Colorful Dream, Common Aspiration
Chinese Embassy Open Day
The “open is an important annual public affairs event of the Chinese Embassy in South Africa. By inviting South African friends to the Embassy, the open day aims to enhance exchanges with local people and promote mutual-understanding. This will positively help introduce traditional Chinese culture to South African friends and promote the traditional friendship between China and South Africa. The Embassy’s previous open day events were warmly applauded by the participating South African guests and foreign diplomatic missions. It’s fair to say that the open day is now a catching brand of the Chinese Embassy’s public events day.”
This year, around 200 students and staff members from South African schools, including Chipa-Tabane Secondary School, Ekangala Comprehensive School, Willowridge High School, Glenstantia Primary School and the Pretoria Chinese School as well as officials from the South African Department of Basic Education attended the open day. The theme of this year is “Colorful Dream, Common Aspiration”, and around this theme, the Embassy designed different kinds of activities for the guests. There is a “Wall of Dreams”, that guests were invited to write down their dreams on a card and pin them onto the Wall. The Embassy premise was opened to the guests so they had a look at the interiors and the Chinese artworks on display. They also had some Chinese culture experience such as calligraphy (the writing of Chinese characters), paper-cutting and Taichi. The South African students showed the audience their Chinese skills by reciting Chinese poems and singing Chinese songs, and performed traditional African dance too. There was a special program “the Class on Dreams” tailored to students and a quiz show about China &China-SA relations. Guests enjoyed the lively atmosphere and had a really good time.
Chinese Ambassador TIAN Xuejun made “dream” the keyword of his speech. He elaborated on the Chinese Dream and the South African Dream, the dreams of individuals and the dream of a nation with vivid examples. Ambassador TIAN pointed out that although dreams might seem to be challenging, as long as one dares to dream and has the courage to stick to the dreams, they will one day fulfill their dreams. He said that the Chinese people and the South African people are all great nations; they both dare to dream, have the courage to pursue the dreams and have been working hard to make the dreams come true. The Chinese people are now trying to realize the Chinese Dream for the prosperity of the country, the rejuvenation of the nation and the happiness of the people. The South African people are also exploring development path for this Rainbow Nation. Although the details the Chinese Dream and the South African Dream might be different, the common aspiration for national development and rejuvenation, people’s happiness and social harmony unite the two countries together. The Chinese people will always remain African people’s good friend, good brother and good partner, and will work hand in hand with African people to make our dreams come true. Ambassador TIAN encouraged the young South African students to believe in the power of dreams, and make their own contribution to China-SA friendship as well as the prosperity and development of the world.
Representatives from participating schools thanked the Chinese Embassy for hosting this open day specially for South African young students. He said that China was a mysterious place to many South African students, yet a land of dreams. Many of the students dream to go to China one day and feel by themselves the rapid development and the profound Chinese civilization. This open day offered the students an opportunity to experience China right here in South Africa. Dreams are always inter-connected, and South Africans wish to work together with Chinese people in realizing both our individuals’ dreams and national dreams. He wished the Chinese Dream come true.
The “Class on Dreams” is a special program and a major highlight of this open day. The Embassy invited a Chinese language teacher, a local South African teacher and a class of students to run a special class on dreams. The teachers’ lecture elaborated on three dreams, “the Dream beyond the Seas”, “the Dream for Development” and “the Dreams of Ourselves”, and each dream goes with a main story, including “the Voyage to the Western Seas by Ancient Chinese Navigator Zheng He”, “China’s development -- past & present” and “the space lecture from China’s Tiangong-1 space station”, showcasing the fine Chinese traditional values like “harmony is precious”, “the care for others”, benevolence and self-improvement. The lecture gave the students-- and guests as well-- better understanding of the Chinese culture and stroke a responsive chord in the hearts of the students, as they understood better the Chinese Dream, the South African Dream and the African Dream.
South African teachers and students said that they really enjoyed this open day and had a better understanding and knowledge about the traditional China-SA and China-Africa friendship and the profound Chinese civilization.