Category - Other Cool Stuff

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Orchestra of Spheres: Te China Rockumentary (Presented by Kiwese)
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Our Nation’s Diversity: A Key To New Zealand’s Future Success – New Rotary Initiative
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Quiz Night
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Adrian Macey: Can China save the Planet?
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文艺青年们的惠灵顿
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What is: Culture & Art Youth
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Sharing is loving – a guide for China related websites & blogs
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My conversations with XiaoBing – The Microsoft robot chatting girl

Orchestra of Spheres: Te China Rockumentary (Presented by Kiwese)

Following Orchestra of Spheres and Lady Lazer Light’s nine-date tour of China last October, Kiwese (https://kiwese.co.nz/) presents Orchestra of Spheres: Te China Rockumentary, a five-part series documenting New Zealand’s undisputed masters of audio-visual overstimulation on tour in China for the first time.

The first New Zealand production of it’s kind, the series features tour diary narrative, live footage from Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming and Dali, interviews with local acts Baxian Fandian, Death Narcissist, South Acid MiMi Dance Team and Su, candid encounters with fans, bands, labels and venues from music scenes around the country and on the road documentation of China’s food, transport and everyday life. The NZCFS is proud to support Kiwese in the release of this five-part documentary.

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Our Nation’s Diversity: A Key To New Zealand’s Future Success – New Rotary Initiative

Rotary District 9940 is establishing a new online Rotary Club. This E-Club is based on the Rotary District’s values of respecting, connecting and investing in the well-being and development of diverse local communities.

The District is looking for people from many different localities, cultures and walks of life across New Zealand to gather together via the E-Club to change perceptions, increase understanding and inspire communities to thrive and improve their own self-worth and well-being. The New Zealand China Friendship Society is interested in hearing if any members would like to join this online Rotary Club. Additional information on the club and how to join is below:

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Quiz Night

The NZCFS and the VUW Chinese Club will be holding a quiz night on Thursday 30th at 6.00pm at the Hotel Bristol on Cuba Street.

It’ll be a Chinese New Zealand themed quiz with 6-8 rounds of questions! Come along with you friends on the day and make a group of 4 to compete! But if you don’t have a group of 4 come along and meet some new people on the day!

But it would be great if you can hit attending if you are coming so we can get a gage of numbers!

https://www.facebook.com/NZCFSWellington?ref=hl#!/events/745161782264111/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular&feed_story_type=17

Can’t wait to see you there!

NZ China Quiz

NZ China Quiz

Adrian Macey: Can China save the Planet?

Dr Adrian Macey spoke at the Wellington Branch meeting on Wednesday 15 October. From 2006 to 2014, Adrian was New Zealand’s first climate change ambassador, and he was responsible for the international climate change negotiations, coordination of international policy and domestic outreach. In June 2010 he was elected Vice Chair of the UNFCCC Kyoto Protocol negotiations, and then served as Chair for 2011. Adrian is also an Adjunct Professor at the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington. In addition, Michael Powles, the President of the Wellington Branch, was Adrian’s first boss in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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文艺青年们的惠灵顿

这个城市可能包含着你那颗文艺心灵的所有想像。

总觉得惠灵顿是一个有爱的城市。之所以这么说,是因为这里的人们每天都要接受冷酷天气的考验,如果不能承受各式各样的坏天气的话,也许就不能在这里久呆。各种各样的坏天气里,包含了风暴,倾盆大雨,大风,无休无止的刮风,绵绵不断的细雨;倾盆大雨或绵绵不断的细雨配着无休无止的刮风。在这里有两样东西不可活:帽子和头型。

你懂得。

可是为什么说这里是个文艺青年的必经之旅呢?

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What is: Culture & Art Youth

(Image Forever Young from Mina Anot)

科普贴

Culture & Art Youth (文艺青年 pingyin: Wen Yi Qing Nian, C & A Youth) is a name given to someone who loves art and culture in China.

Recently, these people have been getting a lot of attentions by the Chinese media and the public, as people are starting to recognise a considerable amount of them raising in China, especially in the cities. Starting from 2011, people posted pictures to compare normal youth (Pu Tong Qing Nian, 普通青年), Stupid youth (2b Qing Nian, 2b青年) and Art & Culture youth (Wen Yi Qing Nian, 文艺青年).

普通文艺2b Normal Art&Culture 2b  Youth

普通文艺2b Normal, Culture & Art, 2b Youth (Picture source: guoke.com)

The competition went viral as many people entered the competition online.

Some people argue that these people should be called the Chinese Hipsters. There are some common characteristics between the general term Hipster and the Chinese Hipster. Hipster is described by Urban Dictionary as:

“a subculture of men and women typically in their 20’s and 30’s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter.”

The C & A youth possess most of the above, however, they are still different in their own right, in this article I try to find out what these art, culture, literature and fashion loving youth.

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Sharing is loving – a guide for China related websites & blogs

I want to share with you some of the websites that I have been following to catch up with China related news, some of them are serious journalism (if not biased); some of them are Chinese news agencies’ English websites that are targeting English speaking audiences; some of them are blogs that digested information directly from popular Chinese websites; and some of them are personal blogs that sharing anything from travel, food to fun facts about China.

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My conversations with XiaoBing – The Microsoft robot chatting girl

Microsoft China launched the intelligent chatting robot Xiao Bing in May 2014. It was first launched on We Chat but was banned by Tencent (the company that owns We Chat) after two days it was launched. Tencent claimed that the Xiao Bing account was not obeying their company rules. 24 days later in June, Microsoft has settled an agreement with Sina and launched Xiao Bing on its’ popular Twitter like website Weibo.

The Xiao Bing Weibo account shows that Xiao Bing is a female, astrological sign is Virgo, lives in Beijing DongCheng district, she is the sister of Microsoft Cortana and has 954707 fans.

Xiao Bing app uses the “big data technology” to search into Microsoft search engine Bing’s database to generates her conversations with the app users.  According to Market Watch:

“Microsoft Xiaobing is the crystallization of collective wisdom. Relying on Microsoft’s technology accumulation in mass data, natural semantic analysis, machine learning, and neural network, she has combined the wisdom of nearly 700 million netizens for years in China to refine more than 15 million pieces of real and interesting dialogue data.”

With great curiosity I downloaded the Xiao Bing app on my Android phone,  and checked her out. The following conversations are between me and Xiao Bing (XB).

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