“There are too many lovely flowers in the world. Tao Yuan Ming in Jin Dynasty loved only chrysanthemum. People usually were interested in peony since Tang Dynasty. However, I do like lotus which is clean even being in the muddy pond. It is so pure, delicate and bright. The lotus is consistent, continue and coherent deep inside. It appears to be straight, proper and honest. It gives a fantastically good smell and people could even sense its excellent smell far away. It has no unnecessary branches. It can be only appreciated distantly but not touched blasphemously. I am convinced that the chrysanthemum is a recluse while the peony is a rich and the lotus is undoubtedly the sovereign. We seldom find someone loves chrysanthemum like Tao. Who show the enthusiasm in the lotus in the same way as I do? Then who likes peony? Almost everybody!” A Tale of Lotus Lover by Zhou Dunyi (1017 – 1073)
Determined dreamer. Published author in English, Dutch, and Chinese. Former People’s Liberation Army (PLA) captain turned artist entrepreneur and screenwriter. She survived the Cultural Revolution as a baby. In the 1990’s she left for London and has lived and worked in free exile ever since. Her work covers a wide spectrum. As journalist, she creates content covering a range of topics on contemporary China from an insider perspective. In 2008, during the Beijing Olympics, she hosted a 5-episode talk show TV China for Netherlands’ national broadcaster and discussed China’s media landscape with media stars and experts from both China and the Netherlands. From 2013-2016 she was the Editor-in-Chief of the English/Chinese bilingual magazine XiN 新, focusing on today’s China shaped by consumerism. O’yang contributes a weekly column to Hoje Macau on contemporary Chinese art and culture. Her English language book titles include: Butterfly, a historical crime love story set in the Second World War. Since May 2016 O'yang has been collaborating with Flemish photographer Filip Naudts on an art project, which has resulted in the photo novel The Picture of Dorya Glenn. Julie works from the Netherlands and Denmark.