Their love of Shanghai wins prizes


Yasuga Kure (right), from Japan, receives first prize from Cheng Meihong, deputy director of Shanghai Culture and Tourism Administration.

How does Shanghai look in the eyes of expats? The fifth Shanghai Get-Together Writing Contest Awards might shed some light.

Co-organized by Shanghai Daily, the contest attracted more than 250 participants from 42 countries and regions this year, who shared their experiences, observations and thoughts on the city. Around 100 were written in Chinese, the rest in English. The awards ceremony was held today at the Shanghai United Media Group.

First prize went to Yasuga Kure from Kyoto, Japan, who wrote in excellent Chinese about how well she was treated by warm-hearted locals and fully mingled into Shanghai life when she studied economics in 2016-17 at Fudan University.

“It’s about 1,400 kilometers between Kyoto and Shanghai, but each time I close my eyes, the faces of my classmates and teachers pop up, smiling at me,” she wrote in “A Letter to My Dearest Shanghai.”

One of the second-prize winners, Niamh Doherty from Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom, wrote about meeting a Chinese girl from a hospitable and welcoming family, who gave her a handful of aquamarine roses as gift and guided her during her 10-day visit this summer.

“My dreams were fulfilled in the blossoming meadow of Shanghai, and it is the simple friendship here that will last a lifetime,” Doherty wrote in her story “The Blue Flower of Shanghai.”

The writing contest, which is held every two years, is open to all foreigners who live, study or travel in Shanghai. The other organizers include Shanghai People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Shanghai Culture and Tourism Administration and Shanghai Library.

“I’m so touched and surprised when I read these stories about Shanghai. I see love, understanding, warmth and tolerance of the city,” said Jing Ying, vice president of Shanghai People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

Source: SHINE

Editor: Shen Ke

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