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Luoheng Zhan: “Not all Asians are the same” | Nothing against but



Luoheng Zhan: "Not all Asians are the same" |  Nothing against but

She lived in Lisbon for a year, and it was in Portugal that the pandemic found this young Chinese woman. For a while, this undergraduate student in Portuguese from the Shanghai University of International Studies was afraid to go out because of her Asian appearance and responsibility for the new coronavirus, which many attributed to her country.

He likes Saramago, but prefers to read it in Chinese “because of his own comma and dotless writing style” – he considers a Portuguese breakfast of bread, coffee or milk to be “monotonous” and he likes “modern” Lisbon. Despite nostalgia for his homeland, Chong Qing, one of the largest metropolitan areas in China with over 20 million inhabitants, Luoheng Zhan sums it up in good Portuguese as “a mountain city that combines antiquity and modernity.”

She came to Portugal on an exchange program with the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and is studying Portuguese on the advice of her parents, who saw a promising future for their daughter in this language. Portugal was Luohan’s “small but very developed” country, “famous for its football.”

Luoheng is 24 years old, and in this he is no different from many other young people, Portuguese, Chinese or other nationalities. Smiling, she says that in Portugal she is being asked “some strange questions about the Chinese” and that the Portuguese she met are “very interested in the politics and political regime of China,” which she admits is not very well known to her.

“The size of your country and the distance helps explain some of the prejudices,” says Luohan. “Since we have a very large population, it is normal for foreigners to think that any Asian is Chinese.” But Konichiwawho many greet her with is not Chinese. It’s Japanese.

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Luoheng also wants to take this opportunity to explain, “Most Chinese people do not eat dogs and are very critical of dog consumption.” As for the mystery of the Chinese funeral – “some friends are very curious because they have never seen a Chinese funeral in Portugal.” -, his limited experience in the country does not allow him to answer. “To be honest, I don’t know how it works either.”

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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