Amitofo Care Centre (ACC) is a Buddhist orphanage home dedicated to help Africa with Buddhism

2011-09-20 ACC kid 'A Om' shares his 'Chinese story'

ACC kid 'A Om' shares a story about his connection to the Chinese language, at the African leg of the 4th Chinese proficiency international contest:


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Hi everyone! My name is ‘A Om’ and I am 15 years old. I came from Amitofo Care Centre (ACC) in Malawi and I feel very happy to be part of this competition. Today I would like to share with you my experience in learning Chinese at ACC.

Master Hui Li, whom we consider as our ‘father’, started ACC in Malawi with the hope that he could care for the orphans in Africa. At that time a rumour started in the area I came from, saying that Chinese people are cannibals. Many locals became really concern and some of them even fled to another tribe. Fortunately some of us, including myself and my sister, stayed behind and ended up at ACC where people took great care of us and gave us the opportunity to know more about the Eastern culture, including Chinese, martial art and Buddhism.

The Chinese language really fascinates me because I get to learn about it using a variety of materials such as poetry and historic scrolls. They help me in understanding many basic principles and meanings in life, and the morale which these sages have left behind for future generations. I particularly enjoy poetry that describes beautiful scenery in the past, as it really opens up my imagination!

I truly believe in Master Hui Li when he says that the Eastern culture will enrich our lives, therefore I am putting my best effort in learning Chinese. I hope that in future I will be able to tell Chinese people more about Malawi, and that the Chinese language will be used as a bridge for the two cultures and connect us in a spiritual way. Thank you.