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Official Report of 7th Servas East Asia Conference
We had our 7th
area meeting in mid-November this year at the Language Center
inside Sun Yat
Sen University, Guangzhou, China.
one of the most famous uni- versities in China, where three key persons
Servas China are teaching; Dr. and Mrs. Changxian Yi and Prof. Jack Huang.
|This picture was taken
infront of Zi Jin Hotel inside the Sun Yat University campus. |
As soon as we
arrived the hotel, we took the picture all together with Korean Servas members
who attended this conference back ground with Servas Korea flag.
(but who’s with
white colored hair lady? She’s Ms. Tomoko
as you’ve already know that she said
she’s half Japanese, half
| After enrolled
ourselves, we’ve had dinner in down town Guangzhou near the university.|
conference was held on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17, but most of the participants
in Guangzhou City on the previous afternoon to check in at the Zi Jin
Yuan Hotel inside
|We divided the group into
three and enjoyed the Guanzhou traditional cuisine |
with various dishes. The food
was magnificient.(Gourmet food)
It was attended by nearly 42 members
from China (17), Hong Kong (1), Korea (11),
Mongolia (2), and Japan (8). No one
could participate from Taiwan this time,
but two guest members joined us from
Malaysia, Kiat and Jeff.
|We also had Levy Amir from
Jeff and Amir happened to visit us on their way back from Tibet,
Kiat, National Secretary of Malaysia, came over to attend our meeting by
|Day 1 Saturday, November
At 7:30 all the participants met at the restaurant next to the
Zi Jin Yuan Hotel to have breakfast.
Then we moved to the language center across
Dr. Changxian Yi, National Secretary of china, gave all
the attendants a welcome address.
He’s an ophthalmologist with this University
|At 9:00 Prof. Jack Huang,
the chairperson, declared the meeting open,|
and Dr. Changxian Yi, National
Secretary, gave a welcome address,
|followed by Masahiro
Nishi-yama, Area Coordinator for East Asia.
|Then Levi Amir gave a
speech on behalf of Servas International.|
talked about Israel, his mother country, using a video player.
|At 9:30 Miss Jang ui-jen
(姜宇晨) showed us Guangzhou City with a video player. |
As she played it, she talked
about the history and cultures of the city.
“Gourmet food is in Guangzhou,” she
cited as a matter of course.
|At 9:50 each National
Secretary said a word and introduced members from his / her country. |
Jong, Korea, was the first to talk, to be followed by Mr. Kunio Tanaka, Japan,
Ms. Hishige, Mongolia, Mr. Julian Kwong, former Hong Kong Secretary, and Dr.
Changxian Yi, China.
Dr. Yi introduced not only 10 Chinese members but also 7
|It was really worthy of
mention that Ms. Hishige attended as a repre- sentative from Mongolia. |
the first time in the history of the East Asia Meeting to have Mongolian members
There are 4 members in Mongolia, she said!
At the end of the
greetings, a “mouse” was presented to all the participants by Ms Eunice Zheng.
She did not teach us how to feed it, though.
|At 10:30 a welcome party
started with Ms Tiffany Zheng as MC. |
It was supposed to take place on the
previous evening, but we postponed it
since Mongolian members arrived at the
hotel so late the previous night.
First of all, the Chinese members sang in
chorus “You and Me,”
a well-known piece in a beautiful harmony.
|Then the Korean team
delighted us all with a chorus of “Arirang,” |
which was recognized by UNESCO as a
world heritage in December, 2012.
|Mr. Ryu Tae Gill chanted a
traditional folk song called “pansori.” |
|Then Mr. Choi Byun Wan,
vice president of Servas Korea, showed us a list of “Thank-you” |
Under his introduction all of us repeated “Thank you” in many
languages and sang
a “Thank you” song in chorus! Wasn’t it really suitable for a
|The third was a chorus by
Japanese members. |
With a flower in their hands they sang “Hana Wa Saku,” a song
to wish for recovery from the tsunami in March 2011.
The title means that
flowers will be in bloom.
|Then appeared Ms Tiffany
Zhen herself in a charming dress and showed us a very enticing dance! |
|Next appeared Mr. Degii from Mongolia with a harp called batokin. |
He played a beautiful melody with his instrument.
|Ms. Hishige, Secretary of Mongolia, introduced him as the best player of batokin in the country. |
After his performance was over, they presented all of us with a disc of DVD in which his
performance is recorded. It was such a beautiful music.
|At 13:00 we had lunch
together at the restaurant. After taking a rest for a while, |
at 14:50 we met
again at the lobby of the language center and enjoyed a tour
of the center
listening to a lady official’s explanation.
It is called “Base for International
Chinese Teaching Materials Development and
Teacher Training.” We could see a lot
of books and materials in each floor of the building.
At 15:20 each NS
told about his / her activity. Mr. Huh Jong, Korea, the first speaker,
overwhelmed us with his country’s activities.
For example, they issued their
first Servas Korea Newsletter in November,
featuring events and assemblies in
In May they had a walking pilgrimage attended by nearly 100 members and
In July they experienced Multicultural Creativity Camp with
UNESCO, officially sponsored
by the government.
In October a 330 km cycling was
held along the DMZ, attracting
as many as 20 members including 2 Japanese
In the same month about 20 Japanese members attended Servas Korea’s
after they enjoyed the World Garden EXPO 2013 at Suncheon. All the participant was more
|Mr. Kunio Tanaka, NS,
Japan, said that Servas Japan could recruit a young lady as|
an official in
charge of youth activity. He also said they are thinking of organizing
Japan into an NGO in the near future so that they can broaden their activities.
As a result of tsunami Japan lost 20 members, he said in grief. He also said,
“We must do something for our future, though a lot of problems await us.”
|Mr. Jack Huang, China, said
that the 7th East Asia Meeting was held in good time and |
it was encouraging
enough to make Servas China members united and become motivated.
He also said
that it must be good for China to recruit younger members,
since the number is
not large enough.
The more members they have, the more often they will be able
to send members abroad
or accept travelers from abroad.
Then they will broaden
their knowledge and become more interested in Servas activity.
China is thinking
of holding a national meeting as soon as possible, Jack added as well.
|Mr. Julian Kwong, former
Secretary of Hong Kong, said that their EXCO is a troika system, |
by a single Secretary.
Three representatives are in charge of communication,
membership and interview,
and homepage or website.
Of 20 hosts 18 are day hosts
and 2 are hosts, so they can accept travelers from abroad.
They issue a
newsletter online regularly, and often meet at a café whenever they have
travelers from abroad. They are also thinking of recruiting young members.
Vivica, one of the repre- sentatives, attended SI conference in Poland last
|Ms Hishige, Mongolia, told
about her activity in her country at the welcome party |
when Degii, the music
teacher, played his batokin. But let me report here what she said.
She said that
she worked as hard as she could to recruit new members making use
chance she took.
As a government official for the Ministry of Education, she is
blessed with attending
public meetings. By her endeavor, Mongolia has 4 members
including herself and Degii,
the famous musician. Isn’t it really good
|At 17:10 all the
participants were divided into two groups for discussion. |
Group A talked about
“Opportunities and Challenges.” On the other hand,
Group B discussed “How to
At Group A their discussion was carried out featuring
the situation of Servas China.
In East Asia, especially in China, social and
economical conditions are changing
for the better so quickly and widely.
made more Chinese people obtain a chance to go abroad, by which
they can broaden
their knowledge of the culture and people of the world.
The more developed China
becomes, the more it will become open to the outside world.
As a result, it will
create a better climate for the growth of Servas China and
other NGOs in the
However, such a rapid change does not always offer us delightful
A radical change cannot but produce instability and very severe
competition among the society.
The rationalization of industry will deprive
younger people of a chance of employment,
ending in dampening their interest and
motivation to take a leap outside.
Now is the time to be patient. As the
proverb goes, haste makes waste.
We should try to make a slow and steady
progress as Servas and at the same time
we have to make it known far and wide
not only in China but in other East Asian countries.
In this way we will be able
to make Servas East Asia grow as an organization to aim
at world peace and
friendship. Servas East Asia may be slow in its progress, but
it will grow
surely by our care and persistent challenge.
Therefore, let us hold such a
meeting and recruit young and active members in each country.
|Group B discussed “How to
increase members,” a permanent topic for Servas. |
Since Mongolian members
joined it, various suggestions were proposed for them
to obtain more
The membership in Taiwan was not so large up to several years
Then a lady member working for a travel agent wrote an article in a
Since it was not only attractive but she mentioned Servas in
many readers showed interest in Servas.
As a result the membership soared to
Such a thing happened in Korea as well.
A Japanese teacher of English
has a lot of opportunities to see people from abroad.
He makes it a rule to talk
about Servas to them.
By and by he could make some of them to join Servas,
though it was not in Japan alone.
Ms Hishige also would talk about Servas
whenever she took a chance,
and thanks to her earnest solicitation they have 4
members now, two male and two female.
On the other hand, it is not always
good to increase members.
We should be careful not to give a misleading
impression that Servas is a cheap means to travel.
And a host is required to be
tolerant to travelers from abroad, because they many visit us
from a country
with a very different culture. To hold events such as a picnic or cycling
like Korea does will lead to an increase in new members, a participant said.
|St 18:00 we took a picture
altogether in front of the language center, |
and then we went out to a downtown
restaurant. All of us returned to our hotel at 20:00.
|Day 2 Sunday, November 17,
We started for breakfast at a well-known restaurant by a gorgeous
bus at 8:15.
It was by a lake and many Chinese citizens were seen having
with their family members.
|While we were enjoying it,
Mr. Jack Huang stood up and announced a surprise news! |
He read a message from
Jonny Saganger, President of Servas International.
It was really encouraging to
us all. After breakfast we strolled around the lake till noon.
|Then we got in the bus and
enjoyed sightseeing of the old town and two museums, |
and dropped in at a
restaurant featuring Sichuan food.
Mrs. Changxian Yi, NS, is from the
province, and she selected it for us.
Every food was so good but very hot!
|During the lunch hour
Masahiro Nishiyama announced the decision of the meeting |
by NSs the previous
night; his resignation, new AC, and the next meeting in Korea in 2016.
14:40 we reached another well-known park on top of which stood a sculpture
five rams. It is said to be a symbol of Guangzhou City.
We enjoyed walking round
the park till 16:00. During our rambling Kiat, NS, Malaysia,
proposed us to join
their area meeting next year, and some of us agreed to it.
She also proposed
a joint meeting by East Asia and Southwest Asia in the near future.
such a nice dream for us?!
|At 17:15 we took an early
dinner and strolled around a public square downtown Guangzhou, |
illuminated with colorful neon and electric lights.
Lots of citizens were seen
walking round in a happy mood. Peace is the most important
and most desirable
thing, these bright lights seemed to talk to us.
|At 20:10 we came to the
pier of the Pearl River to get on board a leisure boat. |
The 1 hour and half
cruise was very pleasant.
On the boat we could watch a Chinese tea ceremony and
by a harp musician, too. It was about 22:00 when we came back to
|At 20:30 a meeting
was held by NSs at Room #2604, where Masahiro Nishiyama intimated his intention
of resigning from his post as Area Coordinator for over 10 years. It was
approved unanimously. Then Mr. Song Dong Whan, former NS for Servas Korea, was
elected as a new Area Coordinator for East Asia. They also discussed when and
where to hold the next area meeting. After careful discussion it was decided to
be held in Korea in 2016 on the condition that Ms Hishige, Mongolia, will agree
to it. She was absent because an urgent situation arose with Mr. Degii, her
Masahiro Nishiyama, former AC, met her the following morning and
explained to her what they discussed on the previous night. Ms Hishige gave her
consent to it. She showed her interest in holding the next area meeting in
Mongolia, but we thought it better for her to observe the next meeting in Korea
and get prepared in holding it in
Servas Korea National Secretary
Huh Jong (from Servas foreveR)
니시야마상이 역내 서바스 회원들에게 보낸 인사 편지 입니다.
A greeting from Masahiro Nishiyama, former Area Coordinator for East Asia
I would like to express my gratitude to all the National Secretaries of East Asia for their supporting me for such a long time. It was in February in 1998 when I called for the first area meeting in Fukuoka City, Japan. At that time our area was called Far East Asia. Since then we had our meeting almost every two years.
My gratitude goes to Mr. Eum Jay Ryang, former NS for Servas Korea. Without his whole-hearted cooperation this area meeting would not have been put into practice. He has been always understanding and kind to me. I must also thank Ms Mary Jane Mikuriya, former Vice President of Servas International. It was in Barcelona in July, 2004, when I met her first. She not only taught me what to do as an AC but came over
to Pusan, Korea, in April, 2007 to attend our 4th area meeting. At her instruction I felt as if the scales had been fallen from my eyes. My post as AC started in that year officially, because I was elected by the NSs present there.
It is a matter of course that I deeply appreciate the kindness of all the members of each country in East Asia. I thank them very much for their cooperation. At the same time I feel very happy to have Mr. Song Dong Whan, new Area Coordinator, from
Korea. I am sure Servas East Asia will make a further development by his leadership.
Last but not least, let me express my deep gratitude to present EXCO. Thank you very much. I wish Servas spirit will reach farther and wider all over the world.
East Asia Servas GuangZhou Conference 모든것을 잘정리하여 주시어 감사합니다.
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