Good morning everyone! Today is the 10th day of Chinese New Year. First of all, I would like to wish you a happy and prosperous Chineses New Year!
I’m very glad to join you at today’s Spring Festival online celebration, and to award Helin Wang the Hard Working Student of the Year. I wish Helin and all other students at Birmingham Academy of Chinese Language and Culture will continue to work hard in the new year and make progress in their studies.
I know that the past year was not easy for everyone. The epidemic has caused a lot of inconvenience to our life. Many families have experienced the disease and even the pain of losing their loved ones. But it is also at this tough moment that we realise the importance of the community and supporting each other.
During this epidemic, I participated and organised many community activities to fight against the virus, which gave me a better idea of supporting and developing our Chinese community in the UK. Although each of us has a different background, the same colour of skin, the same language and the same culture are like invisible strings that pull us together. Every one of us is a member of the Chinese community. We are all branded with Chinese culture. Only when we work together to help each other and develop the Chinese community, can we improve the overall situation of the Chinese community in the UK and in return help each and every one of us.
I know that many of you were born in the UK. At present, learning Chinese may be just a study task for you. But I believe that as you grow older, you will find that Chinese language is not only a subject or a score on your transcript, but also a key to open the door of Chinese culture and a map to explore your own identity. I hope you can all be proud of your Chinese heritage and work together in the future to make our community better.
Although the epidemic has not been completely controlled, no winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. The Spring Festival just represents the hope. Have you ever wondered why the Chinese New Year is called the Spring Festival when it is clearly in winter? That’s because even though you can’t feel it, spring is happening. It’s like our life at the moment. So it’s time to wave goodbye to all the worries of the past year and plant a seed of spring in your heart. And be prepared to face all the opportunities and challenges ahead with courage, strength and resilience, just like the ox, our Zodiac animal this year.
Finally, I would like to thank Birmingham Academy of Chinese Language and Culture for inviting me and wish the Academy all the best in the future! Thank you.
Angela Huang, Co-chair of Chinese Active Citizens UK