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Korea Town blooms in Changchun, northeast China

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01-13-2017 13:19 BJT

By CCTV.com Panview editor team     

Editor’s foreword: "Looking China" International Youth Film Project is co-organized by the Academy for International Communication of Chinese Culture (AICCC), Beijing Normal University and Huilin Foundation, which aims to showcase the contrasting simplicity and glamour, the antiquity and fashion of China through unique perspectives of young foreign film makers.

As of the year 2016, 101 students from 25 countries were invited to participate in the project. They were stationed in 13 municipality, provinces and autonomous regions here in China. Every filmmaker has worked out a 10-minute short film about Chinese culture around the topic of “ethnic minority”.


The film, Jindalai Flower, depicts ethnic Koreans, who first migrate to Yangbian, China in northeast China’s Jilin Province and later to the big city, Changchun.

Many Koreans in the region, hailed from the Korean Peninsula in the mid 19th century and sought better fortunes in pursuit of their China Dream. Most arrive in China in poverty, but with strong family roots they can rely on each other to obtain better standards of living.

Koreans remain steadfast to long-cherished customs, such as wearing hanbok, Korean traditional outfits, for family ceremonies and celebrations. The young and elderly are encouraged to learn ancient Korean music as well.

The ties that bind for ethnic Koreans who migrate to Changchun are Korean families placing their greatest importance on caring for the elderly and young. Children must study hard for family harmony and strive for ambitious goals. 

The Changchun ethnic-Korean high school appears to be the hub of activities for the 2.3 million Korean families who live here. The young students get a proper education while the elderly participate in community programs at the school, which include ancient Korean music courses.

Keeping traditions strong with ingrained habits have helped ethnic-Koreans to overcome so much adversity and achieve greater success.

 

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