German-Chinese Bilateral Understanding  


From the beginning, it was Thomas Derksen's intention not only to make humorous videos but also to contribute to the German-Chinese international understanding.


His videos are an important part of his work, trying to bring the two different cultures together. But other projects also make an important contribution. 

Member of the Delegation During the Official State Visit to China of Germany's Federal President


Thomas Derksen participated in the first state visit of Frank-Walter Steinmeier in his function as Federal President of the Federal Republic of Germany in the People's Republic of China. The theme of the trip was digitization and artificial intelligence.


In addition to high-ranking guests from Germany, Thomas Derksen was the only delegation resident in China. 


Dinner with German Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas 

As one of six Germans living in China, Thomas Derksen was invited by the German Embassy in Beijing for a dinner with the Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.


The Minister informed himself about the life and work of Germans in China and discussed questions of German-Chinese relations with them. 


Videos Regarding Learning German in China in cooperation with the German Embassy Beijing​


English is still the No. 1 foreign language in China. However, German is also becoming increasingly popular in the Middle Kingdom.


In order to make the official school partnership initiative of the Federal Government "PASCH - Schools of the Future" accessible to a broader public, AfuThomas made two videos about learning German. Initiated by the German Embassy in Beijing, Thomas Derksen accompanied current and former German learners. So he participated in the German Olympiade in Xi'an and accompanied a staff member of Thyssen-Krupp.


Empfang von internationalen Stars in Shanghai

The 1st Shanghai Import Expo

The Shanghai Import Expo was the most important major event in Shanghai in 2018. Thomas Derksen was part of the official welcome film in which he welcomed German visitors and exhibitors in their native language at the Expo.


He was also interviewed several times during the fair on German-Chinese economic relations. 

Welcoming International Superstars in Shanghai



















It is rumored that Bayern Munich has more fans in China than Germany has inhabitants.

No matter how high the numbers are, the Chinese sports fans love Germany and the German stars.

In 2018 Thomas Derksen welcomed three of them in Shanghai. Record national player Lothar Matthäus, the winner of the 1990 World Cup Andi Brehme and German cycling star Marcel Kittel paid a visit to their fans in the Middle Kingdom.


Performance During the German Week at Tongji-University Shanghai 


Tongji University is known for its many connections to Germany and its excellent German education.

As part of the annual German Week, Thomas Derksen was invited to humorously report on his life as a German in China. 

Opening Speech at the German-Chinese Cultural Week in Qingdao 

At the invitation of the German-Chinese Cultural and Business Association, Thomas Derksen gave the opening speech at the German Culture Week 2018 in Qingdao.