SSCLF - Innisfree Green Public Welfare Fund Set Up
2018-04-05
The establishment ceremony of SSCLF – Innisfree Green Public Welfare Fund, jointly sponsored by Amore Pacific Trade Co., Ltd. and the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation, was held at No. 369 North Shaanxi Road on April 3, 2018. The Innisfree Fund is committed to donate RMB 1 million yuan each year for three consecutive years. The special fund has donated the first charitable donation of 700,000 yuan. All the donation will continuously be used in the education and environmental protection projects that Innisfree has implemented in China for many years.
 
In his speech, SSCLF’s acting secretary general, Mr. Jia Yong said Innisfree Green Public welfare Fund, as the first batch of special funds established in the SSCLF in 2018, will inject more fresh vigor for the cause of China's education and environmental protection, and become a rising star in the aspect of public welfare innovation and expanding the social influence of special funds. Innisfree general manager of China Mr. Cai Jianren said Innisfree Public Welfare Fund’s money not only came from the company, but in the future from the power of the public, attracting more people to participate in public welfare activities, contributing what they can to the cause of China's environmental protection and education.
 
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First quarter review of 2018 SSCLF’s Farmer Entrepreneurship Relay Baton Project
2018-04-01
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Guangxi Yulin Guava Project Director: Xuan Xianjing
Volunteers: Lin Qixiang, Yu Zhijian
20 farmers in Guangxi Yulin Luo Zhu village participated in the second phase of guava relay baton project. With hardworking of project director, volunteers and all the project households, the first relay baton project farmers’ annual income reached more than 60,000 yuan, out of poverty, payed back interest-free loan on time and relay the baton to the farmers of the second phase of guava relay baton project.
 
 
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Sichuan Jintang Organic Vegetable Project Director: Chen Xiaohui
Volunteers: Wang Zhenfang, Li Ping
Organic vegetable Farmers are mainly selling cauliflower, cabbage and other winter vegetables, as well as planting soybeans, eggplant and other summer vegetables. Before the Spring Festival the price of cauliflower rose from 1.5-1.4 yuan / kg, up to 3.0-3.4 yuan / kg.
Left photo above: Project families’ children Wu Tao, Shen Rui, Wei Yuyun, as volunteers, participated in the seventh session of the Jintang County’s "Love transmission - New Year's wishes" activities before the Spring Festival.
Right photo above: Project household’s farmer’s girl Su Fan’s weeding.
 
 
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Anhui Chuzhou Glutinous Rice Project Director: Xuan Youlin
Volunteers: Li Wei, Wang Wei
In the first quarter after the project was launched, project director and volunteers completed the distribution and verification of 1 million yuan valued materials.
Left photo above: Project household Gao Jinhai was dressing for the wheat.
Right Photo above: The growth of wheat grown by the project household Jiang Fuming.
 
 
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Chongqing Xiushan Red Kiwi Project Director: Yang Jing
Volunteer: He Jian, Guo Sheng
The yield per mu of Kiwi fruit has increased by 100 kg more than last year. Through cooperative packaging and sales, the price of kiwi each kg increases 4 yuan. The project household income increased by 20,000 yuan more than last year. 
The photos above: The Scene of disinfesting insects in the orchard and picking kiwifruit.
 
 
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Southeast Guizhou Uncaria Rhynchophylla Project Director: Wu Zengxian
Volunteers: Li Sa, Dai Guangyue, Wu Jiabin
On January 22, the cooperative organized project households attend the first training session of uncaria phynchophylla planting and management.
Project household Wu Xianke built a new building and Wu Xianxiang also bought a new truck.
 
 
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Anhui Lu'an Rice Paddy Duck Project Director: Ge Yixue
Volunteers: Sheng Yuhong, Yang Aixin
The cooperative visited the relay baton unit in Chuzhou, and its agricultural base in March. Project director Ge visited some of the cooperatives poor households during the Spring Festival. This quarter, the farmers have been weeding, fertilizing the wheat and clearing ditch drain and other work.
 
 
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Guizhou Zunyi Square Bamboo Project Director: Luo Xin
Volunteers: Zhang Jiaqi, Zhao Wanbin, Li Zongshu
The main task for 16 farmers of project phase 2 this quarter is to plant new bamboo woodland, expanding the planting area of woodland. The children of migrant workers came back to help with growing square bamboo. 
Left photo above: The cooperative provided the farmers with mother bamboos.
Right Photo above: .Farmers expand bamboo forest and grow new square bamboos. 
 
 
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Shandong Weifang Hawthorn Project Director: Ma Yongcheng
Volunteers: Zhang Jian, Ye Fudong, Hao Pupu and Gong Xiaofei
Right photo above: The children of project household Hong Jun, Ma Linji and Li Dan were admitted to colleges and received full tuition from the Relay Baton Fund. Three of them sent a silk banner to the foundation to express their gratitude.
Left photo above: The farmers are cutting hawthorn into slices. 
 
 
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Guangxi Guigang Dendrobium Project Director: Zhao Muhua
Volunteer: Lin Yuanping, Lin Qixiang
The farmers have normal management of dendrobium, such as fertilizing, weeding and spraying water. 
 
 
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Anhui Anqing Green Tea Project Director: Wang Linmio
Volunteer: Wang Peng, Chu Manxia
Left photo above: The new house of the project family.
Right Photo above: Project household Jiang Mansheng’s new tea garden
Farmers are mainly engaged in filling the gaps with seedling, weeding, fertilization and other work. The cooperative organized farmers to participate in tea garden management seminar held by the agricultural technology department on January 25.
 
 
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Anhui Huangshan Organic Rice Project Director: Xu Haibo
Volunteers: Xie Sijun, Cheng Wu
This quarter, farmers have mainly made preparation for spring ploughing and taken part in training on agricultural machinery.
 
 
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Guizhou Qiannan Edible Fungus Project Director: Chen Jinbang
Volunteers: Song Wenying, Wang Shengkang
In addition to picking mushrooms in the contracted greenhouse, farmers were also involved in the production of the fungus sticks this quarter.
Left photo above: Project household Qin Hehui’s daughter was admitted to a college and received student grant from the relay baton fund.
Right photo above: Give demonstration guidance to farmers who grow mushrooms. 
 
 
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Anhui Huangshan Green Tea Project Director: Fang Guoqiang
Volunteers: Xie Sijun, Cheng Wu
Left photo above: The farmers are fertilizing in the tea garden. 
Right photo above: On February 20, the cooperatives organized farmers to participate in tea picking standard technical training. 
 
  
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Guizhou Qiannan Apple Peach Project Director: Dai Jun
Volunteers: Song Wenying, Wang Shengkang
Right photo above: Project household Chen Yuanlu planted apple peach and his annul income increased. Here is his newly built house.
Left photo above: On February 26, the cooperative organized 20 farmers to observe on-site operation demonstration of reasonable fertilization and pest control methods.
 
 
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Guangxi Fangchenggang Citronella Project Director: Chen Mengtang
Volunteer: Peng Xianmei
On February 27, the cooperative organized 20 farmers to attend the training on picking and packaging citronella.
The photos above: Project household Chen Qintang and Ruan Ruidong were selecting and packaging citronella stalks 
 
 
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Guangxi Yulin Fish Farming Project Director: Li Yong
Volunteer: Lin Qixiang, Yu Zhijian
This quarter is the sales season for tilapia. The photos above show the scene that project households are catching fish and selling fish.
 
 
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Chongqing Xiushan Chinese Bee Project Director: Bai Tianshu
Volunteer: He Jian
The cooperatives organize farmers to attend the training on bee spring breeding technology.
The project director guided project households Zhang Qiyue, Tian Ruijin Mai Xinfeng and Tian Yingwen to make corresponding management work for the bee wintering. 
 
 
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Guangxi Hechi Silkworm, Dragon Fruit Project Director: Huang Ruibiao
Volunteer: Zhu Jiangming
Dragon fruit project household Wei Minglu’s mother helped to tie and cut the seedlings, and his brother was fertilizing.
 
 
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Southwest Guizhou Longjing Tea Project Director: Pan Yangxun
Volunteer: Qin Taixiang
All the other crops in the tea fields were harvested, and the farmers took care of the tea.
At present, every farmer can pick up about one kg of tea each day and per capita income 
is about 100 yuan per day. 
 
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Guangxi Hechi Pearl Plum Project Director: Yang Tongbiao
Volunteer: Zhu Jiangming
Left photo above: 12 farmers participated in the training on the winter fruit tree management.
Right photo above: Project households Mo Wenfu and Jiang Shizhong and Project Director Yang exchange planting experience. 
 
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Children with Down syndrome gather together on the World Down’s Syndrome Day
2018-03-20

The seventh World Down’s Syndrome Day is approaching soon. On the afternoon of March 17, more than 50 children with Down syndrome, accompanied by their parents gathered together at the Shanghai International Convention Center to participate in public welfare activities. The event was co-sponsored by Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation and Shanghai Hope Star Public Welfare Development Center. At the event scene, Shanghai Hope Star Public Welfare Development Center announced the launching of "Max Interstellar Course" -- the first online rehabilitation APP in China, combined with the offline "Hope Star Sun Hut" rehabilitation medical clinic.

 

Down's syndrome is a neonatal disease caused by chromosomal abnormalities. The patient has obvious mental retardation, special face, growth and development retardation and multiple malformations. In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly formally named March 21 "the World Down's Syndrome Day", meaning the uniqueness of patients-with three pairs of chromosome 21. On this day of every year, Tang’s organizations around the world hold various forms of exchange activities to explore the upbringing experience of children with Down’s syndrome and call on the outside world to correctly treat the patients with Down syndrome.
 
 
Shanghai Hope Star Public Welfare Development Center is established by SSCLF – Hope Star Special Fund, the first public welfare fund in mainland of China to serve the Tang children. The Fund will be committed to various public welfare activities related to the Tang children, and help more Tang children to receive early rehabilitation and cognitive teaching through fundraising.
 
 
On the day of the event, the volunteers from Shanghai International Convention Center escorted Tang children to promenade along the riverside. Everyone joyfully did health exercises, graffiti drawing and watched children's drama "Honey Tang Growth", so that more people understood this special group. Many caring people expressed their love for these special children through donations and other forms. All the Tang children who participated in the event were given an exquisite gift and snack from the event supporting party.
 

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SSCLF-House Food (China) Special Fund assists students in New Oriental Cooking School
2018-03-12
The project launching ceremony of supporting students in New Oriental Cooking School by SSCLF- House Food (China) Special Fund was held at the school on the morning of March 9, 2018. Attended at the ceremony were Mr. Jia Yong, SSCLF’s acting secretary general, Mr. Suzuki Hi Bo, chairman of House Food (China) Investment Co., Ltd., Mr. Cao, principal of Shanghai New Oriental Cooking School and other guests.
 
The project adheres to the concept of public welfare for poor family students and cultivating the craftsman type skill talented persons, and supports two groups of students in the form of inspirational scholarships: first for the students of poor families, helping them complete their studies and achieve personal success; secondly for the students who are positive and optimistic and achieve excellent performance in the skills competition. Any student aged between 16 and 28 in the school who has a dream of being a cook and a poor family can apply for inspirational scholarship. The project will provide grants to eligible students, opening the door to the entrepreneurial employment for them. 
 
In his speech, Mr. Jia Yong sad, the public welfare is aimed to improve and achieve a better life, while education's fundamental purpose is also to achieve people's good life. He encouraged students to make a better taste for the people, and to make the Chinese taste that the world admire! Mr. Cao, in his speech, called on students always be grateful, and actively repay society. And chairman of House Food (China) Investment Co., LTD., Mr. Suzuki Xi Bo handed over a donation check to the school principal.
 
 
 

Donation Ceremony

 
 
SSCLFG’s acting secretary general Jia Yong gives a speech
 
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Supporting Education China 2.0 wins Shanghai top ten excellent voluntary service brand project
2018-03-06
2016-2017 Shanghai Advanced Volunteer Service Awards Presentation Ceremony and the Second Shanghai Voluntary Service Network Cultural Festival Closing Ceremony was held on February 28 at the studio of the Shanghai broadcasting - television building. Ten Shanghai outstanding volunteers, ten Shanghai excellent volunteer service bases and ten Shanghai excellent voluntary service brand projects were commended. Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation – Supporting Education China 2.0 won the excellent volunteer service brand project. The award presentation ceremony was broadcast on Shanghai TV news channel on March 5.
 
March 5, 2018 is the 55th anniversary of the inscription of "Learning from Comrade Lei Feng" written by Chairman Mao Zedong. Lei Feng is a forerunner of the volunteers, and the volunteers are Lei Feng’s successors. In Shanghai, a city full of friendship and warmth, "Lei Feng Spirit" and "volunteer culture" have become the beautiful scenery and brilliant brand of spiritual civilization construction in Shanghai. In order to further promote the development of voluntary service in Shanghai, show the volunteers’ style, and actively cultivate the volunteer culture with Shanghai characteristics, Shanghai civilized Office, Shanghai Volunteer Association, Shanghai Volunteer Service Foundation and Shanghai Radio and Television Station, Shanghai Public Welfare New Media Center jointly held the ceremony.
 
At the scene of the ceremony, on behalf of award-winning projects, two volunteers from SSCLF- Supporting Education China 2.0 project showed the style of Shanghai volunteers through interviews and on-site connection.
 
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SSCLF’s thinking and prospect for its 2018's work
2018-03-06
SSCLF’s "Thinking and Outlook for its 2018’s Work" symposiums attended by SSCLF’s special fund and expert committee representatives were held respectively on March 2 and March 5, 2018.
 
At the symposium held on March 2, the heads of 12 SSCLF’s special funds talked about their work plans for 2018, and exchanged views on increasing information exchange among them and put forward a lot of useful ideas and suggestions on the following fields: Promote the sharing of information resources; Expand network payment channels to facilitate social charitable donation; Advocate project donation audit to promote open and transparency in public service; Play the role of public welfare platforms to solve grassroots fund-raising difficulties, Participate in the research of social hot spots to promote the construction of policies and regulations; and attach importance to the network fund-raising function to strengthen online communication.
 
At the symposium held on March 5, seven representatives of SSCLF’s four expert committees (Nominating Committee, Remuneration Committee, Credit Management Committee and Project Advisory Committee) put forward many reasonable suggestions on SSCLF’s all-round development, especially on the following system construction: Speed up the design of salary system for public service workers to retain the public welfare talents; Strengthen the strategic planning and design of the foundation to enhance the performance evaluation of the public welfare projects; Attaching importance to the control of self – media to standardize the accuracy of the information released by the Foundation and special funds and the timeliness of the update.
 

 

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The Italian Soong Ching Ling Foundation holds its 10th anniversary celebration and 2018 annual meeting
2018-02-27
A report from the Italian Soong Ching Ling Foundation.
 
The Italian Soong Ching Ling Foundation has been established for 10 years since its formal registration in 2008. The members of foundation’s board of directors has developed from 8 to more than 200, including 34 Italian celebrities in various fields. Adhering to the three objectives of "enhancing international friendship, promoting the reunification of the motherland and developing the children's cause", the foundation has achieved remarkable results and won a good reputation at home and abroad since its establishment.
 
On the evening of February 20, the Italian Soong Ching Ling Foundation held its 2018 annual meeting and its 10th anniversary celebration at the famous villa Sublime in Rome. Attended the event were more than 100 people including Wu Dongmei, the Chinese Embassy counsellor in Italy, Ms. Golfo, president of Italian Bellisario Foundation, and representatives from the Italian government and Rome City government and Zhu Yuhua, honorary chairman of the Italian Soong Ching Ling Foundation, representatives of the overseas Chinese groups in Rome and the Chinese-Italian businessmen.
 
In the warm applause, Ms. Lucia King, chairman of the Italian Soong Ching Ling Foundation, introduced the foundation's 10-year work since its establishment. She said the foundation aims to inherit and carry forward Soong Ching Ling's lifelong efforts to the unfinished causes of promoting international friendship, maintaining world peace, developing cross-strait exchanges, promoting reunification of the motherland, paying great attention to the future of the nation and nurturing the children. Over the past 10 years, the Italian Soong Ching Ling Foundation has gained a foothold in Italy and given full play to its local advantages and made its due contribution to the construction and development of its ancestral country.
 
The foundation hosted the International Children's Cultural festival and summer camps in Rome and Venice where more than 600 children from around the world staged wonderful performances, attracting more than 3,000 Italian audiences; in order to better promote Chinese culture abroad, the Foundation initiated and assisted the Italian Youth Association in organizing an Italian Chinese dragon boat team which achieved good results in all kinds of competitions; during the Milan World Expo, entrusted by Shanghai Overseas Chinese Affairs Office and China Shanghai Style Cheongsam Association, the Foundation organized the Chinese Women's Cheongsam display to cheer the Chinese pavilion on the day of China, and they were met and praised by Wang Yang, Vice premier of China, who was visiting Italy; and held charity auction of “Love will keep us together " at the Milan Expo with Shanghai Baosteel Group; Hosted the fourth session of the global Soong Ching Ling Foundation Chairperson Forum which was attended by 49 representatives from 18 countries in the world.
 
Lucia King said that the Italian Soong Ching Ling Foundation also sponsored a variety of Sino-Italian cultural exchange activities, such as Italy's Chinese Culture Year, "Charm of Beijing" and cultural promotion activities. In the event of natural disasters hit in China and Italy, the foundation actively donated money and goods, organized Chinese people living in Rome donated blood without compensation, and donated clothing and food to the Italian Red Cross and Sant’ Egidio refugee charities.
 
She said that China's initiative of "the Belt and Road” has fully demonstrated the beautiful blueprint of peaceful development, mutual benefit and win-win" between the Chinese people and people in the world. In the New Year, the Italian Soong Ching Ling Foundation will be guided by the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress, strengthen exchanges and cooperation with the overseas Chinese groups in Italy, better carry forward Soong Ching Ling's loving spirit and actively carry out charitable work for the benefit of the people.
 
Wu Dongmei in a speech on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Italy presented festival greetings to the guests, fully affirmed the work of the Italian Soong Ching Ling Foundation and wished the foundation to make greater progress in the New Year.
 
The Italian Soong Ching Ling Foundation invited Michelin star chef Angelo Troiani to serve the guests with a sumptuous feast. During the banquet, happy lucky draw, sponsored by China Southern Airlines and the Italian Fidenza village outlet, pushed the atmosphere of the dinner party to a climax.
 
 
Italian Soong Ching Ling Foundation Chairperson Lucia King gave a speech
 
 
Lucia King introduces the Italian guests at the party
 
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Children build bridges at Chinese spring festival
2018-02-22
A news report from South Africa Soong Ching Ling Foundation
 
SOUTH African and Chinese children gathered to play in an exchange of culture in the sunshine of the Kirstenbosch Gardens to ring in the Year of the Dog.
 
A total of 150 children were invited to take part in the Spring Festival Garden Event held at Kirstenbosch yesterday where they took part in games, performed song and dance and embraced the diversity of South African and Chinese culture.
 
The Chinese New Year was heralded in on Friday. 
 
The event is organized every year by the South Africa Soong Ching Ling Foundation with Chinese children who attend international schools invited to attend as well as 40 children from the Baphumelele Children’s Home in Khayelitsha and 10 children from Heatherdale Children’s Home in Athlone.
 
Foundation chairperson Chen Qing spoke of the importance of building good relationships between the two nations’ children.
 
“These children are the future of our countries. This is a great opportunity for these children from different cultural backgrounds to interact with each other,” she said.
 
Baphumelele founder Rosalia Mashale said the foundation had always supported the home and had partnered with them on projects in the past. “We are thankful for them,” she said.
 
PICTURE: TRACEY ADAMS / AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY (ANA)
 
The Chinese Consul-General Kang Yong and children from the Chinese international school as well as Baphumulele orphanage celebrate the Chinese spring festival where they embraced each other’s cultures at Kirstenbosch. In the background in the yellow T-shirt is Chen Qing, chairperson of South Africa Soong Ching Ling Foundation. 
Collection has fun and donation also has fun
2018-02-07
Interview with Mr. Qiu Gongding, a Chinese American collector
Written and photo’d by Zhou Mo
 
A round table filled with a dazzling array of antique collection, including porcelain, pottery cans, wood carvings, seals, snuff bottles in addition to calligraphy and paintings hung on the wall, a total of more than 30 pieces of the antiques, condensing collector’s painstaking efforts, were donated by Mr. Qiu Gongding to the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation. Of course, this is not the first time for him to donate his antique collection to the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation. On Christmas Eve 2017, the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation staff carefully identified these donated pieces of antiques one by one and packed and bound them at Mr. Qiu's home in the west district of Shanghai. And the author also had the opportunity to have an interview with Mr. Qiu Gongding, the Chinese-American collector, about the collection.
 
☐ Part of the donated collection. 
 
☐ Buddha outlined in gold, mahogany inlaid ivory. 
 
The shirt collar beneath the rice white sweater is well ironed and the gray hair is neatly combed. Although Mr. Qiu Gongding has been advanced in age, the spirit is hale and hearty, the idea is clear, he speaks the Shanghai dialect with Suzhou accent slowly but very loud, which may be related to his poor hearing. The old gentleman occasionally reminded others to speak louder, or simply asked them to sit next to him......
 
Learn to be an honest person first while venturing outside
Mr. Qiu was born in Suzhou in 1932, and his family moved to Hong Kong in 1948, and immigrated to the United States in the early 1960s. Mr. Qiu has long been committed to Sino-US textile trade, helping to export China's textile to the United States, while importing the U.S. products to China, and he has long been acting as the largest U.S. trading company in China to make textile trade. In 1980 after the end of China's "Cultural Revolution", Mr. Qiu led the U.S. trade delegation to China, which, he said, might be the first U.S. textile trade delegation since the reform and opening-up. Now he is old, all his business affairs has been left to his son to take care of. 
 
Mr. Qiu often mentioned his father, and his speech was full of respect to his father. He told the author that his father graduated from St. John's University with a very good academic record and the headmaster rewarded him with a gold watch when he graduated, which is very rare. Qiu said that his father's splendid Life had big impact on himself. For a long time after 1945, his father was almost in seclusion, did not go out, however by 1948, he had become chairman of several pharmaceutical factories, Cotton mills and companies in Shanghai and Hangzhou. In addition to industry, he also did trade, and his soybeans exports at that time was at the first place in China...... Speaking of his father, impressed him most and incredible was that doing business had never signed any contract, all relied on verbal commitment. Qiu specially used "A Phrase", Shanghai people often said, to emphasize this point. "My father's generation values honesty, if going back on one’s words, how to mix up outside?" My father had never bought a foreign stock in his life, and all his assets were invested in Chinese textile and other enterprises, hoping to revitalize China's industry. "It is clear that Mr. Qiu’s career has been in the wind for decades, thanks in large part to his father's “Business Sense”. 
 
Mr. Qiu told me that although he was Chinese American, he never showed off that he was American in front of others. At that time, many people in Hong Kong looked down upon China, and whenever a friend invited him to dinner, he would say, "I am from the mainland of China" Like many overseas Chinese, Mr. Qiu has always wanted China to be strong.
 
Form ties of affection with the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation
If his father had a great influence on Mr. Qiu's career, then it is his younger sister who promoted Mr. Qiu form ties of affection with the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation.
 
Mr. Qiu told me that his younger sister and Mr. Lu Ping, the former director of the Hong Kong-Macau Affairs Office of the State Council, were good friends and often contacted in the 1990s. He was introduced by his sister to know Lu Ping, and they often had meals and talked together. He said, "In the past, the Chinese people always suffered much from dealing with foreigners, and foreigners say what is what, it’s because China is not strong!" Lu Ping is very capable and intelligent that I can see from his negotiations with foreigners. I admire him very much.”
 
Mr. Qiu said, his sister is warm-hearted, willing to help others, does not like to make public while doing good things. She was also familiar with the painter Chen Yifei, when Chen Yifei was not yet famous. His younger sister was very appreciative of Chen Yifei’s paintings and willing to help him. When she went to Taiwan, she invited him to go with her. She invited her friends in Taiwan to dinners and solemnly introduced Chen Yifei to her friends. “My sister has a good eye for people. She had a piece of painting of Chen Yifei’s, and later gave it to her nominally adopted daughter.”
 
After stepping down from the position of director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, Lu Ping served as chairman of the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation. His younger sister asked Mr. Qiu try to have the opportunity to visit the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation. When Mr. Qiu returned to Shanghai that year, he took time to go to the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation. He said, "I see a lot of young people seriously do public welfare work, very cute." "Soong Ching Ling's concept of public welfare and the inheritance of the young generation touched him deeply, which promotes Mr. Qiu form ties of affection with public welfare undertakings. He donated his antique collection to the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation, through auctions to raise money to help those in need. Mr. Qiu said, “There are still many poor areas in China, and there are some regions that have not changed a lot since decades ago” Some children in mountainous areas have to go a long way to school or even have no way. Each of us has responsibility to care more about those children. But private organizations have limited financial resources, and the government should play a bigger role in medical treatment and education.
 
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☐ Recollections of the past 
 
Collection must have a good mentality
Mr. Qiu liked collecting antiques when he was less than 30 years old. "I am very ordinary, I do not have any extravagant hopes, collecting antiques is purely fun, and it is good for me." 
Mr. Qiu told me that his grandfather liked collecting antiques, and he remembered that there had been a great collections of antiques at home in the mainland of China, and during the Cultural Revolution more than 100 pieces of antiques were taken away by the Red Guards. After the Cultural Revolution, I was told that the taken-away collections would be returned to my family. I went to see the number of the collections were right, but they were not the original things. Mr. Qiu still has a vivid memory of the past episode.
 
Mr. Qiu says he has always been interested in Chinese culture, so the collections are mostly Chinese or related to China. The most favorite art work he likes is called k’o-ssu, and he has kept more than 20 pieces of k’o-ssu in his family in the United States. The k’o-ssu is a kind of handicraft, a type of weaving done by the tapestry method in fine silks with gold thread. The k’o-ssu, unique in China, first produced in the Song Dynasty, was used to make robes in the dynasties and copy valuable paintings and palace decorations, therefore it has a good reputation of "the thing of the divine in woven fabric" and "carved silk". Mr. Qiu told me with regrets: "Tapestry production process is very complex, an artist must spend an extremely long time to complete a piece of art work, I do not know whether this technology can be passed on, so the tapestry is increasingly scarce." Talking about the anecdotes of collection, Mr. Qiu recalled that in the 1960s, there was a group of Buddha figures in Hong Kong and he bought all of them. "I am not a Buddhist, but the Buddha figures are part of Chinese culture. There was a time when my house was full of statues of Buddha, and I also had a relationship with the Buddha.”
 
Mr. Qiu's collection covers a wide range, on the walls of Qiu’s Shanghai apartment hang several glass paintings inlaid in the picture frames, the color is bright, and the adornment is interesting and rich. Mr. Qiu said that the glass paintings were popular in Europe and America, during the reign of Qianlong emperor in the Qing Dynasty, Italian painter Giuseppe Castiglione introduced this kind of paintings into China. Afterwards, many Chinese folk-custom glass paintings were exported to Europe and America, and the 19th century Chinese glass paintings are still very popular with foreigners now. Mr. Qiu also has a lot of ivory carving by Chinese and Japanese in his home in the United States. Mentioning the Japanese ivory carving art, Mr. Qiu was full of praise and he said, "Japanese ivory carving art is very high, the lines are vivid, which is relevant with Japanese respect for the artists." China's current art is too commercial, some artists think of themselves as plasterers, seeking instant success and quick profits, which affects the artistic quality. Now there is international ban on ivory trade and circulation, and I cannot bring those ivory carvings back to China.”
 
It is because Mr. Qiu mainly collects antiques from overseas auctions, his collection is mostly kept in his American home. In recent years, every time he returned to China, he brought some back, accumulating to a certain amount and he donated them to the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation. "It doesn't matter how much it's worth, it's all my heart." I just hope that the price of the auction is higher than the price I bought, so that I can help more children who need help.”
 
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☐ a glass painting hung at Mr. Qiu’s home
 
Mr. Qiu says he is reckless, but at auction he is more rational. The auction house is the most delighted because the bidding is so competitive. Speaking of the small auction in California two years ago, Mr. Qiu said he went there with his wife. I had my eye on a Chinese Qing Dynasty bowl, my wife was worried about my impulsion when I participated in the auction. Then I said that I’m up to pay only 10,000 dollars, the result was someone else bought it away at price of 20,000 dollars. A few days ago in an auction catalogue of Beijing, I saw the bowl that is as high as 20 million yuan. But my mentality is very good, the United States auction is also not complete true, all by personal vision. I usually have 60% certainty to bid.
 
Mr. Qiu said that although he is old, but he has been insisting on learning. "A person must often use brain, I have to see a lot of things on my ipad every day. Learning is also a sport." Mr. Qiu said while opening the ipad on the couch, his fingers were skillfully sliding on the screen with the collection of Japanese kimono, ivory carving, Chinese porcelain, jade ... appearing one by one, as if enumerating his family treasures with pleasure. A chicken cylinder cup on the screen makes his eyes bright, and the chicken cylinder cup is particularly noticeable in recent years by a Shanghai collector who has scrambled it to sky-high price." It was bought at an auction in the United States, and it was like thousands of dollars," he said. The bottom stamp is Cheng Hua, but in fact all the time until the Qing Dynasty all the chicken cylinder cups used the same bottom stamp, so it is difficult to distinguish between true and false. I do not really study the collecting things, only enjoy the process. The collection has fun, the donation also has fun, I only want to do some good deeds." said Mr. Qiu.
 
 
☐ A Chinese-staff-shaped vase with double dragons
 
☐ 18th century China teapot exported to Europe and America, donated to SSCLF
 
☐ A chicken cylinder cup kept at home in America
 
Farmer Entrepreneurship Relay Baton project issues student subsidies to project household’s daughter
2018-01-31
On January 27, 2018, the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation’s Farmer Entrepreneurship Relay Baton Project issued student subsidies to Chen Zuyin, daughter of project household Cen Hehui at edible fungus base of Xinyuan village in Sandu Shui Autonomous County, Guizhou province. The Women's Federation of Zhouqin township vice director Li Deying attended the activity and Lizhong Edible Fungus Farmers Professional Cooperative director Chen Jinbang handed over the student subsidies to project household Cen Hehui.
 
The edible fungus project was launched at Zhouqin Township in October 2015. The local farmers participating in the project can not only enjoy 50,000 yuan interest-free venture capital fund, but their children admitted to colleges can also receive a certain amount of student subsidies. Chen Zuyin, admitted to Guizhou Institute of Technology in 2016, through the procedures of application, review and approval, she became the second college student in Zhouqin Township to receive the student subsidies from the SSCLF’s Farmer Entrepreneurship Relay Baton Project.
 
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