The German Chinese Culture Center was established by Xie Luishin in 2002. That a Chinese national sets up an institution to foster the cultural exchange between two countries is nothing unusual. However, Xie had become a German citizen in meantime, studying viola at the revered Stuttgart conservatory.
His achievements as a musician obviously did not go unnoticed in China. Hence we was recalled by his mother country to head the arts and design faculty at Nanchang university. Nanchang is the capital city of Jiangxi province (close to Shanghai) whose university teaches 70,000 students every year.
Back in China, Xie not only headed the construction of the new buildings of the arts and design faculty, but continued his work to bring the two cultures together.
What better than music and arts to find the common ground between seemingly remote civilizations. He founded the concentus musici, a group of professional musicians and students, many of whom have studied in Germany. The concentus musici emphasizes performing German classical as well as unsung Chinese composers. The mixture is well received in Nanchang where the weekly concerts are always sold out.
Xie has however farther reaching goals: establish a German cultural week which would take place in October, right after the Germans observe their national merger and the Chinese fete the formation of the Communist state. He intends to attract German writers who will read their writings to Germanophiles.
With his very good contacts to musicians all over the world, it is easy for Xie to call and many will come. It is rumored that Chengbi An will compose a piece especially for this event.
Among this flurry of activities, does Xie himself find the time to enjoy the arts he so skillfully introduces and supervises. "I have always dreamt of bringing together my home country and my adopted country. To see that others appreciate what I have already lived is a tremendous satisfaction which lets me forget that my violin idles. I particularly hope that my children will be able to savor my work."
Apparently a big crowd has joined his children in enjoying the work of the German Chinese cultural center.