Modified: May 6, 2016
Eighty-nine Thai Chinese teenagers arrived at Jinan University’s College of Chinese Language and Culture in April to attend the spring camp “Roots Seeking,” a brand activity of the State Council’s Overseas Chinese Affairs Office and the China Overseas Exchange Association.
At the opening ceremony, Dean Shao Yi explained the meaning of searching for roots. “Roots are where our ancestors come from,” he said, “a place we all hope to look for, whether it’s out of curiosity or other reasons.”
Shao expressed hope that the spring camp would serve as a starting point for participants to enhance their Chinese proficiency and inherit Chinese culture. Representatives of the participants and their leaders expressed gratitude toward the State Council’s Overseas Chinese Affairs Office and their expectations for the camp. Deputy Dean Zeng Yiping also attended the ceremony.
The two-week spring camp held two sessions in April. To establish its reputation, in addition to the brand activities, the College of Chinese Language and Culture designed camp activities like a Chinese food course, in which participants could prepare the food themselves and experience its magic. Meanwhile, five international volunteers joined the daily-life service group, a highlight of the camp that brought various benefits to participants.