And the travelling exhibition continues ... Opening of the exhibition in the library of Beijing Foreign Languages University

Event: Social Justice and Trade Unions

Following the official project cycle, the travelling exhibition on the social history of Germany is continuously displayed in China. On July 10th the exhibition was officially opened in the library of Beijing Foreign Languages University. Students of German studies and staff of the Beijing Foreign Languages University followed the welcoming speeches and the guided tour through the exhibition closely.

Photo: Yan Guohua, Vice-Rector at Beijing Foreign Languages University, and Dr. Leng Hui, Lecturer at the German Department of Beijing Foreign Languages University, are listening to Mr. Christoph Pohlmann’s remarks on the social history of Germany.

Even though the official project cycle of the travelling exhibition called “With the Future in Mind – An Illustrated History of Social Security in Germany”, which is originally a permanent exhibition in the German Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) and travelled through China, has finished, the exhibition will still be presented to the public for some further months. Two further locations are planned: Beijing Foreign Languages University and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung are setting up the travelling exhibition at two campuses of the University. On July 10th 2015, the exhibition was officially opened at the library of the main campus of Beijing Foreign Languages University by Yan Guohua, Vice-Rector at Beijing Foreign Languages University and Christoph Pohlmann, Resident Representative for China of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. Following their speeches Mr. Christoph Pohlmann guided the students and university staff through the exhibition giving details about the social history of Germany.

The exhibition will stay until the end of August, when it will be transported to Foshan, Guangzhou Province, where a new campus of Beijing Foreign Languages University will be set up and officially opened in the beginning of September.

During the original project cycle the exhibition was presented in cooperation of the Chinese Institute of Social Security of Renmin University and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung of Germany and was being supported by the German Embassy in Beijing.

During the discussion, the matter must also be viewed from a psychological and socio-cultural perspective with respect to the diverse psychological pressures that women, especially the ones of labour migrant families, are facing. It was stated that the problems of both countries seem comparable; the different situations however lead to different kinds of possible solutions. In the Chinese case, the promotion of rule of law by the central government was seen as a crux of the matter. It was stated that change in society and state laws are mutually dependent. In Germany, the social partners have a bigger role to play shaping debates and influencing policies on the topic.

The travelling exhibition was displayed at two locations in Chengdu. It was first shown at the municipal library of Chengdu. This is where the roundtable discussion and official opening took place. The travelling exhibition then moved to the Cultural Palace of the Workers in Chengdu, which is affiliated with the All-China Federation of Trade Unions of the Sichuan Province and close to universities.

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