The Header shows three village elders of 东北阳 Dōng Běi Yáng and me as well as my best Chinese friend with her niece and nephew.
About this blog
This blog is about life in today’s China with stories about my personal experiences when studying, working and traveling in the People’s Republic as well as comments and links to articles about Chinese culture and society. I try to give background information on historical developments whenever possible.
My blog includes a category that provides information about events taking place in Switzerland.
Here I am with a group of English students at the Sunny Hotel in Beijing.
My name is Katri Naef-Tahvanainen. I was born and raised in northern Finland. I spent a year as an exchange student in an American high school, which was a life changing experience that set the direction for my future. Intercultural communication is my field of work. My job is teaching languages, translating, interpreting and giving talks on Chinese culture and society.
More than 30 years ago I moved to Switzerland to live with the love of my life. We have two sons and two lovely grandkids.
My first encounter with Chinese culture was in my teens when I read a book written by Lin Yutang. I found it fascinating, because the setting and the ideas were so different from anything I had known so far. I made my first trip to China over 13 years ago and have been going there regularly ever since.
My education: Master of Arts in Linguistics and a couple of foreign languages at the University of Turku in Finland and Master of Arts in Social Anthropology and Science of Religion at the University of Bern in Switzerland including courses in Sinology at the University of Zürich.
I give talks on the following topics: “The Art of Peking Opera” and “The Fascination of Chinese Names” in German and English.
If you’d like to contact me, please write to katri.naef[at]gmx.ch.