Em­bassy camps win Chi­nese over

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS - By SHI JING in Shang­hai shi­jing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

As Chi­nese peo­ple go global not just as tourists but as stu­dents, in­vestors, busi­ness­peo­ple, re­searchers and in­ven­tors, in­ter­est in for­eign cul­tures is in­creas­ing by the day.

To sate the Chi­nese hunger for more in­for­ma­tion and knowl­edge, em­bassies and con­sulates of for­eign coun­tries are or­ga­niz­ing sum­mer­time events and spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties across China.

One of the pop­u­lar events is the fo­rum about cam­pus life over­seas as many Chi­nese stu­dents en­roll in fa­mous high schools and uni­ver­si­ties out­side China.

Some­con­sulates, like theUS Con­sulate Gen­eral in Guangzhou, have even made such fo­rums a reg­u­lar part of their out­reach ac­tiv­i­ties.

To quench chil­dren’s thirst for knowl­edge of na­ture, the em­bassy of the Nether­lands re­cently held a pro­gram on an­i­mals.

For teenagers and col­le­gians, some con­sulates are or­ga­niz­ing events on pho­tog­ra­phy and theater. Some stu­dents­may be al­ready aware of plays such as En at­ten­dant Godot as ex­cerpts of them fig­ure in their text­books. But watch­ing plays is ex­pected to give them a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of for­eign coun­tries’ his­tory, per­form­ing arts and lit­er­a­ture. Also, such ac­tiv­i­ties en­able par­ents to spend qual­ity time with their chil­dren.

The Amer­i­can Em­ploy­ees As­so­ci­a­tion un­der the US em­bassy in Bei­jing also or­ga­nizes sum­mer camps. Since 1997, the AEA has been part­ner­ing with Camp Ad­ven­ture Child & Youth Ser­vices to pro­vide an Amer­i­can-style sum­mer camp.

Weekly themes are de­fined in ad­vance. Boys and girls from all over the world min­gle to­gether in the camp. TV-view­ing and use of cell phones are not al­lowed in the camp, to help par­tic­i­pants fo­cus bet­ter on ac­tiv­i­ties and hone in­ter­per­sonal skills in a multi-cul­tural en­vi­ron­ment.

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