Exchange event for Chinese, Japanese and South Korean Gen Zers strengthens cultural and friendly ties

Wuhan, China, September 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A GLOBAL TIMES ONLINE report:

Representatives of the youth of China, Japan and South Korea had lively discussions and enjoyed fascinating cultural experience activities through online and offline means during an exchange event jointly organized by the China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA), the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS ) and the Hubei Provincial People’s Government Information Office in Wuhancapital of central china Hubei province, the August 23.

The event themed “Gen Zers unite to advance towards a shared future” included activities centered on three topics, namely the traditional cultures of China, Japan and South Koreathe historical ties between the three close neighbors, and how the Gen Zers of the three countries can play a better role in promoting the cooperation and development of the three countries in the new era.

The event brought together over 100 participants from the three countries, including youth representatives, government officials, diplomats and journalists.

Wu Hailong, Chairman of the CPDA, Erkenjiang Tulahong, Vice Chairman of the Hubei Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Ou Boqian, General Secretary of the TCS, Ambassador of Japan to China Hideo Tarumi, Ambassador of South Korea to China Chung Jae-ho, and Liu Jinsong, Director General of the Department of Asian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), attended and delivered speeches at the opening ceremony of the event.

In a friendly and lively atmosphere, 18 young representatives from the three countries discussed topics such as language, film and television culture, cooking, tea culture, electronic sports and street dancing.

Youth representatives also gained practical experience of Hubei intangible cultural heritage, including tea ceremony, pottery, dough modeling and embroidery, marveling at the unique charm of the deep historical and cultural deposits of Hubei Province.

Cultural performances were also held during the event, with performances such as the popular song Lonely Warrior performed in the languages ​​of the three countries, a fashion show featuring Hubei intangible cultural heritage, and a creative performance integrating Chinese martial arts and street dance, winning thunderous applause.

“It’s the first time for me to participate in such an exchange activity. It’s really a precious opportunity for me. I tried clay modeling for the first time at the event,” said a South Korean student at Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

Impressed with Lonely Warrior’s performance, Zhang Yu‘an, a Chinese television personality working in South Koreabelieves that music connects the hearts of young people in all three countries.

“The contagious smiles on the faces of the children of China, Japan and South Koreathe determination in their eyes, as well as their energetic movements showed us all that the future of the world is in the hands of young people,” Zhang said.

“Yichang City, where I live now, and my hometown, Gyeongju, are sister cities. I hope the two cities will have more frequent interactions and exchanges,” said a South Korean blogger working in Yichang. , Hubei Province.

Youth exchanges have always been a key area of ​​cooperation between China, Japan and South Korea. However, these exchanges have been seriously affected by the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic over the past two and a half years.

The youth exchange activity held at Wuhan, therefore, attracted wide attention and praise from the participants. The exchange activity is believed to have sounded the clarion call for people-to-people and cultural exchanges between the three countries in the post-pandemic era.

The event provided a valuable opportunity for attendees to gain a better understanding of different cultures, said Hideo Tarumiwho hopes the event will usher in more exchanges and closer cooperation between the three countries.

Young people are the masters of the future, and the exchange activity was an important opportunity and is of great importance for exchanges and cooperation between young people in the three countries, according to Chung Jae-oh.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan and the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and South KoreaWu Hailong said, noting that the three countries should take the anniversaries as an opportunity to intensify exchanges in various industries, especially the cultural sector, and step up efforts to bring their peoples together.

As digital natives, young people, Gen Z in particular, play an irreplaceable role in promoting people-to-people exchanges and perceptions, Erkenjiang Tulahong said.

Cultural interactions and integration have enabled the three countries to shape shared cultural values East Asiawhich is the cultural foundation of cooperation between them, Ou Boqian said, adding that cultural exchanges between young people can further strengthen the cultural bond between the three countries.


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