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NZ Chinese Language Week launches ‘Flying Kiwis’ Book


A book written by school children that celebrates Kiwi identity has been translated into Mandarin to celebrate New Zealand Chinese Language Week and encourage a deeper mutual understanding between the countries’ two cultures.


The New Zealand Chinese Language Week Trust (NZCLW) launched its first book, “Flying Kiwis” today (Tuesday, October 17) at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in Wellington.


Closer bilateral exchange

In a statement read out at the event Ambassador Wang Lutong said: “This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and New Zealand. The people-to-people exchanges between our two countries have continued to develop and produced remarkable achievements in Chinese language teaching and learning. The publication of “Flying Kiwis” indicates the even closer exchanges in languages and the deeper mutual understanding between our two cultures.”


Earlier in the year, the New Zealand Chinese Language Week Trust put out a call to every intermediate and secondary school in the country with a simple brief: they wanted to hear from Kiwi school children about their perception of cultural identity in a creative and imaginative way.


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