International Club of Berne

Club Meeting - the Switzerland of Asia

Tuesday, 26th November 2019 at 7pm - 9pm

Location: Cheminee Room of the Bruder Klaus Church (tram 7 stop Burgernziel)

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The Switzerland of Central Asia

Cheminee Room of the Bruder Klaus Church (tram 7 stop Burgernziel)
Tuesday 26 November, 19:00 - 21:30

In 2017, Pierre-Yves Schütz spent two months in Kyrgyzstan in order to improve his understanding of its language and culture. This former Soviet republic – sometimes called the 'Switzerland of Central Asia' in reason of its mountainous terrain – remains relatively unknown to most Europeans. Through his memorable trip, Pierre-Yves helps you discover this beautiful country, and explains you how he fell in love with its people, landscape and traditions.

Pierre-Yves is Swiss-Romande, a Toastmaster, and has spoken to us before, on his cycle trip to Norway. He grew up in Geneva and works as a software engineer in Solothurn, where he lives with his family. At home, beside French and German, he mostly hears Russian as it is the language that his wife uses to communicate with their daughters.

We will also have another speaker who will lead a discussion on data privacy, and we could also discuss the themes we would like to hear in 2020. Please inform Graham if you have a topic which you would like to speak or hear about. We prefer discussions and commented slide shows, rather than presentations.

The Club Meeting is an opportunity to chat with other members. Graham is also starting a WhatsApp group "Agora" for planning such discussions - tell him if you would like to join it.

Please register on this event page. You are welcome to add a comment for instance about discussion themes. Non-members are welcome and are asked to pay CHF 5. We provide snacks and drinks.

Mark the date of Saturday 7 December for a Party celebrating the Festive Season! 



 

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Graham wrote
at 9:00am on Friday, 22nd November 2019
Kyrgyzstan's recorded history spans over 2,000 years, encompassing a variety of cultures and empires. Although geographically isolated by its highly mountainous terrain, which has helped preserve its ancient culture, Kyrgyzstan has been at the crossroads of several great civilizations as part of the Silk Road and other commercial and cultural routes. Though long inhabited by a succession of independent tribes and clans, Kyrgyzstan has periodically fallen under foreign domination and attained sovereignty as a nation-state only after the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Since independence, the sovereign state has officially been a unitary parliamentary republic, although it continues to endure ethnic conflicts, revolts, economic troubles, transitional governments and political conflict.

Ethnic Kyrgyz make up the majority of the country's six million people, followed by significant minorities of Uzbeks and Russians. Kyrgyz is closely related to other Turkic languages, although Russian remains widely spoken and is an official language, a legacy of a century of Russification. The majority of the population are non-denominational Muslims. In addition to its Turkic origins, Kyrgyz culture bears elements of Persian, Mongolian, and Russian influence.

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/kyrgyzstan
http://www.discoverkyrgyzstan.org/
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/kg.html
https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Kyrgyzstan
Graham wrote
at 8:56am on Friday, 22nd November 2019
The Switzerland of Central Asia
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Pierre-Yves Schütz grew up in Geneva and works as a software engineer in Solothurn, where he lives with his family. At home, beside French and German, he mostly hears Russian as it is the language that is wife uses to communicate with their daughters.

In 2017, he spent two months in Kyrgyzstan in order to improve his understanding of that language. This former Soviet republic – although sometimes called the 'Switzerland of Central Asia' in reason of its mountainous terrain – remains relatively unknown under our latitudes. Through his memorable trip, Pierre-Yves makes you discover this beautiful country, and explained you how he fell in love with its people, landscape and traditions.
Graham wrote
at 5:43pm on Wednesday, 20th November 2019
The Club Meeting on Tuesday 26 will feature Pierre-Yves Schutz, who once spoke to us on his cycle trip fromBerne to the North Cape in Norway. He will feature for 50 minutes in Kirgistan.

We have time for another speaker or a discussion. I was thinking of a general discussion on the themes for 2020, such as politics or futures or data ...

Ideas are welcome.

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