Roots-Seeking Trip Nanjing Day 2
On the morning of July 26 2016, overseas Chinese youth attending the “China Roots-Seeking Trip,” had their opening ceremony in Pukou Xingzhi Xingzhi Education Group base. Ren Wanghua of Provincial Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, deputy director Du Wei of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, Vice Mayor Wu Guangzheng, District Secretary for Education Songren Rong and Ye Ming District Qiaoban and other leaders attended the ceremony. A total of 250 campers from eight countries and regions including the United States, Canada, Sweden, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong participated.
Wang Hua Zhuren gave a warm speech. He gave a warm welcome to the campers and leaders saying that the Chinese nation has always had a strong hometown feel. Renjieguizong is an important element to Chinese cultural character. Compared to other countries, the roots of the Chinese people have earlier historical origins. We traveled to China, have a strong sense of our kin of the ancestral home, recognize our own vessels and are willing to carry forward the tradition of Chinese culture for thousands of years. I hope we can make good use of this opportunity to learn firsthand about the rich cultural heritage of Jiangsu Province. Jiangsu has experienced great changes in economy and society and we wish to pass on this experience to you, your friends and family. Greetings and good wishes to you who are visiting Jiangsu!
Pukou District Xingzhi of the Education Group Yang Ruiqing gave a speech at the opening ceremony. Representative Xingzhi on behalf of the school staff and students of the campers and leaders opened the”China Roots-Seeking trip” ceremony with a warm welcome. He said “For making this endeavour to visit our town, we express much gratitude. We give thanks to the countries who have invested in human material and financial resources carefully. We give thanks to the Tour event hosted by the roots. We give thanks to everyone is a part of the well-organized trip. We thank our small homes, and your family support. Fight and tackle your itinerary carefully, gratefully explore home and be your own in order to grow, to pursue a better life, to choose challenge and choose to participate.
Tao teachers from the Canadian Federation of Chinese Associations gave this statement. She comes to the venue not far from the Yangtze River. “Nanjing roots, the roots of Chinese culture and the ancient and surging Yangtze River provide generation after generation continual sustenance and inspiration for the Chinese.”
Yu-school students from the US National Association of Chinese speakers also presented. When talking about the camp, they addressed the common aspiration of all campers: “I flew from the distant United States Alaska Alpine over the snowy Arctic, over the deserted Siberia and traveled thousands of miles to beautiful southern China because I want to learn more about this place I call home. I want to know the reason why China today brings together a large group from all over the world: “Chinese people.” It is because it is in our Yanhuang blood; it is part of our ethnic origin. We are all Chinese people and we have a responsibility to integrate the contemporary wanderers overseas and to learn about the glorious history of our ancestors!
In the warm applause, Wang Hua Zhuren took the camp flag on behalf of two campers. Director Wang also announced the official start of the 2016 “China Roots-Seeking” summer camp Jiangsu.
The camp ceremony featured students from Xingzhi Primary and Pukou students as well as guest artists for the dedication of the wonderful performances.
Xingzhi Primary School students djembe performances
Jiangsu Province Intangible Cultural Heritage – Pukou hand lion dance
Opera – “selling water”
Poetry readings – “I am the baby of Nanjing”
After the opening ceremony the camp, campers became familiar with the base line under the leadership of the teacher. They traveled to the Arts and Lotus Court lotus base to enjoy one thousand kinds of flowers and to conduct fun lobster fishing activities.
Afternoon: Changzhou, Nantong and Suqian campers do tea and pottery activities.
Nanjing campers have started to be involved in development activities. A, B, C groups of campers all over the world come together through fun team games. Strangers become acquaintances and form friendships. In the next ten days of activity, they are in Nanjing: “home.” Campers are there for each other through thick and thin, hand in hand.
I wish this summer camp success. Cheers!