|Distinguished guests talk about the significance of the Safeguard Project. [cctf.org.cn]|
The Safeguard Project is targeted at meeting overseas students' key needs and protecting them, including their safety, studies, and cultural identity.
The project has invited historians and traditional cultural researchers to introduce Beijing's history and culture to students who are going to study or have been studying abroad.
Some 50 students took part in the first session of the project, which lasted from the middle of July to the beginning of August.
The students better understood Beijing's history through learning about the city's central axis, Han costumes, traditional wooden crafts, and exploring cultural relics.
Eighty-year-old Zhu Zuxi, student of the famous historical geographer Hou Renzi, is one of the instructors. He said, "The city of Beijing is like a huge book, which needs to be read and preserved. Only when you understand it, you will protect it better. My teacher once told me the more you know about her, the deeper you will love her. This can also be applied to a city and one's motherland, knowing it more and loving it better."
A participant who is planning to study abroad for a master's degree, said: "Beijing's history lies in the central axis, which has both aesthetic and cultural values. This will influence my perspective of observing a city, like I may observe a city's planning and landscapes by its central axis when studying abroad."
CCTF's Secretary-General Zhu Xisheng said at the event: "Culture is one of the core elements to evaluate a country's comprehensive national strength. This project aims at inspiring Chinese overseas students' patriotism and enhancing their national pride and confidence, by learning and spreading Chinese culture."
The Safeguard Project is going to be launched around China, according to a recent profile.
|Participants share their learning. [cctf.org.cn]|
(Source: cctf.org.cn /Translated and edited by Women of China)
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