Women Honored for Promoting Cultural and Ethical Progress

 November 26, 2020

Two outstanding women representatives have delivered speeches at the National Cultural and Ethical Progress Commendation Conference, which was held in Beijing on November 20.

Dang Qun, deputy director of Tanggu Customs Office in Tianjin Municipality, a post-80s generation woman, has a happy and harmonious family of seven people from four generations.

Her grandfather was a veteran who was awarded a commemorative medal for the 70th anniversary of the victory in the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression, and a medal in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. He has donated nearly 100,000 yuan (US $15,240) to poverty alleviation and disaster relief work over the years.

Dang's parents devoted themselves to public-welfare work in the community after retirement. Dang herself is a core member of the volunteers' team at Tanggu Customs. She has provided more than 1,200 hours of voluntary services.

As the leader of the volunteers' team, Dang actively participates in voluntary services. She works as a volunteer with her child at a nursing home and at a school for children with autism. She also registered her hematopoietic stem cells at the China Marrow Donor Program.

During the COVID-19 epidemic, Dang's daughter donated her savings of 700 yuan (US $106.68), to Wuhan City, Hubei Province, which made Dang feel that her family tradition of sending warmth to needy people and contributing to society have been passed on.

In her speech, Dang said: "I will take this honor as a new starting point, keep carrying forward my family traditions, contribute to national prosperity and rejuvenation, and drive more families to make efforts in forming a patriotic, loving, caring, positive and sharing culture."

He Dongmei, managing director of Zaoyuan Revolution Site in Yan'an, Northwest China's 

Shaanxi Province, also delivered a speech at the conference.

Yan'an, known as China's "red capital" for its important role during the revolutionary era, was the base of the Communist Party of China between 1936 and 1947.

Being in charge of a national patriotic education base in Yan'an, He leads the team of guides to promote the revolutionary spirit and spread revolutionary stories, helping children cultivate good virtues.

For more than 20 years, He has encouraged more than 6,000 students to participate in the guiding work. More than 1,600 were appointed as young guides, who have served over 500,000 visitors.

On traditional holidays, He organizes diverse activities, such as speech contests, to improve the young guides' abilities. He has also organized her staff to turn the historical stories behind cultural relics into comics and music that children enjoy and engage with.

She has also led her team to spread revolutionary culture in colleges, universities, communities and villages, trying to pass on the revolutionary spirit to more people. A total of 206 community volunteers have been trained to spread the historical stories and provide tutoring services to young people.

By using the Internet and other digital means, He made 20 anti-epidemic stories for children and 105 revolutionary stories of Zaoyuan online, allowing more young people to understand their history and cultivate their morality.  

"I will take the commendation conference as a new starting point, lead the guides to carry forward the Yan'an spirit and educate more young people in an innovative way, so as to contribute to the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation," He said in her speech.


(Source: wenming.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)


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