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Alice Schmatzberger – founder of ChinaCultureDesk

Alice Schmatzberger of ChinaCultureDesk would like to see a more differentiated approach to China

“China – Opportunity or Danger?”, “The Yellow Giant” or “The Red Dragon” – Alice Schmatzberger can only roll her eyes at such headlines. China is more than good or evil. She often misses an in-between and the depth of the country in the debate. For this reason, the Austrian co-founded the ChinaCultureDesk in 2013 – a platform that promotes intercultural communication between China and Austria. Together with her colleagues, Schmatzberger aims to display more diverse images of China. To this end, they give lectures, moderate panel discussions, research new developments in the country and write books. Schmatzberger’s book “More than Mozart & Mao! Everyday Stories from Austria and China” (Mehr als Mozart und Mao! Alltagsgeschichten aus Österreich und China). In the book, she and her interviewees look back on 50 years of diplomatic relations between Austria and the People’s Republic.

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