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China's national flag flies on US campuses

(People's Daily Overseas Edition)

15:51, November 07, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Beijing, Nov.7 (People's Daily Online) -- A wave of "international education and culture fever" has emerged on U.S. campuses since the U.S. Department of Education and Department of State declared one week each November to be "International Education Week" in 2000.

Many schools will hold a variety of international culture and education activities during the week in order to promote a better understanding of other countries among American students.

U.S. President Barack Obama announced in 2009 that the United States will send 100,000 students to China over the following four years. The China-focused "International Education Week" has also been increasingly popular in the United States.

More and more Chinese national flags have appeared at U.S. campuses over recent years, making for a pretty impressive sight there.

I was invited to visit the University of Mississippi in May 2008. When I was touring the beautiful campus, I happened to see China's national flag flying in the air. My eyes were immediately moist and could not help being excited and proud. I had the urge to cry, "Homeland, I love you."

In 2007, I received an email from Ma Wennuo, a teacher of the Chattahoochee Technical of the Georgia, telling me that several Chinese students from the Sanjiang University of Nanjing raise a Five-Starred Red Flag in front of the door of their dormitory building on the National Day of China. When she learned that the flag was actually brought from China to the United States by one of the students, she said with a sigh that no matter where you are, your homeland is always where the soul longs to be.

"After I arrive at a new place with everything unfamiliar, I always miss my home and country and miss them even deeper on festivals. But, with the national flag accompanying me, I always feel the support of the homeland and will become more delighted, confident and energetic."

For an overseas Chinese, the most delightful thing is that I always could see the Five-Starred Red Flag waving in the wind no matter where I am. Whenever I see it, I will always feel energetic and hopeful and always forget myself and remember the homeland.

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