Two UVA students are winners in the “My China Album” competition, hosted by the Chinese Embassy and China Daily in celebration of the 40th anniversary of US-China relations: Sarah Daley won the grand prize and the Chinese language major, Kelsey Schoeman, won second prize.
“Photo event collects Sino-US memories,” China Daily (May 8) includes video remarks by both UVA students
“Photo event collects Sino-US memories,” China Daily (May 6): “Sarah Daley, a student at the University of Virginia, has deep connections with China. She spent the summer of 2018 teaching English in Hebei province and has a younger sister who was adopted from China in 2009. Both experiences left her with positive impressions of Chinese people and long-lasting friendships. Those connections led to Daley being honored by the Chinese embassy in the United States during an award ceremony in Washington on Saturday, after she shared her stories with the world through an event hosted by the embassy and China Daily.”
“Stories come to life in photos of memorable times in China,” China Daily (May 3): “Sarah Daley, a student at the University of Virginia, has deep connections with China. She has a sister who was adopted from China in 2009, and Sarah spent the summer of 2018 teaching local students English in Hebei province. Both experiences left her with positive impressions of Chinese people and long-lasting friendships. Those connections led to Daley being honored by the Chinese embassy in the US, after she shared her stories to the world through an event hosted by the embassy and China Daily….Daley was among hundreds of Americans who participated in My China Album from Feb 6 to April 19, sharing their personal stories about China through photos and captions. More than a dozen of the participants were recognized for their genuine and touching stories, with Daley receiving the grand prize — two round-trip business class airline tickets to China for her and her family. An awards ceremony will be held to highlight the stories on May 4 at the Chinese embassy in Washington. For Daley, the prize is a gift that will afford an opportunity to return to China and to continue to build relationships with Chinese people, whom Daley said "showed me such kindness and welcomed me into their country and into their lives with immediate warmth and curiosity".” http://www.chinadailyglobal.com/a/201905/03/WS5ccc5ff6a3104842260b99fd.html
Second Prize | Kelsey Schoeman, who is currently a student at the University of Virginia, lived in Beijing for six years when she was a child. Every weekend, she volunteered at Hope Healing Home, an orphanage for disabled children in Beijing. "I became a familiar and trusted face and built strong bonds while watching these children grow and learn. I witnessed them all grow bigger and stronger." http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201905/03/WS5ccc5ff6a3104842260b99fd_6.html