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SHOU LA SHOU
OUR GOAL: To promote friendship between people in Canada and China by fostering mutual understanding and appreciation of each other's society, history and social and economic institutions. To promote cultural, educational, scientific, athletic and other exchanges between Canadian and Chinese people.
MEMBERSHIP: Membership is open to anyone interested in building friendship and understanding between Canadian and Chinese people.
1965: Canada-China Friendship associations began after New China established in 1949. 1970: Canada one of the first western countries to recognize New China. As films, books and speakers became available, federation associations provided information and encouraged interaction for mutual understanding.
During the cultural revolution, the 'bamboo curtain' was lowered and China was not accessible. By the mid-1970's groups began to tour China. After 1976, China began to reopen its doors to tourists.
1980: Federation of Canada-China Friendship Associations (FCCFA) formed, with 15 affiliates from Halifax to Victoria. Currently four associations remain in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary and Victoria. FCCFA has taken more than 200 groups to China. These travelers returned to become active in local programs. As China opens up and more Chinese people come to Canada, the Federation's role is one of helping Canadians and Chinese people better understand one another.
CCCFA CALGARY ACTIVITIES
CCCFA has hosted many tours to China and will also:
Hold bi-monthly dinner meetings, including Chinese New Year Banquets. Meetings feature photos and presentations on cultural/social aspects of China.
Host members of Calgary Chinese Students & Scholars Association.
Liaise closely with PRC Consulate General in Calgary
Send members on cultural and commercial delegations/tours in China approximately every two years, hosted by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Nations. Also participate in regional federation delegations.
Host Chinese Friendship delegations to Canada.
Member of Alberta Chinese Cultural Congress: participate in their banquets and other cultural activities.
Launched Shou La Shou (Hand in Hand) program Feb 2008, to provide Chinese mentor/friends from the UofC Calgary Chinese Scholars and Students Association to Calgary area families, who have adopted Chinese children. Supporter of Mount Royal College Conservatory Chinese Music Bridge program (a summer workshop for gifted Chinese and Canadian music students.) Hosted 1989 Welcome Reception at Chinese Cultural Centre. Hosted student concerts and donated awards from 1998-2004. Hosted 1997 & 2002 FCCFA Federation annual general meetings. Life member of the Soong Ching Ling Foundation for Chinese children.
Past Activities: Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre: Donated books to Library and tapestry to Museum.
Arranged Calgary exhibition young Canadians' paintings prior to touring China.
Helped locate hearing aids for Chinese hearing-impaired children.
Entered a boat in 1998 Calgary Dragon Boat Festival.
Exhibited costumes from China's minority regions.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT JOINING: CALGARY CANADA-CHINA FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION