On the evening of September 27th, a foreign expert reception for celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China was held in the Great Hall of the People. Han Zheng, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Premier of the State Council, attended the meeting and delivered a speech. James, the foreign teacher from HUAS and the winner of theXiangxiang Friendship Award, was invited to the reception. A total number of 1900 people including foreign experts and their spouses working in China for a long time from the fields of technology, economy, management, culture and education and staff from relevant departments of the central state in Beijing attended the reception.
James felt honored to attend the reception. He said that the atmosphere of Beijing during the National Day was impressive. All the shops on the street were hung with the Chinese national flags, which turned the place into an ocean of redness. What is more, the flowers of various colors made the celebration more colorful. All these left a deep impression on James who went to Beijing for the first time. Beijing was a beautiful, clean and green city. The achievements made by Chinese people in the past 70 years were amazing.
On the afternoon of September 25th, HUAS held a farewell party at Room A704, Yifu Building for the outstanding foreign teacher James who would attend the National Day celebration.
James has been working at HUAS for ten years since 2009. He has been widely praised by colleagues and students for his professionalism, and he has been rated as the excellent teaching staff at HUAS. Moreover, he has been so kind and generous to donate blood for the disasters happened in Yushu, Qinghai and to give his money to the people needed such as the anti-Japanese war veterans and poor students. He has been studying and spreading Chinese culture for years and he was awarded theXiangxiang Friendship Award by the Hunan Provincial Foreign Experts Bureau and was entitled to special allowances from the provincial government. His stories have been widely reported by the media. On the National Day of 2017, CCTV4 broadcasted the special report titledJames: A Good Foreign Samaritan to tell the world about his touching stories. In March 2018, an article titledThe Heart of a Foreign Leifeng was published on the 5th issue of theParty Building magazine.