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After three years, over 60 events, and a lot of lessons learnt, we look back at what we have achieved so far. Take a look at our local and global history, our programs, and our community.
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On December 3 2018, at last event of the year of Asia Society Switzerland, 150 people rushed into the chapel of the Helferei in Zurich’s old town. They came to see Uli Sigg,the world’s foremost collector of contemporary Chinese art and Kai Strittmatter, journalist and foreign correspondent to China.
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Once more we have asked our members, this year's speakers as well as our colleagues all over the world what they have been reading lately. Here is our list of book recommendations, a selection for the travelling the world through windows of time and space – page by page.
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For years, the Sinica podcast has been a great resource for anyone interested in China – be it its history, politics, economics or culture. Co-hosted by Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn, the podcast features hour-long conversations with different guests every week. Recently, Sinica has also been launching a series of other China-related podcasts in its network. On occasion of the live taping of an episode of Sinica in Zurich, we spoke to host Kaiser Kuo.
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The Honorable Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia and President of the Asia Society Policy Institute, joined Asia Society Switzerland on November 14 to talk about China, the current trade war with the U.S. and how Europe best deals with the constantly growing influence of the Middle Kingdom. In this interview, Kevin Rudd talks with us about how he tries to tackle social inequalities, why nationalism is a threat and important media regulations.
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The outspoken scholar Rogier Creemers has been a guest of the Sinica Podcast on the social credit system that was recorded live on October 31 2018 at the Asia Society Switzerland. With an obvious thirst for understanding everything and a humble claim for his work's reach – especially because of knowing so much – a conversation with Rogier is as entertaining as insightful.
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Kevin Rudd, President of the Asia Society Policy Institute and former Prime Minister of Australia, talked about U.S.-China relations, China’s balancing act in managing slowing growth domestically and massive investments with the Belt and Road initiative globally, about the EU, Switzerland, and Australia on November 14, 2018, in Zurich.
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Manya Koetse, founder and editor-in-chief of What's on Weibo, joined Asia Society Switzerland on October 31 for a Sinica Podcast live recording on the topic «The Social Credit System: Orwellian Nightmare or Digital Business as Usual?». In this interview, she talks about her blog What's on Weibo, social media usage in China and what she has planned in the coming years.
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It was a first: the live taping of one of Asia Society Switzerland’s favorite podcasts – the Sinica Podcast of SupChina. Host Kaiser Kuo discussed the controversial topic of China’s Social Credit System with China social trend watcher Manya Koetse and China law and digital technology scholar Rogier Creemers.
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Melissa Guzy – Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Arbor Ventures – joined Asia Society Switzerland on October 15 and introduced the Asian FinTech scene to an interested audience. In this interview, she gives her personal view on changing working environments in Asia, how the FinTech scene changes the whole financial sector, and why women in leading positions are better represented in Asia than in the U.S. and Europe.

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