Long noses do not understand

From his Chinese wife's point of view, Andreas Opfermann will never understand the subtleties of martial arts. But her initial doubts were soon shattered. Different cultures meet again and again in Dresdner Nachbarschaften.

Text: Rosa Hauch · Photo: Yvonn Spauschus

Chinesisch-Deutsches Zentrum Strehlen - Dresdner Nachbarschaften © Y. Spauschus

From his Chinese wife’s point of view, Andreas Opfermann will never understand the subtleties of martial arts. But her initial doubts quickly dissipated.

For the past ten years, he has even been wearing the traditional Chinese clothing almost daily. “It is loose and light. There are thousands of years of experience in these clothes. There is no reason to ignore it. It cools in summer and warms in winter. It doesn’t get any smarter than that.”

For Andreas, Tai Chi was already part of his lifestyle during his studies. In the meantime, he practices Qi Gong, archery, calligraphy, masterfully celebrates the preparation of tea and passes on his knowledge to interested people.

Those who wish learn to understand that there is a difference between the inner culture and the outer forms of the techniques. “Everything we learn cultivates us and eventually we understand the interplay of details and their complexity.”

Confucius says, stay curious

Well, Confucius chose different words. “Education creates confidence. Confidence creates hope. Hope creates peace.”

And since 2003, Andreas has been concerned with education and trust as a founding member of the Sino-German Centre. In the various projects, he is not alone in this either. The team is growing and so is the interest in culture, in cultures. For Chinese young people in turn find German things they take for granted exotic.

Flower boxes are so spectacularly beautiful

Especially in northern China, it is almost impossible or infinitely expensive to indulge in the luxury of flowers on the balcony. The climate is too dry and too windy. In northern China, balconies are used pragmatically, for drying laundry.

Andrea’s parents-in-law have a small balcony with a few jasmine plants. But that’s only because the blossoms flavour the tea that people there love to drink.

More information

Chinesisch-Deutsches Zentrum e.V. · 01219 Dresden
Altstrehlen 5 · 01219 Dresden
Contact: Si Cao (Chinese German Language Corner), Andreas Opfermann (Media and public relations)
Mail: mail@huadezhongxin.org · Phone: 0351 459 34 63

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