Cheong In Cheng: Recording Macao's Changes Through Publications

 December 15, 2019
Cheong In Cheng, Founder of Macanese Publishing Ltd. [Women of China]

 

I have loved reading since childhood. When I was a middle school student, I often visited a book rental store near my school. I found that few books were written by writers of Macao.

I had many friends who loved writing at that time. So, I made up mind to have their works published in Macao. I told them, "You just keep writing, and I will help get your works published."That was my commitment to my friends, and also my personal dream.

In September 2012, I moved to Beijing to pursue my postgraduate studies at Remin University. That seemed to open a new world for me. I felt lucky that I could study in the capital of our country during the best years of my life.

After I graduated from Renmin University, I became an intern at the Posts and Telecom Press in Beijing. I learned a lot from my colleagues. They threw a farewell party for me before I left Beijing.

After I returned to Macao, I established Macanese Publishing Ltd., in January 2016. To date, we have published nearly 40 kinds of books, including children's picture books, and academic and literary works.

The development of Macanese Publishing Ltd. encountered a bottleneck in 2017. At that time, I happened to know the Macao SAR government launched a project to invite a group of Macao people to attend an exchange activity, with the theme innovation and entrepreneurship, in Beijing. I immediately applied to participate. I benefited a lot from the days of studying.

In October this year, I, and 30 young people who work in the media industry, visited Beijing to attend an exchange activity focused on media development. I can feel the changes each time I visit Beijing. The development of young people is closely related to the nation's development.

We often talk about loving the motherland and loving Macao. If we don't have a good understanding of our country and our region, how can we talk about love?

I think reading publications is one of the best ways to help people know our motherland and Macao. I hope I can record the changes of our times and spread the love to our next generation. 

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the PRC, and the 20th anniversary of Macao's return to China. Young people in Macao have organized and participated in various activities to celebrate the two big events. Every time I see the national flag and hear the national anthem, I feel touched and grateful. The motherland, Macao and I will never be separated.

Cheong In Cheng(3rd, L) in an event of the 20th anniversary of Macao's return to China. [Women of China]

 

(Women of China)

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