Presidents

Honorary President (UK) 荣誉会长(英国), James Kynge 金奇 (More... 更多…)

James Kynge, Honorary President (UK)"China's economic rise and the evolving diversification of its culture have created a wealth of opportunity. An acquaintance with the Chinese language allows people to access this opportunity in a deeper and broader context, regardless of whether the individual motivation is commercial, academic, professional or simply an abiding interest. Some 30 years ago, the number of UK citizens with an inclination to study Chinese or to live and work in China represented only a slender fringe in society and, also in those days, the welcome extended to outsiders by the People's Republic remained guarded and cool. Now, however, intimations of China's presence are found even in commonplace expressions of everyday life, and hundreds of thousands of British people live and work throughout the Chinese mainland. The establishment of the Association for Speakers of Chinese as a Second Language (Chinese Speakers) provides an invaluable forum to help members network among themselves, understand new developments in the rapidly changing UK-China environment and encourage those starting out in their careers, as well as seasoned "China hands", to locate the opportunities that suit them best. I am delighted to be a part of it."

“中国的经济崛起和文化的多元化进展创造了大量的机会。对中国语言的熟悉了解能使人们在更深入和广泛的环境中进入这些机会,无论个人的动机是关于商业的,学术的,职业的或者简单的持久兴趣。三十几年前,英国公民有意愿学习汉语或者去中国生活和工作的数量在社会中微乎其微,而且在那个时期,中华人民共和国对外来访者保持着谨慎和冷漠。然而现在,中国存在感的暗示甚至存在于日常生活中的平常表达,也有数十万的英国人生活和工作在中国大陆。汉语之友协会的成立提供了一个十分珍贵的论坛来帮助会员们之间互助沟通,理解快速变化下的英中环境中的新发展及鼓励事业刚起步阶段的和经验丰富的“中国通”们来定位最适合他们的机会。我非常高兴能够参与其中。”

Honorary President (China) 荣誉会长 (中国), Carma Elliot CMG OBE 艾琳 (More... 更多…)

Lance Browne, Honorary President (China)"I graduated in Chinese and German from Leeds and Fudan Universities in 1987. On graduation I joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office: for over 23 years between 1987-2010 I worked in a total of 6 countries in a wide variety of roles including trade and investment and political. My final three postings were as Consul-General in Chongqing, Jeddah and Shanghai. I was awarded the OBE in 2003 for services to British trade in China and was honoured to receive a CMG in 2010, following the UK's success at the Shanghai World Expo 2010. I then went on to become Executive Director at China’s largest international NGO, the Half the Sky Foundation (2010-2013), before joining the British Council in April 2013 and taking up my post as Director China. 2018 marks the 34th anniversary of my first coming to China, and I have spent most my adult life here. I am also proud and humbled to be mum to two great Chinese girls. Learning Chinese and engaging with China has truly shaped my life, and given me opportunities to grow and develop personally and professionally. Chinese language skills and understanding and appreciation of China have undoubtedly at times given me a competitive edge as I developed my career."

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