Books bring closer relations

Updated: Apr 1, 2022 Print
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A "Witness New Era" book club is held by CSCEC on March 19. [Photo provided to]

On March 19, China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) held a "Witness New Era" book club in the camp of the Expansion project of Bandaranainke International Airport.

The employees sat together, shared their stories about reading, and talked about the cultural similarities and differences between China and Sri Lanka, which helped the Sri Lankan employees have a better understanding of China and CSCEC.

Quantity surveyor AD Wathsala Sajeewani joined the project in early march this year. She said that the book club helps her how to better understand cultural differences and get along with Chinese colleagues.

Thilini Undugoda, who worked as a translator in the project, studied at Chongqing Normal University in China. She said that she found Chinese culture to be extensive and profound after her years of study, and will try to improve herself through this activity.

Chathura Jayaweerarathna, administrative assistant of the project, took pictures of the books that he was interested in with his mobile phone while reading.

Li Huaqian, the administrative officer of the project, was treated as a teacher and was responsible for answering everyone's questions until the activity ended.

Cheng Huaqiang, deputy general manager of CSCEC International South Asia, said that the book club brings closer relations with the Sri Lankan employees.

At present, more than 100 foreign language books introducing Chinese culture have been purchased. They depict food, opera and customs, and enrich the workers' general and professional knowledge.

Sri Lankan employees sit together to discuss their stories about reading. [Photo provided to]
HPG Sudharika, who studied at the Confucius Institute, is in discussion with a Chinese colleague. [Photo provided to]
Thilini Undugoda tells Chinese stories to her colleague. [Photo provided to]
Sri Lankan employees read the books of Chinese stories. [Photo provided to]
Li Huaqian answers questions for a Sri Lankan employee. [Photo provided to]

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