Paola Sellitto, who has been interested in Chinese culture, chose to study Chinese culture, history and art in college in her home country. This interest saw her relocating to Shenzhen in 2006 soon after she graduated and obtained her degree in Chinese language and literature. At First, she worked at a trade company and soon started a family. She left her job to dedicate herself to her family. It was during this period that she developed a great passion for books.
The SUSTech School of Design was officially established April 8, 2020 as a department in the university. At the same time, Thomas Kvan was appointed as the founding dean of the design school via a global selection. This opportunity finally brought Kvan to Shenzhen. Before this, Kvan spent over 30 years in Hong Kong and has visited Shenzhen for many times. Kvan said that he has seen Shenzhen emerge into an important city not only in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, but also in the world.
Duiu Onofrei has been teaching Qwan Ki Do in the city for five years. Onofrei, a Romanian martial arts instructor and volunteer, came to China because he was fascinated by the country, which is known as the birthplace of martial arts. Onofrei said he dreams to inherit and carry forward the spirit of martial arts, and to encourage more young people to practice martial arts in Shenzhen.
Shenzhen has a calling card — a key city for national soccer development. Shenzheners love nature and sports. Soccer, a sport with a long history, is brimming with vitality in Shenzhen, a young coastal city. Filipe Neto Maia, a Portuguese expat who has been living in the city for eight years, feels the same way. Maia is the founder of the soccer school called Portuguese Football Warriors. He first worked for a wine company and then discovered that China lacked a soccer culture, so he decided to open his own soccer school in Shenzhen.
Sava Tomoiaga, who hails from Romania, was invited by the city's foreign affairs office to witness the ceremony to launch Shenzhen's evaluation guideline for the development of international blocks at a conference in Qianhai Kerry Center in September. Among a wide range of evaluation indicators that were released in the guideline, a specific one — Chinese and foreign cultural exchanges — was going into Tomoiaga’s considerations because she currently serves as the president of Shenzhen Women's International Club (SWIC), an expat women's social club.
In Shekou, if you bump into a Latin American family who start dancing at a HeyTea store while waiting for their bubble tea, that could be the Angaritas from Colombia. “Being an expat mom in Shenzhen is difficult and busy, but it’s fulfilling,” said Karla Angarita, a mother of three and kindergarten teacher at Shen Wai International School. "Shenzhen is welcoming. It's open, and you find a support system within your school community, your city community, and your neighborhood that makes it different."
Having achieved great economic success over the past decades, Shenzhen has gone all out to transform itself into one of China's most sustainable cities. This cannot be done without the support of companies contributing to the city. The Bosch Shenzhen plant is among those that have powerfully invested to support the city’s efforts toward environmental protection. Italian Marco Morea, 50, and German Sebastian Hardt, 41, have been working for Bosch Group for a long time and decided to move to the company's Shenzhen location.
As an “international garden city,” Shenzhen is accelerating the construction of a national sustainable development agenda innovation demonstration zone, implementing the strictest ecological environmental protection system, to create a safe and efficient production space, a comfortable and livable living space, and an ecological space of lucid waters and blue sky.
The Information Office of Shenzhen Municipal People's Government has joined hands with Shenzhen Daily to launch a series of reports titled “Decade of Transformation,” to tell the story of Shenzhen in the eyes of expats. Rafael Saavedra, a popular YouTuber who has been living and working in China for seven years, will show you Shenzhen, a young Chinese city on the move.