MBL and London Chinese Guitar Club (LCGC) December 2014

MBL is aiming to create bridges of understanding between China and the West, MBL is dedicated to support diverse overseas Chinese societies in the UK. As what you familiar with that we have introduced many Chinese elements, including Kungfu, paper-cutting and calligraphy. We hope more and more Chinese children who were adopted by western families and who were grown up in Western countries, those Chinese people who live and work in the UK, and westerners who are interested in China and Chinese culture could have the opportunity to enjoy Chinese music in the UK, and we are proud to be leading this effort.


Here, MBL is pleased to announce the start of our co-operation with the London Chinese Guitar Club (LCGC) – we believe you still remember their incredible performance at our 10th Anniversary Celebration. The LCGC is the first guitar club based in London open for Mandarin speakers. It consists of monthly events, which are carrying out in London. All its artists are handpicked among many Chinese professionals and students in the UK, which is a real club for passionate Chinese music fans. They are playing and singing familiar euphonic Chinese and international songs in the UK!


MBL has been supporting LCGC with few events in 2014.








YANG Mi[杨幂yáng mì](Know more about YANG Mi, please click HERE ),she is a very famous Chinese actress and singer. This time, she came to London as the ambassador of the China International Film Festival London 2014. In addition to this, YANG Mi attended her FanMeeting at UCL, meanwhile, she and the KONG XiangXi who is the chairman of China International Film Festival London Presented 1800 pounds to MBL at the end of this FanMeeting event.
YANG Mi cares about children and female issue, and she would like to contribute her effort to support MBL. She just gave birth to a baby girl and become a mother in this June. YANG Mi also said when she pregnant, she was told her baby girl’s heart is a bit small. She mentioned, ‘Now my daughter is alright and heathy, however I will never forget the painful feeling. Therefore I understand if how important a baby means to a entire family’.

Event Facebook Link, please click HERE

Time/Date Sun 7 Dec 2014, 1:30PM – 3:30PM
Venue University College London (UCL)Cruciform LT1Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
Attendees Chairman of MBL trustees: Toby EadyMBL trustee: Ching-He HUANGMBL Team Leader: XIAO LiMBL Volunteers:CUI ZheBIAN YuanYU WenLingMA YaWei



WU You(Photographer)

Apologies YAN Ye (was late)


Time Activity Participants
13:15 arrived, and prepared MBL Leader XIAO Li  and MBL Volunteers
13:30 – 15:00 Fans admission
15:00 – 15:30 Warming-up Host: DU HaiTao
15:30 – 16:20 Interaction with YANG Mi:1.     YANG Mi gives speech2.     Interactive games3.     Asking questions to YANG Mi4.     Video showing YANG MiHost: DU HaiTao and fans
16:20-16:25 Specific process of donation activity(Photos will be illustrated below) Xiao Li & Toby & Ching Accepted the donation chequeToby Awarded YANG Mi the certificateChing Awarded KONG XiangXi the certificateXIAO Li Giving gift to YANG Mi,KONG XiangXi (Echo bag, book, T-shirt)

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DSC_0260Xiao Li & Toby & Ching Accepted the donation cheque (From left to right: XIAO Li; HUANG Ching-He; Toby Eady; YANG Mi; KONG XiangXi)


IMG_2839Toby Awarded YANG Mi the certificate (Toby, YANG Mi)


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IMG_2812Toby spoke (Toby, YANG Mi)


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IMG_9304IMG_2835XIAO Li was introducing MBL (XIAO Li, Ching, CUI Zhe, Toby, YANG Mi,DU HaiTao)


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IMG_9306MBL team photo with YANG Mi at the donation ceremony (Top row: CUI Zhe, XIAO Li, Ching, Toby, KONG XiXiang, YANG Mi, DU HaiTao; Down row: BIAN Yuan, YU WenLing,YAN Ye, MA YaWei, ZHANG TianYun,WU You, Bai Lu)


IMG_9303MBL Leader XIAO Li and MBL volunteers family photo (CUI Zhe, MA YaWei, BIAN Yuan, YU WenLing,ZHANG TianYun, YAN Ye, XIAO Li;  Front: WU You)


Reported by MBL Volunteer MA YaWei

MBL Children Centre Thanksgiving Workshop November 2014

Thanksgiving Workshop’s Schedule


11 am: arrive in Nanjing

11am-12pm: launch

12pm-14pm: set up workshop:

–         upload video online

–         preparing box for turkey recipe

–         preparing video for song

–         preparing gifts ( a few candies or chocolate bars)

–         prepare the thanksgiving cards

14 pm: welcoming and introduction (10-15 mins)

14.15: show Thanksgiving video to the kids to explain what Thanksgiving is (5 mins)

14.20: TURKEY ACTIVITY – explain what is the turkey tradition and the recipe to make it. Kids will learn the English name of simple ingredients (e.g.: salt, pepper, tomato, oil, vegetables) and kitchen staff (e.g.: oven, knife, fork, etc..) . They will be divided in 2 groups. The two groups have to be able to recognise which ingredients are correct for the recipe and their correct order (40 mins)

15.00: SONG ACTIVITY – play a song and the kids divided in 2 groups have to guess the right words of the lyrics (25 mins)

15.25: kids can write on the Thanksgiving letter whom they want to say thanks to and we will help them with the English (30mins).

15.55: we can have some snacks and drink something together to finish up before leaving

16.00: Thank everyone for attending the workshop !



–         computer with wifi acess

–         video projector

–         2 boxes (to make it look like a turkey)

–         pens, pencils and papers

–         Thanksgiving cards

–         Some candies and chocolate bars to give as price

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MBL volunteer SU XiaoMeng’s Charity Fundraising Cycling around the UK September 2014

A special volunteer showed up on MBL’s 10th anniversary! Apart from the Martial Art performance, he is supported by MBL for fundraising cycling to Scotland in the coming September. Xiaomeng Su, a Chinese cyclist who has been cycling for over 8000 miles in three years within UK, wish to show his personal support and raise fund for the Chinese children in need via this simple and sustainable way. Both Xiaomeng and MBL would like to pursue opportunities of education and future development for Chinese Children in rural area. This simple and meaningful cycling tour is a way to explore, it is also a way back to love and help!

We are calling bicycle companies,  cycling facilities companies and sportwear companies to be our honored supporters, and we are also calling passionate cyclers who would like to join XiaoMeng!

For further information about supporting Xiaomeng’s cycling, please email at: headoffice@mothersbridge.org.  




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Alice’s Volunteering Experience with MBL in Nanjing, China 2014

Alice is going to Oxford University to do her BA Chinese Studies, she also got scholarship from Oxford University.


At 21th and 27th September, MBL Nanjing Children Centre team leads by ZHU Li, PAN ZhiGang and XIONG Qian,  invited Alice to a talk event, in oder to share her experience and answered questions for these parents who would like to send their children to UK for further education.


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Alice also went to Special Needs School to meet, play, and teach the children there!

Some training courses on how to teach children with special needs.

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Teaching and playing with children…look how concentrate Alice was, and how happy the children were with Alice!

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Pastry baking workshop for local kids.

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Alice’s volunteering at Children Culture Centre, and meanwhile attending some Chinese culture workshops there.

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MBLers in Suzhou



Suzhou, a city in South China famous for its beautiful classic gardens and handicrafts.


Two of our MBL volunteers have just started their one-year adventure in Suzhou, and they are recording their exciting life on a blog.

Italian natives, London adoptees, travel lovers currently based in Suzhou, China. Sharing our experiences over a year living,loving and working in Suzhou ! Welcome to our blog!

Here are some of their posts, for the latest update, visit their blog Home in Suzhou.

From their blog sharing, MBL would love to introduce some traditional Chinese elements to you. Please see original text below:

10 Sep


Shooting a documentary at the Master of Nets Garden/网师园

Last week we assisted for the first time at the shooting of a documentary at the Master of Nets Garden 网师园 made by our company, Suzhou Media Culture Communication or 梅地亚. We were there by the very early morning and the absence of tourists and the quite of the place helped to create a magic atmosphere. The site is unbelievably scenic as you can see from the pictures below.


MBL Academy: Suzhou is China’s well-known “city of gardens”, which tops all others in both the number (nearly 200) and the artistry of gardens. Gardening is one of the important types of architectural art, and the art of gardening has undergone a history of 1,500 years. These gardens have their own characteristics in layout, structure and style. The essence of garden is to construct beautiful surroundings by designing all the elements -mountain, water, path, indoor decoration, in a harmonious and organic way. 



(indoor decoration)


9 Sep

Asking information in Suzhou: a must do



One of the things people don’t tell you about Suzhou is how ridiculously funny can get asking information in the street. …
Here is as it goes (in Suzhou): you walk on the street and get lost -it happens all the time because most of the street don’t have names or they only have Chinese characters, which you might try to deal with but will find yourself giving up very easily- and decide to approach someone showing them the address which you trying to find. So let the show begin: you choose someone- usually young because, naively, you assume they might speak a little English- and start walking towards that person who will immediately understand you’re trying to engage in a sort of communication.  Their faces start to become worried because they know that you won’t give up that easily, which you don’t. So, after having finally stopped that misfortunate person, you try for at least 5 minutes to pronounce in a decent way those two words that you can remember….
So, if you’re thinking of asking people any sort of information be prepared because it might take a while but it will also be fun!
MBL Academy: In China, the popularisation of English is still limited, especially in some small cities, which they have their deep-rooted culture and local dialect. You will find it is difficult to find English show in Street names or menu. Normally, international travellers cannot pronounce the Chinese street names correctly even they “knew”. Thus, the moment when international tourists are asking local people direction is always funny and time consuming, sometimes finally, you even cannot get a right direction by misunderstanding in communication.

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival 2014 / 中秋节


Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Chinese Moon Festival, takes place on the 15th day of the eighth Chinese lunar month, when the moon is at its fullest and brightest version. This is one of the two most important occasions in the Chinese calendar (the other being the Spring Festival or the Chinese New Year) and it is an official holiday. This year we celebrated on September 8 and China public holidays lasted for three days. This is the time of the year for families to be together. The traditional food for mid-autumn festival is the moon cake which is round and symbolises reunion.

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Celebration of Mid-autumn festival has a long history since when the emperors had the tradition of worshiping the Sun in spring, and the Moon in autumn.
MBL Academy: Mooncake (simplified Chinese: 月饼traditional Chinese月餅pinyinyuè bĭng) is a Chinese bakery product traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节,Zhōng qiū jié). The festival is intricately linked to the legends of Chang E (嫦娥,cháng é), the mythical Moon Goddess of ImmortalityTypical mooncakes are round pastries, measuring about 10 cm in diameter and 3–4 cm thick. 
Read More on:
Home in Suzhou

MBL 10th Anniversary Celebration

MBL celebrated its 10th anniversary on Saturday 9th of August 2014, at V&A Museum of Childhood. Plenty of adoptive families, MBL supporters and enthusiastic volunteers participated to enjoy the great moment. The big day was immersed in a festival atmosphere – the museum was decorated with various Chinese elements, including Chinese lanterns, paper cuttings and flags. It was meaningful to share MBLers’ achievement in the past 10 years, and it was more a day that raise the public awareness of the adoption issues as well as the cultural exchange between the West and East.


Xinran addressed a short but heartfelt speech began the celebration. MBL’s team leader Xiao Li, ,and the members of the board Mr. Eady and Mr. Gorden also gave speeches. expressing their gratitude to the public support and gave best wishes to MBL’s bright future.

The incredible performance of London Chinese Guitar club, London Yulan Qin society and the famous violinst Anna Phoebe, as well as a team of our beloved volunteers made the BIG DAY significant and more attractive. The baby lion dance outside the venue became the favourite show among the kids. Tailored workshops met the interests of different families that parents and kids were enveloped in learning in painting, paper cut, calligraphy and Kungfu. The costume corner fascinated the attendees that many children tried on different Chinese minority clothes and took pictures with their ideal pose gladly.

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Annabel Stockman, the artist who holds the exhibition <Hand me over, hand me down> in the museum, shared the stories about her exhibition, which was composed various children’s clothes, that the kids worn when they marched to new life with new parents, taken from adoptive families.


The Celebration then ended up in Xinran’s talk. She shared her thoughts after the talk: For the Chinese youth adoptees, in which she analysed the geographic issue, sexual ratio and reasons related to the adoption.

The celebration was short as kids were keeping asking when is the next workshop and performance, the celebration was long as people all left with reflection and thinking to issues around adoptive families and cultural collision. The past ten years we have been going through was a long, tough and meaningful road. MBL believed and believes that love would bring those children in need a future with hope. We are also determined to keep providing helps to those children with supports and wishes from all of you! 


MBL Volunteer Training Day at V&A of Childhood August 2014

Date: Sunday 3rd August, 2014


Meeting Time: 14.00pm—16.00pm


Meeting Location: The Front Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood


Attendees: 20 people


On 3rd August 2014, all the volunteers gathered at V&A Museum of Childhood for a training meeting in preparation for the upcoming MBL 10th Anniversary Celebration.


Xiaoli, the team leader of MBL welcomed all the volunteers who attended the training event and would make their contribution to our celebration day, and followed by introduction by the Head Office Team.




In order to let every volunteer getting closer to MBL, the Head Office Team gave a talk regards to MBL’s three bridges, three teams, and the meaning of Mother’s Bridge of love. In addition, they did emphasize how to become qualified MBL volunteers, the responsibilities to take as MBL volunteers and some tips for working with children. 

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Anne, the museum team leader led all the volunteers to explore V&A Museum of childhood for getting familiar with the layout of the museum, further helping to run the event smoothly and successfully.



Later on, Xiaoli began to assign tasks to every volunteer, and distribute the badges. After the two-hour training meeting, every volunteer was confident that they were fully prepared for the upcoming event and wished the event a big success.


Dutch Family visited MBL Pen Friend family and MBL Culture Centre July 2014

MBL recently arranged for a Dutch adoptive family from the Netherlands for their trip in China with their two Chinese daughters, Annemarije and Nynke. Annemarije is adopted from Wuhan and Nynke is adopted from Guangdong. Both girls left China at a very young age, but returned to China with the hope of connecting to their Chinese birth culture as well as this year for joining some of MBL culture programs in China, such as Pen Friend Program (in GuangDong) and Culture Workshops at MBLCulture Centre in Nanjing. With MBL’s help and support, they wish one day they could have some information about their birth parents in China…

Their parents take them on regular trips to China as well as encourage them to study Mandarin. This time, before their trip to Nanjing, the family met with their MBL Pen Friend family in Dongguan and cooked some traditional Chinese meals including yummy dumplings! “We met up with Amy and Nancy (and family) in Dongguan and have spent a lovely day with them. We did some cooking together: it was very special for all of us” said by the Dutch mum.

At the MBL Children Centre in Nanjing, the family participated in various activities such as Chinese dancing and calligraphy classes, as well as hung the Netherlands flag on the ceiling in MBL Workshop room together with flags from other MBL friend countries all over the world.

The dad Jan mentioned: “Today we have been to Children’s Palace and met Juiie, her daughter Angelina and our guide Jenny. It was an impressive day. We even managed to put up the Dutch flag on the ceiling of MBL office… “

The great news is that this family are coming to join MBL 10th Anniversary Celebration on Friday 9th August at Museum of Childhood…Wow!

Two years ago, Annemarijie wrote a touching letter to MBL informing us of her desire to reconnect with her birthparents: 

“I wish I could find my birthparents, although I know it will be difficult as we don’t have any information about them. It is important for me as it is a very important part of me and of my life. I hope they are well and wish they are happy. Maybe we will meet in the future.”



We wish them the best of luck on their journey!

Dutch families are visiting their Pen Friend family in GuangDong…having dinner and making dumplings:)




Dutch families are having Chinese calligraphy workshop at MBL Children Centre



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Hung up the Netherlands flag on the ceiling in MBL Workshop room together with flags from other MBL friend countries all over the world.


Drafted by MBL Volunteer Stephanie YU

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SAVE THE DAY for “MBL’s 10th Anniversary Celebration”


SAVE THE DAY for “MBL’s 10th Anniversary Celebration”

Sat 9th of August 2014, 11am- 15pm, at V&A Museum of Childhood

(Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA)

The Mothers’ Bridge of Love (MBL) is going to be 10 years old this August, and we warmly invite you to celebrate our BIG day at the V&A’s lovely Museum of Childhood, which is a place for CHILDREN to enjoy who they are – and also a place for ADULTS to be reminded of their childhood with lots of interesting memories (HERE is the wonderful toy collection at the museum…can you find some from when you were a kid?) 

The founder of MBL, Xinran, an acclaimed Chinese writer, will give wonderful talk and Q&A sessions for adoptive families and people who are amazed by her beautiful writing, or who are simply interested in China and Chinese culture. Meanwhile, famous artist Annabel Stockman, and adoptive mum herself, will talk about her exhibition on Chinese adoptees’ clothes, toys, and other belongings at the moment when they were adopted Hand Me Over Hand Me Downs at the Museum.

A group of talented Musicians, Artists, KungFu Masters, Magicians, Dragon/Lion Dancers, and Chinese culture workshop leaders will be performing, demonstrating and teaching during the day. Of course, some delicious Chinese food will also be available!

More detailed information will be updated on MBL Website, MBL Facebook, MBL Twitter, and MBL Weibo.

For more event information and details, and to LET US KNOW if you can come, please email headoffice@mothersbridge.org.


We look forward to seeing you on the Sat 9th of August!

Great thanks to V&A Museum of Childhood as our supporting partner!






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(地址:Cambridge Heath Rd, London 邮编:E2 9PA



母爱桥创始者,著名旅英华裔作家欣然女士届时将发表精彩演讲。在问答环节,欢迎收养家庭、忠实读者和对中国、对华夏文化感兴趣的各界人士踊跃提问!艺术家安娜贝尔·斯托克曼,同时她自己也是一位收养了中国孩子的西方母亲,将和大家分享其在V&A儿童馆举办的被收养中国儿童衣物摄影作品展《Hand Me Over Hand Me Downs》背后的故事。



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