|Over 40 Malaysian teenagers of Chinese ancestry are visiting Wanning in south China's Hainan Province to discover their roots. [chinanews.com]|
Aside from visiting scenic spots and historic sites in Hainan, they will also learn about the historical culture of Wanning, study the Hainan dialect and join in a series of exchange activities with the local students.
Returned overseas Chinese have been driving the economic development of Wanning, with the Xinglong Overseas Chinese Tourism Economic Zone having seen over 13,000 returned overseas Chinese from 21 countries and regions, including Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam, settling there since it was established in 1951. At various stages in time it has been a collective farm village, state farm, people's commune, and production and construction corps.
The flourishing tourism industry in Hainan in recent years has also benefited the development of the Xinglong Overseas Chinese Farm, with its annual value having reached more than 100 million yuan (US$ 16.3 million) recently.
The event is part of the 'Kinship China' series of activities held by the All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese (ACFROC). Since 2008, the Hainan Returned Overseas Chinese Federation has arranged for six exchange delegations to visit nine countries to conduct cultural exchanges.
The ACFROC is an organization representing and protecting the interests and rights of overseas Chinese, returned overseas Chinese and their families.
The ACFROC works independently. Its main objectives are to unite returned overseas Chinese and their families and encourage them to participate in China's modernization construction, to improve economic cooperation and technological communication with overseas Chinese, to participate in the country's political, economic, cultural and social development, and promote the peaceful reunification of the motherland.
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