Update: 2017-03-20 09:34:03 Source: MeiZhou Daily Hits:13
Recently, Chen Shengyuan, Canadian Federal congressman, Li Guoxian, District Councilor of Markham City and York Region, Ontario, Fan Wei ,president of Vancouver chamber of Commerce, and their entourage came back to Meizhou, to explore the cooperation in economic and trade, culture and other aspects, and consolidate the friendship between Markham and Meizhou. Tan Jun Tie, secretary of Meizhou Municipal Party Committee and head of Municipal People's Congress Standing Committee, Yu QiBao, Municipal Committee and Secretary-General, and Vice Mayor Zhang Chen met with the delegation.
Chen Shengyuan and Li Guoxian could speak fluent Hakka dialect, their parents were native of Meizhou Hakka. Since his high school, Chen Shengyuan exposed his political talent, and was ranked in "Canada's most watched 100 young people”by Macleans magazine. In October 2015, Chen Shengyuan was elected as the Canadian Federal congressman, becoming a member of 338 congressman after Canada's redistricting.
This was the first time to return Meizhou after Chen Shengyuan had been elected as the Canadian Federal congressman. During the trip, Chen Shengyuan and his entourage visited the China Hakka Museum, DongShan College and other places, they were amazed at the ever-changing development of hometown. Chen Shengyuan said that there were about 60,000 Canadian Hakka descendants, especially concentrated in Markham City. They always uphold the Hakka tradition, never forget they are Hakka. In the future,they will continue to promote cultural heritage work among the Canadian Hakka Chinese, to consolidate the friendship between Markham and Meizhou. At the same time, he also hoped that Meizhou,as the "Capital of Hakkas in the World”,could support Markham city to win the election to hold the 31st World Hakka Conference in 2021.
The World Hakka Conference is one of the most influential international events in the world. Since the first session of the World Hakka Conference held by HongKong Tsung Tsin Association in 1971, the Conference has been held 28 sessions in 11 countries and regions in Asia, America and Africa. On October 13th this year,the 29th World Hakka Conference will be held in Hong Kong again.