Most of them ended up in Vienna by chance, working in a Chinese restaurant to earn enough money to start their own business or pay for more relatives to come as well. It was a life of endless work. Only when they could finally relax somewhat, vital questions started to emerge.

China Reverse questions everything, without asking much. Life could have been so different – not in Europe, but in China.

Those who stayed, took advantage of the economic boom. For some, there’s still time to jump on the bandwagon.

China Reverse looks behind the facade of financial success, noticing casual details, an antique porcelain dish, native songs, and a wishful smile for the future, which cannot help trembling.


'We followed the emigration trend of the time. I planned to go back after I had earned 100.000. At least that's how I imagined it. In the beginning, it was like I reached the summit with no possibility to descend.'

~ Yang Dongping

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