and Chinese Ambassador Gui Congyou opens the Belt and Road Joint Education Base on Acupuncture-Moxibustion-Sweden.

Yang Chungui presented certificates to the experts of Yangs Acupuncture & TCM Institute Sweden.

Liu Baoyan present certificates to the experts of Joint Education Base in Sweden.

President Yang declared the establishment of the Assessment Board of International Acupuncture Doctor Test.

In the afternoon, Gustav Foghammar, Consultant Psychiatrist of Karolinska Hospital talked about etablising a new medical platform of integrated Western & Traditional Chinese Medicine for Treatment of Pain and Fatigue. Foghammar said he knew TCM many years ago when he was sent to participate in a TCM meeting and had access to Chinese Medicine. Since then he even use TCM in his psychiatrist field and he himself often experiences the acupuncture.

DoctorZhang Hongxia presented what she is studying about– the Application of Medical Information in Clinic Medicine and Research.

Wang Jingjing presented Acupuncture Treatment on Pain and Psychosomatic Disease.

Professor Liao Fulong presented his discovery in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine Investigated from the Angle of Microcirculation and Biomechanopharmacology.

Professor Wu Hanqing presented TCM Triangular Needling Method for Soft Tissue and Bone Disorders.

Professor Wu Hanqing also did treatment for some patients while teaching some young doctors.

TCM Doctor Zhang Dongqing presented his clinic experience of Acupuncture agaisnt irritable Bowel Syndrome in Sweden.  TCM Doctor Yang Chungui presented his exploration and practice of Yangs Yi Gong Acupuncture in Chinese and Western Medicine.

Lin Defeng talked about Burning Acupuncture against pain and Li Jian presented his application of modern medicine and TCM on the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.

About 100 TCM doctors, experts and practitioners from China, Sweden, US and other European countries participated in the world-level forum. Han Xiaodong, Counselor of Commerce and Pu Zhengdong, Counselor of Culture from the Chinese Embassy also attended the opening ceremony.

Text/Xuefei Chen Axelsson, Photo/ Li Yanan, Lyu Cheng.

 

 

China Cultural Center in Stockholm holds the largest exhibition in its history

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Nov. 19(Greenpost)– China Cultural Center in Stockholm is holding the largest exhibitions since its establishment in September 2016.

Chinese Ambassador to Sweden Gui Congyou spoke at the opening of the three exhibitions. One is Born in the 60’s China Contemporary Art Exhibition & Invitational Exhibition for Swedish Artists. The third is Qian Yuqing’s Chinese calligraphy and Ding Yazhong’s  landscape ink Paintings.

“Art is a language that all the people can appreciate. Although China’s contemporary art has a short history, it has become an important art form in China and even in the world. China’s rapid development and great changes have become an inspiration and a source for artists.”  said Ambassador Gui.

“By learning from the western art, Chinese artists have explored deeply about Chinese traditional culture in recent years, by holding this exhibition, I am sure it will promote bilateral cultural exchanges through art works from both China and Sweden.” said Ambassador Gui.

Director of the China Cultural Center In Stockholm and Cultural Counselor of Chinese Embassy in Stockholm, Pu Zhengdong said he is proud to present these three kinds of exhibitions which he believed to have been historic and plays an important role in promoting bilateral understanding and exchange of cultures.  This has been the main purpose of the center and now it really meets the goal.

Anders Nyhlen, planner of the exhibition said he was very glad to attend this exhibition.

“I have held exhibitions relation to China for six times. Many Swedish artists like to know about China since China develops so fast. This time we have eight Swedish artists participating in the exhibition and I think we welcome the Chinese artists to come to Sweden. ” said Nyhlen.

Professor Zhang Fangbai who is also artist and one of the focal persons for the exhibition said he is very grateful to have a chance to exhibit Chinese contemporary art again in Sweden because this has been very conducive for the Chinese contemporary arts development. These kinds of exhibitions in Stockholm affect Chinese artists a lot and Chinese artists were inspired by Swedish artists.

Artist Han Zhongren said by looking at the Swedish artists works, he felt he could understand what those artists are seeking for and he felt that they are seeking for similar goals and shoulder similar responsibilities.  Han’s works are mainly about environmental protection theme.

Qian Yuqing used to be a policeman. But he loved Chinese calligraphy since childhood and calligraphy has always been his hobby. Now he treats the hobby as his main task and quitted the police job.  He loved calligraphy and if he couldn’t get both, he quitted the police job and keeps the calligraphy job.  He said Chinese and western artists actually can learn from each other.  These exhibitions are just the way for them to exchange ideas. He got inspiration from the Swedish artists and he hopes Swedish artists can get some inspiration from him.

Ding Yazhong has his own art gallery, Jia Ji Art Gallery, and has his own art school. He also loves art since childhood.  His specialty is to use special red ink color to paint the landscape. His works show  people a beautiful feeling of autumn symbolising good harvest and beautiful autumn.  China is indeed experiencing the good harvest in many aspects.

The exhibitions opening attracted many audiences.  It will last till 28th of November.

There is also a digital exhibition during the whole exhibitions.

Text/Photo  Xuefei Chen Axelsson

China Special Series–Chinese wears better than ever before

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Nov. 12(Greenpost)–No matter you travel in the subway or in a bus, you will see beautiful boys and girls wearing beautiful clothes.

 

Even in the countryside, the free market sells various kinds of beautiful clothes and the prices are not expensive.

All the people no matter old or young, they just wear very good clothes. In other words, very new clothes.

When I was a child, we learnt from Lei Feng, a role model for youth. He said he wore a pair of socks for 9 years. Nowadays people have a lot of clothes and people begin to change a lot too.

Women change much more than men. But some men are also good at changing and buying new clothes.

Some women even go to another extreme to have too much clothes.

Children’s clothes are also in a great variety.  China’s export actually started with textile industry.

In Marx’s words, clothes, food, house and travel are not a problem now.

According to Xi Jinping’s report at the 19th CPC National Congress,  among 1.3 billion people, now there are still four percent of the total population living under poverty line. That translates into 40 million people and that is four times more than the whole Swedish population.

Xi has promised that China will wipe out poverty in three years by 2020. That is a great goal and that will really mark China to enter a new era.

I was so glad to see this when I was in China two weeks ago.

China has changed greatly and is experiencing the great transformation. Green environment is the goal people strive for.

 

 

Chinese Special Series–Chinese Housing enough for the next generation

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Nov. 12(Greenpost)– To be honest, I came from a poor farmer’s family. But now those who live in the countryside enjoy big house, bigger space.

My brother and sister both have about 100 square meters apartment.
Recently a woman from Qingdao, Shandong province told me that they live in a 150 square meters apartment just for two persons.

Many civil servants have bigger office areas and enjoy two or three apartments.

Even those who came from the countryside and later lived in the city can enjoy very big apartment, not just one.

China has built so many buildings, so many cars and so many bikes.

A great change now is that people live much better.

Beijing attracts architeks from all over the world and it is a test site for all the vanguard builders. I saw an instrument type of building in Chaoyang district.

The famous CCTV building is even more protruding.  Skyscrapers are everywhere. And in many provinces, counties and cities, there are many buildings built.

Many people in local areas even have much more houses than those in bigger cities.  Chinese people enjoy far better material enjoyment now than ever. But their time of course is much tighter than before. They work harder than before.

Chinese Special Series–Fast train can benefit the whole world

Stockholm, Nov. 12(Greenpost) — When China built fast train in 2008, I was astonished by Chinese accurate drivers and fantastic services in the Hexiehao or Harmony Train.

I used to take more than 8 hours from Beijing to Jinzhou by train. Now I fly back from Stockholm to Beijing by airplane through 8.5 hours. So sometimes I jokingly said that Stockholm is my backyard garden from my Beijing home.

This summer we went back to Beijing again.  Surprisingly it only takes half an hour from Beijing to Tianjin and only four and half hours from Tianjin to Shanghai. It used to take 12 hours.

We travelled around half of China from Tianjin to Shanghai, from Shanghai to Suzhou, just half an hour. From Suzhou to Beijing it just took four and half hours. From Shenyang to Dalian it only takes two hours. From Dalian to Jinzhou, it also jus took two hours.

There is wifi in the waiting room in Jinzhou Station and it was terribly clean and nice.  People can buy all kinds of snacks from all over China and people don’t have to be so crowded as before.

From the very beginning, I supported the idea of developing the fast train. It is absolutely great! People think it is expansive, but it is not expansive if people consider the overall benefit it brings to the society, to the business and to people’s health as well as wellbeing.

I strongly suggest Sweden build fast train. Maybe it is a better idea to join hands with Denmark and Norway to build fast train from north to south. Think of Chinese train from Harbin to Dalian, just five hours.  It is just perfect.

Think of people taking train just from Oslo to Denmark via Stockholm or surrounding Solna or Uppsala just by four hours or from Oslo to Stockholm just one hour! It will bring a lot of human flow and it will bring a lot of vitality to our economy and people’s spirit.

Sweden has been very proud of its Tunnelbana because it starts from 1940s and the train has been very good in capacity. But now it need improvement.

I suggest Sweden use Chinese fast train technology and workers.  We shall benefit from it in the long run!

Now I do think Chinese fast train is the best in the world!

China Special Series: Chinese food–the best food in the world

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Nov. 12(Greenpost) — In the early stage of China’s reform and opening up, even we Chinese ourselves felt we have been eating too much and felt we Chinese only pay attention to eating.

We used to joke about ourselves to say that our Chinese is an ethnic group that is good at eating.

Then I also began to travel around the world. I have been to Australia first and stayed in Sydney for half a year.  We cooked Chinese food every day and felt the China Town’s food was not bad.

Then I stayed in Zimbabwe for two years and cooked a lot myself and then I stayed in New Zealand for a year.  In London I stayed for four months and a couple of weeks in the US and Canada as well as Spain and other Nordic countries.

I boasted to have travelled all over the world and then came back to China, I felt the Chinese food is the best in the world.

This summer I and my family travelled to Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Suzhou, Jinzhou, Shenyang and Dalian.  Wherever we went, we tasted very good Chinese food.

In Shanghai we have the delicate green vegetables and many other kinds of food.  In China, people do love food and food is the basis for all the other aspects of life, innovation, invention, high technology and so on.  Even if you produce space shuttle or a lot of cars, you still need to eat good food.

You spend about three hundred, you can have a whole table of good food and eat a full.  Coming back to Sweden, we have to come back to a single dish or very few fresh vegetables.

Chinese food is fresh with a lot of different kinds of vegetables. Chinese food is delicious.  Of course I know a lot of people are not used to Chinese food and don’t appreciate it because they are not used to it.

But comparatively speaking, I feel lucky to be able to eat Chinese food and I really think Chinese food is the best in the world because in the food there is a lot of culture and history as well as stories in them.  And for me the best food is the Tofo and cabbage in Northeast China.

Of course I shouldn’t be so narrow-minded, I think Swedish have a lot of kinds of food for herb use too, such as using plum or linfrö to cure certain diseases.  Chinese food too can be used as a kind of medicine to cure chronicle diseases.

Traditional Chinese Cuisine Delegation visit Sweden and Demark

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Nov. 12(Greenpost)– Traditional Chinese Cuisine Delegation of Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of China visited Sweden and Denmark recently.

Led by Lyu Jing from Jiangsu Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, the delegation includes Mr. Wei Xueyong, researcher from the office, Ms Gao Daiming, Wang Bin, Zhang Jun, Jin Fengbin and Shi Zhiyuan, Masters of Chinese Cuisine.

Lyu Jing said the purpose of the visit is to introduce traditional Chinese cuisine from Huaiyang, Yangzhou and Zhenjiang areas which is one of the four most famous cuisines in China. The other three famous cuisines are from Sichuan, Shandong and Guangdong provinces.

Ms Gao Daiming said she came from a traditional Chinese cuisine family. Among 400 kinds of famous cuisines in China, Huaiyang dishes account for over 70 percent,  up to 290 kinds which have more than 2000 years of history.

Wang Bin who opens cuisine school in Huaiyang area said the Chinese cuisines pay great attention to color, smell, taste and form which are also very good for health.

Huaiyang dishes pay great attention to the original taste of the food and dishes, thus keeping all the vitamins and proteins, good for health. It means the food is never overcooked.

The most famous dish is Lion’s Head which can be steamed and stewed.

The masters showed the local chef in how to make the best Chinese cuisine and indeed attracted about 60 chef to come to cook and over 100 food lovers to taste the gourmet.

The cuisine delegates stayed in Sweden for three days to prepare the food and to cook and teach and visit some places in Stockholm.

The activity was held in Jufu Yuan, Thai Restaurant in Upplands Vasby near Infra Scandic Hotel.  Jufu Yuan means a restaurant that gathers happiness.

Wang Yuli, Manager of Jufu Yuan Restaurant said he was happy to help organize this activity because it helps chefs from China and Sweden to exchange experiences and learn from each other.  In particular this Huaiyang Cuisine tastes very good and is just suitable for us.

After three days, the delegation left for Denmark to introduce one of the best cuisines in China.

120 Guangzhou musik elever besökte Sundbybergs Kulturskolan

Av Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, den 2.sept. (Greenpost)– Det var den 14 i augusti när 120 elever och lärare från Guangzhou ungdomar musik delegation besökte kulturskolan i Sundbyberg.

De var hjärtlig välkomnade av Sofie Aspeqvist, Kulturchef i Sundbyberg.

– Det är fantastiskt att ni har kommit hela vägen hit för att hälsa på oss, och det ska bli väldigt roligt att spela för varandra. Jag ska väldigt kort berätta om den enhet jag är ansvarig för. I enheten så ingår Kulturskolan med musik, konst, dans, teater och bild och form. Varje vecka kommer ungefär 1300 elever.  I enheten har jag också ansvar för stadens konst, den  konsten och den offentliga fasta konsten utomhus. –sa Aspeqvist.

-Jag har också ansvar för den kulturprogramverksamhet som vi har som vi har som är för dem som bor i äldrevården och för barn och vuxna. Vi har också ett hus för utom det här, som heter Allaktivitetshuset som föreningar, där många föreningar skapar sina egna arrangemang.–sa Aspeqvist.

Aspeqvist sa att Sundbyberg stad har idag 47 000 invånare, det är inte så mycket men det kommer att bli fler, vi kommer att bli 80 000 invånare om 15 år.

-Det är Sveriges minsta till ytan kommun och är den mest tättbefolkade, men jämfört med Kina så tycker nog det inte är så många. Nu är ni här och även om vi inte pratar samma språk så har vi musiken gemensamt, och nu ska det bli jättekul att få lyssna på er! –

Magnus Bohman som leder verksamheten här på musikskolan i Sundbyberg tackade för den fina musiken.

–Det är fantastiskt att ni kommer från Kina och vi är i Sverige och vi pratar samma språk precis som Sofie sa. Musikskolan i Sundbyberg, där jobbar 14 stycken musiklärare, vi undervisar på trumpet, fiol, piano, gitarr, slagverk och flera andra instrument. Varje vecka så möter vi cirka 560 elever och vi har stor fokus på ensembleverksamhet här i Sundbyberg. Vi har blåsorkester precis som ni, stråkensamble, piano orkester, folkmusik, körer, och så vidare. Så som sagt, stor fokus på samspel. Det var jätteroligt att få höra på er och ni är jättevälkomma hit till Sundbyberg, Sverige, och det skulle vara trevligt att få komma till Kina och hälsa på.– sa Bohman.

Studenterna från båda sidorna spelade fantastisk musik. Sedan tog Bohman delegationen rund skolan och det fanns kinesisk översättning på varjerum.

översättning:
1. Keramikverkstad 陶瓷工作室
2. Syatelje 缝纫工作室
3. konstateljé 艺术工作室
4. aggregat 爱吉瑞高特
5. musikskolan 音乐学校
6. replokalen musik 1 排练厅
7. dansstudion dans 1 舞蹈排练厅
8. teaterstudion teater ateljén 戏曲排练厅,剧场
9. Orkestersalen 交响乐排练厅
De två skolornas elever och lärare hälsade vänskapligt innan de skildes åt.

Gittarlärare Anders Delin och fiolärare Irina Kensborn från Sundbybergsmusikskola lyssnade på kinesiska och svenska studenterskonserten.

Bilder av Shuang Yan och Texter av Xuefei Chen Axelsson.

Video: The Closing Ceremony Concert of 2017 The Fourth Stockholm International Arts Festival 6

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Aug. 24 (Greenpost)– The Closing Ceremony Concert of 2017  The Fourth Stockholm International Arts Festival was held in Musikaliska on Aug.20, 2017.  The videos is as the following:

北欧绿色邮报网报道(记者陈雪霏)– 2017第四届斯德哥尔摩国际艺术节闭幕式音乐会8月20日在斯京圆满落下帷幕。视频如下:

Section 6: Yellow River Cantata

23. Piano solo: Ode to the Yellow River (Yellow River piano concerto), performed by Yan Shuang Lindblom

24. Song: Wrath of the Yellow River, soloist: Zou Rongmei, accompanist: Yan Shuang Lindblom

25. Song: Defend the Yellow River, performed by all the artists, accompanist: Yan Shuang Lindblom

Closing song

Chorus Beethoven Ninth Symphony “Ode to Joy” performed by all the artists,

accompanists: Anders Delin(guitar), Jing Wu (flute), Shiyu Thang(piano)

The concert ended with Prize awarding ceremony & group photo.

Filmed by Xuefei Chen Axelsson. Text: Åsa Wretman.

Video: The Closing Ceremony Concert of 2017 The Fourth Stockholm International Arts Festival 4

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Aug. 24 (Greenpost)– The Closing Ceremony Concert of 2017  The Fourth Stockholm International Arts Festival was held on Aug.20, 2017.  The videos is as the following:

Section 4: Nordic Fellings

13. Piano solo: The Witch (Tchaikovsky), performer: Leo Long Lindblom, the winner of Stockholm International Music Competition

Piano solo: Dream, performer: Annes Fewiy, this is a song he produced by himself

Piano solo: Sonata, performer: Amy-Louise Hohnsson

14. Bach sonata in C major 2nd movement for flute and piano, performer: Jing Wu

15. Guitar solo: Vivaldi guitar concerto second movement, performer: Anders Delin, from Royal Swedish Academy of Music

16. Scheidler sonata in D major, piano: Yan Shuang Lindblom, flute: Jing Wu, guitar: Anders Delin