In France, Chinese expats stay connected to their roots

By Shi Baoyin and Qi Xin in Zhengzhou | | Updated: 2024-05-21 14:56
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The Association of Henan Compatriots in France serves as a bridge connecting overseas Chinese people with their roots in Henan province. [Photo provided to]

In addition, Henan has become more confident in recent years. She said: "The confidence is rooted in the rich tapestry of Henan's cultural heritage. Often referred to as the cradle of Chinese civilization, it boasts a history that spans millennia and is steeped in culture, art and philosophy."

By promoting the exchange of agricultural products, wines and business ventures, the association has bolstered cultural ties between regions, Zhu added.

She has been attending the ancestor worship ceremony for Huangdi, or the Yellow Emperor, in Xinzheng, Henan province, since 2006. She said the Yellow Emperor, also known as Xuanyuan, was believed to be the leader of the ancient Huaxia tribal alliance and the progenitor of Chinese civilization.

Zhu said this identity strengthen the bond between overseas Chinese communities and their heritage in Henan, fostering a sense of belonging and cultural continuity across borders.

She also mentioned that there are many opportunities for cooperation in culture and education in the future. As president of the International Institute for Intelligent Family Education, Zhu mainly focused on educational innovation for the development of the next generation of talent. She highlighted that her long-term living and working experiences in France enriched her perspective and greatly inspired her in the field of education.

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