Chinese fast-food restaurants, the Four Tigers market and myriad products in countless shops: many things and a lot of people in Budapest seem to be “made in China”. Some wonder where all the Chinese have suddenly come from, while others have been going to school with them, doing business with them or have been married to them for years. Nevertheless, the lack of knowledge about the immigrants from East Asia is great. The Hungarian and Chinese communities often live parallel to one another rather than together, a fact that easily gives rise to prejudice. To learn more about the Chinese minority in Hungary, Lisa Weil spoke to Tian Yang Zhang, one of the editors of the radio programme Csodálatos Mandarin on Tilos Rádió, and Dr. Gergely Salát, director of the centre for Modern China Research at the Confucius Institute of Eötvös Loránd University and the editor of Konfucius Krónika.
The international community came together on Friday 5 November to raise HUF 1.5 million (EUR 5,468) for charity – over twice the amount donated during the Bonfire Night charity event last year. Stephen Linfitt, the event organiser, took the occasion of the 10th anniversary of XpatLoop.com to put on the event for The Smiling Hospital Foundation. More than 250 people attended, including many distinguished locals, ministry officials and media personalities. ExpatsÂ including several ambassadors, senior diplomats, leading business figures and a whole variety of socialites all joined in the celebration.