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Tianjin Torch Bearer Huang Qixing: Two Lives of A Returned Overseas Chinese Scientist
2008-07-25 16:09:28     CRIENGLISH.com

Returned overseas Chinese scientist Huang Qixing interviews with China Radio International and China National Radio reporters at his home in Tianjin on Monday, July 14, 2008. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com]

Returned overseas Chinese scientist Huang Qixing, divides his life experiences into two categories: science and politics.

But this time he spares his attention to sports. The seventy-nine-year-old is the oldest torch bearer of the relay in northern China's Tianjin Municipality.

Huang was born to an overseas Chinese family in Vietnam and moved to China in 1955 after studying and working in France.

Huang said his return was stimulated by the image of new China that Premier Zhou Enlai showed at the Geneva Conference on Korea and Indo-China in 1954. The comparison to the past made him decide to come back.

"The foreigners used to look down on Chinese because our country was not strong. When we saw Premier Zhou's proud demeanor at the conference, we saw the brilliant image of Chinese leaders in the world for the first time."

After back to China, Huang began researching at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He soon got the opportunity to meet Premier Zhou just before National Day in 1955.

"I knew that Premier Zhou had studied in France, so I spoke to him in French. I said, 'Mr. Premier, I responded to your call to come back.' The Premier shook my hands and replied in French, 'The motherland welcomes you. I hope you can contribute what you studied in the West to the construction of our country.' I will never forget the scene."

Following Premier Zhou's request, Huang has devoted himself to the modernization of China for more than fifty years.

After contributing to scientific research for over thirty years, Huang started the second phase of his life, in politics. As a senior member of the Jiu San (Sept. 3rd) Society, one of China's democratic parties, he coordinated efforts between his roles as a public servant and a political advisor for the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Huang took up posts for the city's Tanggu District, the Standing Committee of the Tianjin People's Congress, the Central Committee of the Jiu San Society, and the All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese.

After witnessing the vast changes in China during the past couple of decades, Huang says he is prouder than ever to be a former overseas Chinese.

"We Chinese people, wherever we are, will never change our patriotic hearts. Especially in the thirty years of reform and opening up, our country has truly stood in the world, so all of the overseas Chinese feel very proud."

As a respected person in Tianjin, Huang will finish off the first day of the torch relay in the city, in the Binhai New Area, on August 1.

"As an aged torch bearer of Tianjin, I found it to be a very precious opportunity. Meanwhile, as a returned overseas Chinese intellectual who has served our country for more than fifty years, I feel very proud to become a torch bearer in my old age."

Huang also hopes that overseas Chinese can feel the care emanating from the motherland through his experience in the torch relay.

Huang is currently an honorary deputy chairman of the Central Committee of the Jiu San Society and a lifelong honorary chairman of the All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese.


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