On November 4, a reporter from the Changjiang Weekly interviewed Torsten Seeger, a German expert who had lived in Wuhan for ten years with his family and had recently returned to his hometown. He told the reporter that he misses the life in Wuhan. Not long ago, he wrote a letter to Tang Liangzhi, Mayor of Wuhan, to compliment the "Home in Wuhan" program and express his gratitude to Wuhan.
Torsten Seeger's ten years in Wuhan
Torsten mentioned in the letter that he had joined the launching ceremony on April 27, 2012 for the "Home in Wuhan" program and addressed the audience with the opening speech. "It is somehow assuring and promising to see what has been established since that day. The 'Guide for foreigners,' the Changjiang Weekly newspaper in which we had the honor to introduce ourselves and express our feelings about Wuhan on several occasions, English street signs and road map, English speaking out-patient service in hospitals, international schools, just to name a few. Now regular meetings between the Wuhan Government and representatives of the foreigners in Wuhan have been established as well in order to follow up the development of Wuhan in terms of internationalization and to exchange new ideas."
In 2003, when SARS was still devastating China, Torsten requested to be the General Manager of SWE, a joint venture. SWE later changed its name to SMS Siemag Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd., Wuhan. Torsten had helped Siemag successfully sign cooperation agreements with the Wuhan Iron & Steel Group on the production of the two-high hot mills and two-high hot mill shearing machines. For this effort, he was awarded the "Yellow Crane Award" by the Wuhan Municipal Government in 2005.
In 2003, as soon as international travel was opened again after the SARS period, Torsten arrived in Wuhan. He and his family got used to life in Wuhan very quickly, and "settled into this amazing city, knowing about China and its people, culture, food and language." He stayed in Wuhan for ten years and witnessed that "the city has undergone a huge development and change." He wrote in the letter: "The government of Wuhan is undertaking great efforts to ease the ever growing traffic congestions by building numerous elevated roads and a vast network for the new subway. A new airport terminal has been built and the internationalization of Wuhan is on its unstoppable way." Meanwhile, he was quite satisfied to see that "the important landmarks and cultural heritages have been preserved." He also suggested that Wuhan must "find the right balance and also consider and develop the environmental well-being of all its citizens."
Now I am a stranger in my hometown
This September, Torsten and his family left Wuhan and now live in Hilchenbach, Germany. He is now the Project Director of Cold Rolling Mills Division, SMS Siemag AG. "We left Wuhan with many memories and already miss the life in China. After such a long time it will take a while to get used to the life in our home country, in which we are actually strangers now." Torsten misses his Wuhanese friends and the hot-and-dry noodles. In his heart, Wuhan is his "home far away from home." He wishes Wuhan and he "don't become strangers."
In 2003, Torsten became the General Manager of SWE, a joint venture. SWE later changed its name to SMS Siemag Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd., Wuhan. Torsten had helped Siemag successfully sign cooperation agreements with the Wuhan Iron & Steel Group on the production of the two-high hot mills and two-high hot mill shearing machines. For this effort, he was awarded the "Yellow Crane Award" by the Wuhan Municipal Government in 2005.