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Romantic Challenges in Asia (R.C.A.)

by Yiwen Eliens


Photo: taken in the Langmusi village, China

After I finished my Ph.D. in 2011, I took a year off, to travel in China, together with my husband Anton and our baby Yvette (18 months).

Why travel in Asia for one year?

My Ph.D. research was related to the domain of cultural heritage, especially in the Netherlands. Now, what is the current status of the cultural heritage in China and the related scientific research in this domain? And how can I contribute with my knowledge and experience? Very interesting questions for me to investigate.

China is a big country with great diversity. As a Chinese, I have limited knowledge about my own background. As a kind of field research, I wanted to see, to feel and to understand more about the culture, the landscape, most importantly, the people and their life. I hope I could get more information about my own identity and new inspirations for my future life.

Because of visa issues, we had to move often between China and other Asian countries/areas (Laos, Thailand, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hongkong, etc.) by crossing the country border. Travelling in other Asian counties enriches our knowledge and experience in Asia, most importantly, it provides a comparative insight between China and its neighbors.

At the end of travelling, we were back in Shanghai, my hometown in the east of China. Together with Anton, we both participated in the workshop “China Dream” (by JUCCCE 聚思) for which the sketch gives a visualization of the dreamer, taking the time to rest and reflect on issues of daily life, against the background of urban setting(s).

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Moderne Hippies Markt at Amsterdam Roest on feb. 23 >>> The 60’s, 70’s Hippies used their distinct art and music to rebel against authority and fight for free spirits, love and goods. However, from apple pie, cloth to hair cut, everything on the Markt is pricey instead of free. The Moderne Hippies Markt without flowers become a commercial urban fashion event. What a nice space.


“白荷媽媽” 是白瑩與荷妏合作,於2014年2月20日開始,在荷蘭的華文報紙《聯合時報》(United Times)上開設的親子育兒專欄,由荷妏主筆。專欄名稱 “白荷” 取自兩位合作者名字的第一個字組合而成。白瑩與荷妏是兩位分別來自中國廣州與上海的媽媽,她們在荷蘭成家立業,生兒育女。正所謂,“十月懷胎,喜為人母,辛勤育兒,自知甘苦”。在東西方不同文化的熏陶下,究竟她們是對孩子嚴厲要求的中國式“虎媽”,還是自由放養的荷蘭式“羊媽”?希望藉由此專欄,和讀者分享她們在荷蘭養育孩子的故事。