Pearl S. Buck Research Center Work
Despite the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Pearl S. Buck Research Association in Zhenjiang continued its work to promote Pearl Buck’s legacy and brand. To that end, Lu Zhangping, President of the Research Association, attended the 2020 Zhenjiang Foreign Publicity Work Conference and participated in a forum organized by Zhenjiang Social Science Association, focusing on building Pearl S. Buck Cultural Street, and developing Pearl S. Buck cultural tourism. The Pearl S. Buck Culture Street will help better tell the story of Pearl S. Buck in Zhenjiang by integrating cultural and tourism elements such as relics and scenic spots related to Pearl Buck’s life there. The Pearl S. Buck Culture and Art School and the Pearl S. Buck Art Troupe were also established. On June 26, a cultural event was held in Pearl S. Buck Cultural Park to commemorate the 128th anniversary of Buck’s birth.
Promoting Pearl Buck’s Legacy
The Pearl S. Buck Research Association also continued its key mission of promoting Pearl Buck research. It successfully held its annual conference and academic seminar in January 2020. Awards were given to 11 Pearl Buck research projects. In addition, the first summer study camp for young scholars of Pearl S. Buck was held featuring an editorial exchange and online activities with famous Chinese researchers. The camp attracted 80 teachers and graduate campers from 13 universities. More than 150 people at home and abroad studied and interacted online every day.
Helping Those in Need
The Pearl S. Buck Research Association continues to be devoted to providing charity assistance. Some members and volunteers of the Association regularly go to nursing homes and centers for the disabled to provide companionship, psychological comfort and material help to vulnerable groups. They provide disabled students with tea art and Camellia training and help them learn life skills.
Chongshi Girls School Update
Even though the pandemic forced the school to teach classes remotely, the Chongshi Girls School students still had a good year. The girls studied hard and adapted well to the online classroom. To help alleviate some stress the school encouraged the girls to read more books, especially books by Pearl S. Buck and books about strong women in history.
The school focused on the physical health of the students by encouraging each girl to participate in sports activities such as yoga, floor hockey, and kick boxing. Emotional health was also a priority for the students, especially during these trying times of living through a global pandemic virus.
Chongshi Girls’ School participates in an exchange program that enriches the student’s lives by broadening their minds and helping them develop better communication and language skills. The girls have visited the United States, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
Thank you to all the child sponsors and program donors who support Pearl S. Buck International’s work in China, Pearl Buck’s second home. Thanks to your generosity, her legacy there will continue for years to come.