Soka Gakkai Women Take Part in Cultural Exchanges in China
The All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) invited representative Soka Gakkai women to attend China-Japan cultural exchanges in Beijing, Tianjin, Dalian and Shanghai from November 7-13. The visit marked the sixth such exchange between Soka Gakkai and ACWF.
On November 8, the Soka Gakkai representatives visited ACWF headquarters where they met with Zou Xiaoqiao, director-general of the International Liaison Department of ACWF and Huang Shu, director of ACWF's Asia Division of the International Liaison Department. On the same day, they met for discussions with Fan Jiying, secretariat of the ACWF and presented a personal letter from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda to Chen Zhili, ACWF president. Referencing the 31-year history of friendship between the ACWF and Soka Gakkai, Fan Jiying expressed her hope that the two organizations would continue to deepen their cultural and educational exchanges.
On November 11, the Soka Gakkai women visited the Daisaku Ikeda Peace and Culture Research Institute at Liaoning Normal University in Dalian and met with Cui Xuesen, vice president of the Institute. Teachers and students delivered a presentation on their research into Mr. Ikeda's philosophy. Liaoning Normal University President Qu Qingbiao voiced his admiration for Mr. Ikeda's contributions to education and learning as well as to the advancement of world peace.
On the same day, the women attended an exchange meeting sponsored by the Dalian China-Japan Educational and Cultural Exchange Association. Zhao Yaping, president of the Association; Wang Yunqing, party committee secretary of the Dalian Education Bureau; Yu Jiayou, former president of Dalian Polytechnic University; Sun Yuhua, president of Dalian University of Foreign Languages; and Wang Lingjie, chair person of the Dalian Women's Federation, shared with the Japanese delegation their study and research into Mr. Ikeda's philosophy.
During their stay in China, the Soka Gakkai members also visited the Peking University Research Center for Chinese and Foreign Women, the Zhou Enlai and Deng Yingchao Memorial Hall in Tianjin and the Lu Xun Memorial Hall in Shanghai.
[Adapted from an article in the November 17, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]