MBL Charity Event – Mr FENG jiCai (冯骥才)’s Leture at Oxford Wed 10th April 2013

MBL Charity Event – Mr FENG jiCai (冯骥才)’s Leture at Oxford Wed 10th April 2013 (PDF in Chinese version was submitted by OXCSSA)

MBL at CACH Reunion 2013 (22nd – 24th March)

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Most of the volunteers arrived at the Dovery Hotel during the morning of March 23rd.. They had prepared a day of workshops for the children from all age groups. Bingqian He and Fan Wu were responsible for Chinese Calligraphy, Paper Cutting and Chinese Painting workshops. They taught the children to write “Father and Mother I love you” with the brush and how to cut “double happinesses” and “Four Springs.” Yixuan Wang is a college student who has a deep understanding of Chinese dance and costumes ran two workshops throughout the day to teach the children traditional Chinese dance, which as one parent said, “was an extremely enjoyable experience.” Jiang Li and Yunbian Zhu were Tai Chi and Er Hu masters respectively, and their workshops were all popular among the children and the parents.

At the MBL stall, XIAO Li and LI Xu were busy chatting with the parents regarding their experiences with the children. It was a touching moment when parents shared how they met and grew with their babies from China. Later that day, MBL arranged a Chinese Minority Costume Try-on Session where the children had the opportunity to dress like Chinese minorities and learn about their different cultures. The purpose of this session was to encourage the children to explore a different phase of the Chinese culture.

On the morning of 24th, the three-day event closed with the Reunion Grand Finale. MBL volunteer Li Jiang performed Tai Chi with Yixuan Wang playing Chinese flute in accompany. It was an unforgettable experience for all MBL volunteers to see the love between the parents and their adopted children. It really proves how love can go beyond ethnic, nationality and religion and to reach the very essence of human nature.

 

Report by MBL volunteer WU Fan

23 March 2013: MBL’s co-presenting “A Day Celebrating Chinese Culture”

Wonderful events on the day…especially: –Film screening of AFTERSHOCK (http://www.mediaasia.com/aftershock/en_main.html) followed by MBL founder Xinran’s joining Panel discussion about China today –Performance of CONSUMED –Musical performance by MBL volunteer ZHU YunBian (Cantonese name: Wan Pin Chu) A Day Celebrating Chinese Culture with MBL founder Xinran and MBL volunteer – musician ZHU YunBian (Cantonese name: Wan Pin Chu) Venue: Chickenshed Theatre, Chase Side, Southgate, London, N14 4PE

 

More details ofthe  event, please click HERE : http://www.chickenshed.org.uk/2190/shows/consumed-presented-by-border-crossings.html

 

 

 

20th March 2013: An International Perspective on Gender Inequality and Development at University of Birmingham.

20th March 2013: An International Perspective on Gender Inequality and Development at University of Birmingham.

MBL will support Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) Birmingham, to host an interactive seminar, which will discuss ongoing feminist issues in two of the emerging global powers; namely, India and China.

14th March 2013: Xinran’s lecture & MBL Volunteer Recruitment Fair at Oxford University

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20th – 23rd February 2013: MBL & Xinran in the Netherlands

20th – 23rd February 2013: MBL & Xinran in the Netherlands

26th January 2013: MBL at China Development Forum 2013 (LSE CDS)

MBL at China Development Forum 2013 and Event Report from LSE CDS

 

There are more videos of  Xinran at CDF 2013 on The Role of Civil Society (http://www.lsecds.org/interview.php?id=16) and Yong Development (http://www.lsecds.org/interview.php?id=18)

MBL volunteer TAN ZiWei Interpretation Support at CDF 2013 on China’s Asia-Pacific Relations and Disputes (http://www.lsecds.org/interview.php?id=14) 

MBL Trip in China (Dec 2012) – Lilly from Cheltenham Ladies’ College

Lilly’s Volunteering Experience with MBL in China

MBL volunteer Lilly (graduated from Cheltenham Ladies’ College) went to China for her two weeks volunteering experience with MBL in Nanjing in Dec 2012.

As a MBL base in China, Nanjing BaiXia Children’s Palace provides courses of traditional and contemporary arts and skills to local children/youth. More than 20,000 pupils aged between five and fifteen attending courses regularly every year. And MBL also works with schools, colleges, and universities in China and regularly invites international artists, scholars, and writers…as MBL volunteers to visit and give lecture/workshop to the students there.

Teaching Chinese children at school

For more details and Lilly’s article about her experience please click: Lilly’s Volunteering Experience with MBL in China