David Feng to Host Hebei Photo Exhibition Launch Event at University of Westminster on 31 October 2015

David Feng to Host Hebei Photo Exhibition Launch Event at University of Westminster on 31 October 2015

I’m really happy to share with everyone that I’ve been confirmed as an event emcee of a photo exhibition about the province of Hebei. This will be held at 14:00 on 31 October 2015 as part of the opening ceremonies.

Hebei could be just any other random province out there, but since winning the rights to host the Beijing & Zhangjiakou 2022 Olympics, it has become the epicentre of a huge amount of publicity. Its close proximity to Beijing, plus a further regional integration project well underway to get Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei even closer, means that the province of Hebei is increasingly a Big in China.

With Hebei being as key as it is — hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics — it’s time the rest of the world in London knew what this place is all about. We’ll be having lots of pictures that will hopefully take your breath away. You’ll actually get to see the non-Beijing part of China that will host the games in 2022. And you’ll actually see some liquid stuff (Beijing is landlocked; but Hebei is right on the coast).

So join me as we start the show: 14:00 on 31 October 2015. This will be at Fyvie Hall at the University of Westminster’s Regent Street Campus (309 Regent Street). The entire exhibition will remain viewable to the public through to 06 November 2015.

Get more info — and get tickets (free!)

See you there!

Please Mind the Gap Between Beijing and London

Posted by on Jul 29, 2012 in Culture, London, United Kingdom | No Comments

By all counts, Beijing’s megashow in the summer of 2008 was one of the best done in recent Olympics history. It welcomed the world to a very Chinese Games, whilst fully making use of new technology. It also turned the world upside-down in that Australia, because of its first character in Chinese being way too complex, had to come in just about last! (But that’s how it must work Down Under!…)

Beijing started to lose it, though, at the closing ceremony, when it tried to grasp on to the games for dear life in its rather more desperate closing acts. When London sprinkled Beijing with its Whole Lotta Love, it introduced the Chinese capital to a much more relaxed way of life. The two countries are (or were) the same in that they don’t have presidents directly elected (China used to have an Emperor, and the Brits still have Her Majesty safely intact, most gracefully). But the UK introduced a much more laid-back way of promoting their games, when the roles of the common man were shown instead of royal majesty, whereas the Chinese were too into them showing off their history.

The Chinese actually toned down their revolutionary communism with remarkable grace. The sole reference to the red flags, so to speak, came at the start, when a pro-PRC ode was played, along with the army officers throwing the red PRC flag into the Beijing sky, to the tune of the Chinese anthem. At all the other times, either sportsmanship or Confucius dominated the show.

2008: A Look Back — Big David Feng Things

When seven Mac revolutionaries started this thing called the Beijing Macintosh User Group about six years ago, one of the first thing we were dying for: an Apple Store. The US was getting them by the boatload, and one of those stores hit home pretty close — in Japan, that is.

This thing called the East China Sea was all that separated the People’s Republic from an Apple Store. (And, of course, Supreme Command it seemed — from 1 Infinite Loop.)

Back in the day, an Apple Store seemed a remote paradise. Then came the iPod. The iPhone. The whole Mac-shebang. BootCamp. YouNameIt.

Suddenly, the Mac became “something”.

It became a very big “something” on July 19, 2008, when the Apple Store was about to open in Sanlitun. Oh my God. The crowds. The overnight waiting. I was number six, but that meant nothing not being number one. What made the whole thing really worthwhile was not the mass tweeting, but to be part of Beijing Mac history with the Mac community.

Celebrating the Successful Hosting of the Games at the Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall

Celebrating the Successful Hosting of the Games at the Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall

Looking odd here? All red, white, and yellow? Read further inside this post to see why this is the case!

Yesterday, the Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall, where I’m at as part of my Beijing 2008 commitment, had a rather special evening. Virtually nobody at the exhibition hall had any real in-depth international experience, and yet they wanted to be as multilingual as possible — those posts around town in a great variety of languages might very well have been the reason why. They picked me as event host in a gala that included a lot of dancing and singing — in front of everyone, city officials (such as a deputy mayor) included!

Me working at this place meant that I often had to deal in matters directly related to very high-level visits. In comparison, hosting a city mayor was far less of a tall order for me. I had to, however, do my bit in English, German, French, Italian and Korean, and you knew a simple Google Translate might not always do the job well. Even more importantly, I had to remember as many phrases off by heart as possible.

To make this a uniquely Chinese event, I was dressed in very Chinese shades — red for me, and yellow for the other host. Those of us who knew China well, though, wouldn’t be surprised: the emperor of dynasties past would always choose yellow, and red was what was donned during festive, not “warning”, events. So I do admit I’d look a little weird in “all-red” in the West, but in China, this would be far less of an issue.

This is 2008

Posted by on Jan 6, 2008 in Beijing, China, David Feng Views | No Comments

The year 2007 was characterized by a continuous stream of efforts and achievements on all front in terms of my three careers — those involving the Apple Macintosh, media, and innovative new projects. The year 2008 is set to be a banner year — in essence the best year ever.

Looking ahead, the Beijing Macintosh Union will grow to be a unique Macintosh union, not just in Beijing, but beyond any frontiers, city or national. We will grow the membership, grow the resources, and grow the BeiMac platform and BeiMac world. We will keep on being solid, firm supporters of “everyone’s favorite fruit company”, Apple.

The media world will see some of the most exciting moments of the year 2008. After my three months at blognation China, I’ve picked up a sizeable audience and will continue to be an active blogger in the Chinese tech world. I’ve launched techblog86, which will focus on the Greater China tech, mobile and startup worlds, and the “Mind the Gap Saturdays” will now migrate to techblog86, a new Chinese tech blog. I will also be active in radio, being a frequent guest in both English and Chinese on Radio Beijing, and also continue to remain active and continue to have an active attitude in media involvements regarding TV, Internet and public media, including public speaking and public events presentations.

The Beijingology Network will continue to grow. In January 2008, we will have over 2,000 articles, and we will continue to grow in terms of quality, not just quantity. The Beijingology partnership with City Weekend will deepen in the year 2008, because I personally feel like sharing good things with other people. Throughout all of the year 2008, I will continue to remain busy, but I will also be productive all 366 days of the year.

When Public Speaking Becomes Like Driving

Posted by on May 19, 2007 in Beijing, China, Presentations, Public Speaking | No Comments

My driving school teacher back in Winterthur, Switzerland, had some golden words to say about a year I got my driving license. His words of wisdom: Once you know how to drive, you can pick it up pretty much from where you left — even if you had a gap of several long years. The same applies when you grab the microphone as much as it does when you grab the steering wheel.

Having done speeches early on, I know what being in front of the stage means. It means one thing — not having stage fright. If you act stupid, at the very best, expect a hundred blank stares; if it was a mistake on the stage in a fashion contest (as was the case with yours truly on April 16, 2004; the masses, not the mistakes), you’ll look like an idiot in front of a good thousand.

But what if you dump it for the best part of three years? How does it feel picking up after three years? That’s what I did. I haven’t spoken to an audience over around 110 in about the best part of three years. So to me, it felt kind of like of… you know, new frontiers, and stuff like that. I know I’ve been through this before. Yet it’s been three years. My mission: to tell the audience about a five-minute video I’ve done about Beijing in the run-up to 2008.