Shanghai international students impressed by CPC spirit in Yan'an
Students from Shanghai University go on a field trip in Yan'an. [Photo/WeChat account: SHU-ISU]
A group of Chinese and international students from Shanghai University recently visited Yan'an, Northwest China's Shaanxi province to gain a deeper understanding of China.
The group included six graduate students of teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages and international students from six countries such as Ukraine, Laos, and Senegal.
During the field trip, the students did a social survey on the inspiration of the Yan'an spirit and the achievements China has made in poverty alleviation and rural revitalization.
They visited places in Yan'an such as old revolutionary sites and Liangjiahe village and attended expert lectures as well as seminars with local teachers and students.
A shrine for China's revolution, Yan'an was once the base of the Communist Party of China during the 1930s and 1940s, before the Party won the revolution and founded the People's Republic of China in 1949.
The Yan'an spirit fostered by revolutionaries and communists of the older generation during their years in Yan'an has become an invaluable source of inspiration for the Party. In this spirit, they emphasize self-reliance, a strong work ethic, and service to the people.
During a lecture, Professor Hui Xiaofeng from Yan'an University introduced the revolutionary history of Yan'an to the students, especially about how patriotic youth sacrificed themselves for the well-being of the people.
An international student from Uzbekistan used "zero to hero" to describe the development of China and said that the Yan'an spirit deserves to be known all over the world at a sharing session on what they learned from the field trip.
He said the spirit of the CPC through innumerable hardships and great sacrifices is admirable. It can explain why the CPC can lead Chinese people to realize the goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, he added.
Sun Mingzhe, one of the graduate students, said that to understand where the Chinese spirit comes from is important in telling China's story. The Yan'an spirit is a spiritual source. It is the inheritance of the fine traditions of the revolutionary ancestors.
After visiting an exhibition of foreigners' reports and books on the revolutionary history of Yan'an, an international student from Laos who once worked for the news agency of Laos said she was deeply impressed by the CPC stories told by residents as well as the changes Yan'an has undergone.
"When I go back, I will organize these into reports and publish them in the media. This trip to Yan'an is worth it," she said.
The students also learned about the tremendous changes Liangjiahe village has experienced over the past 40 years, which is a microcosm of the development of rural areas in China since reform and opening-up.
At a primary school, the students learned about how education empowers rural revitalization. They gave books and performances to the primary students.