Stories come to life in photos of memorable times in China

Funy May 5, 2019, 10:44 p.m.

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Stories come to life in photos of memorable times in China

Sarah Daley, a student at the University of Virginia, has deep connections with China. She has a sister who was adopted from China in 2009, and Sarah spent the summer of 2018 teaching local students English in Hebei province. Both experiences left her with positive impressions of Chinese people and long-lasting friendships.

Those connections led to Daley being honored by the Chinese embassy in the US, after she shared her stories to the world through an event hosted by the embassy and China Daily.

"My China Album" highlights the friendships between Chinese and Americans in celebration of the two countries' 40 years of diplomatic ties.

Daley was among hundreds of Americans who participated in My China Album from Feb 6 to April 19, sharing their personal stories about China through photos and captions.

More than a dozen of the participants were recognized for their genuine and touching stories, with Daley receiving the grand prize — two round-trip business class airline tickets to China for her and her family. An awards ceremony will be held to highlight the stories on May 4 at the Chinese embassy in Washington.

For Daley, the prize is a gift that will afford an opportunity to return to China and to continue to build relationships with Chinese people, whom Daley said "showed me such kindness and welcomed me into their country and into their lives with immediate warmth and curiosity".

The people-to-people connections were highlighted by many participants, including Charlotte Christensen, vice-president of the Oregon China Council, who had worked for years with Chinese people and organizations.

"Since the 1990s, our legislators, businesses, educators and cultural leaders have gone to China in delegations almost every year," said Christensen, who took second prize.

She also witnessed friendships going beyond the personal level. Oregon developed a sister-state relationship with China's Fujian province 35 years ago and with provincial-level city Tianjin in 2014.

For Christensen, it's important to build friendship and cooperation between China and the US on issues like environmental solutions and trade relations, which "is the kernel and the meaning of 'My China Album'," she said.

The event attracted a diverse group of participants not only from the US, but from China and other parts of the world. Some of them started their interactions with China decades ago and have witnessed the tremendous changes in the country through the years.

"I have had great respect for the People's Republic of China over many decades and watched as China raised 800 million of her people from poverty and made it a priority to restore her natural environment to become an ecological civilization," Christensen said.

"The old China is long gone, but the new China is rising," said Roger Brewer, one of the finalists who studied in China in the 1980s and 1990s and revisited the country years later.

All contest participants will receive souvenirs for their contributions to the event, which is sponsored by Air China, the China National Tourist Office in New York and the China General Chamber of Commerce – USA. Some of the stories and photos will be featured in a book to be published by China Daily later this year.

And now the organizing committee has decided that My China Album will continue to accept photos and stories that will showcase the people-to-people relations between the American and Chinese people.

用照片记录的在中国难忘的生活故事

萨拉·达雷是一名来自弗吉尼亚大学的学生,她与中国有着深刻的连接。她有一个于2009年从中国领养的妹妹,并且2018年夏天,她在河北省教当地学生英语。这两项经历让她对中国人留下了积极的印象,并和他们建立了长存的友谊。

在一次由中国驻美大使馆和中国日报举办的大会上,达雷与全世界分享了她的故事。她与中国的连接让她接受了中国驻美大使馆的表彰。

“我的中国相册辑”以中美之间的友谊为亮点庆祝中美外交关系建立40周年。

2月6日到4月19日,数百名美国人参加了“我的中国相册辑”活动,通过照片和说明文字来分享他们和中国的故事。达雷是其中一人。

超过12个参与者被挑选出来,因为他们的故事真诚而且感人,而达雷接受了大奖,她的照片包含了两次同她家人一起往返中国的商务舱机票。5月4日,中国驻华盛顿大使馆将举行颁奖典礼来讲述这些故事。

对于达雷来讲,这个奖项将会值得她回到中国,继续建立她和中国人民的友谊。达雷对中国人民的评价是“他们给我展现了他们的友善,他们带着毫不犹豫的热情和好奇欢迎我进入他们的国家,进入他们的生活。”

包括与中国人民和组织工作了多年的俄勒冈中国理事会的副主席夏洛特·克里斯滕森在内的许多活动参与者都突出了两国间人与人之间的交流。

拿到次级奖项的克里斯滕森说,“从20世纪90年代以来,我们的立法者,商人,教育者以及文化领导者几乎每年都会以代表团的形式来到中国。”

她还见证过超越个人层次的友谊。俄勒冈在35年前与中国福建省建立了姐妹州关系,并与2014年与直辖市天津市建立了姐妹州关系。

克里斯滕森说道,中美在环保和贸易关系等问题上建立友谊与合作是非常重要的,这也是“我的中国相册辑”活动的核心要点和意义。

此次活动吸引的参与者的团体不仅仅来自美国,也来自中国和世界其他地区。他们中的一些人在几十年前就与中国有了交流,并且见证了中国这些年来巨大的变化。

“几十年来,我都对中国抱以巨大的尊敬,我见证了中国帮助8亿人民脱离贫困;并且中国让自己成为存储自然资源并让自然资源成为生态文明的先驱。”克里斯滕森说道。

“以前的中国不复存在,新中国正在冉冉升起”,20世纪80年代和90年代在中国学习并且去年再次拜访中国的罗杰·布鲁尔说道。他也是决赛参加者之一。

所有的参与者都会收到一份纪念品来作为他们对活动贡献的感谢。此次活动由中国航空,纽约中国国家旅游办公室以及中美总商会赞助。其中的一些故事和照片将会特别呈现在中国日报今年将要出版的一本书中。

目前,“我的中国相册辑”组委会已决定将会继续接受展现中美两国人与人之间友好关系的照片和故事。

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