Guides ex­plain Com­mu­nist Man­i­festo

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CAO CHEN in Shang­hai caochen@chi­

A team of 30 mem­bers of the Com­mu­nist Party of China has been vol­un­teer­ing at an ex­hi­bi­tion on The

Com­mu­nist Man­i­festo at Fu­dan Uni­ver­sity in Shang­hai for over two years.

In re­ply­ing to a letter from the team that was un­veiled on Tues­day, Xi Jin­ping, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, en­cour­aged CPC mem­bers to build firm ideals and con­vic­tions and strive to ful­fill the Party’s original as­pi­ra­tion and mis­sion.

He called on all CPC mem­bers, es­pe­cially young mem­bers, to con­sci­en­tiously study Marx­ist theory and the his­to­ries of the Party, New China, the re­form and open­ing-up and the developmen­t of so­cial­ism so as to cul­ti­vate firm ideals and con­vic­tions and ful­fill the Party’s original as­pi­ra­tion and found­ing mis­sion.

The Fu­dan team con­sists of mem­bers in dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries — such as arts, medicine and en­gi­neer­ing — with var­ied back­grounds, in­clud­ing teach­ers and stu­dents.

How­ever, all team mem­bers are fo­cused on a com­mon goal — telling the story of Chen Wang­dao in an ef­fort to seek truth and pop­u­lar­ize Marx­ist the­o­ries.

Chen is a late scholar and ed­u­ca­tor who com­pleted the first Chi­nese trans­la­tion of the ground­break­ing work The Com­mu­nist Man­i­festo by Karl Marx and Friedrich En­gels a cen­tury ago.

The team was es­tab­lished in May 2018, when the ex­hi­bi­tion was open to the pub­lic in the house adapted from the for­mer res­i­dence of Chen, who served as president of Fu­dan Uni­ver­sity from 1952 to 1977 and lived in the res­i­dence from 1956.

The team has served nearly 50,000 vis­i­tors so far, pro­vid­ing demon­stra­tions and in­struc­tions over 700 times per year on av­er­age.

Ac­cord­ing to the uni­ver­sity, it is set up to cul­ti­vate tal­ent that can pop­u­lar­ize the spirit of the man­i­festo through qual­i­fied nar­ra­tion and con­duct solid re­search on the sub­ject.

“We do not merely lec­ture the au­di­ence, but also of­fer his­tory ed­u­ca­tion, the­o­ret­i­cal in­ter­pre­ta­tion and value guid­ance,” said Qian We­icheng, team leader and a doc­toral stu­dent in jour­nal­ism.

In or­der to give the vis­i­tor a deeper un­der­stand­ing and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the ex­hi­bi­tion, all vol­un­teers are trained.

Be­fore the job, team mem­bers will read books re­lated to The Com­mu­nist Man­i­festo and re­port their feel­ings to their tu­tors.

They will study the anal­y­sis of the man­i­festo by schol­ars and ex­perts as well. More­over, they must pass three rounds of as­sess­ments, in­clud­ing writ­ten tests on the his­tory of the CPC, oral tests and the fi­nal round in which they pro­vide ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices at the ex­hi­bi­tion.

“Pass­ing the as­sess­ments is only the first step in our jour­ney as a guide, and what’s im­por­tant is to learn and prac­tice more next,” said Lu Tingt­ing, a doc­toral stu­dent at the School of Marx­ism.

Lu said the team bor­rows in­sights from pro­fes­sional mu­seum guides and com­mu­ni­cates with rel­a­tives of Chen for more de­tails and sto­ries.

“We also get a deeper un­der­stand­ing of Marx­ist theory ev­ery time we ed­u­cate the au­di­ence and learn from their feed­back,” said Lu, 28.

Re­peat­ing sim­i­lar con­tent may cause bore­dom, but Lu has come up with a way to keep the ser­vice mean­ing­ful and fresh.

“For in­stance, we can con­sider whether we speak more flu­ently to­day than yes­ter­day or not, if the in­ter­ac­tion with the au­di­ence has be­come more nat­u­ral, or if we pro­vide a broader un­der­stand­ing of the ex­hi­bi­tion than ever,” she said.

Wang Jingyi, a team mem­ber, said she once met an el­derly man who vis­ited Chen’s study room alone, read­ing a guide book in hand. When Wang ap­proached him, the man asked her about the de­tails of the ex­hibits in the room and was very happy when she ex­plained the in­for­ma­tion com­pre­hen­sively.

“It showed the value of our work and in­spired me to keep im­prov­ing,” she said.


Lu Tingt­ing, a doc­toral stu­dent at the School of Marx­ism of Fu­dan Uni­ver­sity, guides vis­i­tors at an ex­hi­bi­tion on The Com­mu­nist Man­i­festo at the Shang­hai-based uni­ver­sity on Tues­day.

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