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Guo Mingzhong: Chinese legacies should be celebrated together

Updated:2020-11-10 08:49:09   Yunnan Daily

“As Chinese Descendents, what is our shared spirit? No matter where we go, Yangtze River and Yellow River are always on our minds”.

Above are lyrics of a song known as “The Song of Chinese Descendents”, which is written by Guo Mingzhong, the President of Yunnan Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

In 1944, Mr. Guo was born in a Chinese family in northeastern Vietnam’s Thái Nguyên province. He came to study in Yunnan province at the age of 7.

After graduating from middle school in Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan, Guo was enrolled for military service for several years. And in 1969 he left the army for a factory in Kunming where he worked until retirement. 

 
  

Over the past 30 years or so, Mr. Guo has devoted most of his spare time in taking care southeast Asian Chinese coming back from abroad, particularly Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

The Yunnan Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos has about 390 members at present.

As the president, Mr. Guo has been keen on organizing different events to celebrate the cultural legacies of returned overseas Chinese. Moreover, He offers helps to these people who share a similar background with him on a regular basis.

“I feel particularly proud when I see our country getting stronger and people’s life getting better every single day,” he says. “Our federation should play a part in and make our own contribution to the building of harmonious society as well.”

It’s not surprising that Mr. Guo’s wife has been involved the work of the federation. In order to help prepare files and documents, she even started learning computer at the age of 60.  

  

Even though they don’t have much money themselves, Mr. and Mrs. Guo have always been the first to donate to the federation when it comes to fund raising.

“The federation is established to serve, rather than making money,” they emphasize.

To Guo Mingzhong, themes like “Chinese dream” and “national solidarity” are the primary ones that he is willing to express via his songs.

According to him, the federation held an online evening gala earlier this year which was joined by Chinese nationals returning from not merely Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, but Hong Kong and Macao.

  

“Currently, we are preparing another evening gala to celebrate the coming of 2021,” says Mr. Guo. “And I’m looking forward to seeing more people, particularly the younger generations, being involved in our federation in the future.

Reporting by Liu Ziyu; trans-editing by Wang Jingzhong; photographs providing by the interviewee

Keywords:   overseas Chinese Yunnan