Sinological Development Charitable Foundation (SDCF) is honoured to have supported the “Thematic Forum II: Olympic Spirit & A New Generation of Youth” of the first Beijing International Youth Forum held on 17th December 2021, hosted by Academy of Contemporary China and World Studies and Information Office of the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality. The theme of this event was “Understanding the World to Build a Better Future”.
The event aims to build a platform for young people from all over the world to communicate and learn about Beijing through thematic forums, dialogues and visits, so as to perceive China, strengthen mutual trust, experience the characteristics of Beijing, exchange ideas and share opportunities in Beijing. Nearly 200 young scholars, athletes and artists from China and abroad participated in the conference online and offline, exchanging ideas and discussing the theme.
In the Thematic Forum II, young experts, scholars, athletes and entrepreneurs from different countries had practical and fruitful exchanges on this topic: Olympic Spirit & A New Generation of Youth. With a mission of promoting Chinese classics to young people and adhering to the theme, Founder & Chairperson of SDCF, Dr Elizabeth Woo Li delivered a speech on how Olympic Spirit adheres to the five virtues of Confucian teachings. What’s more, SDCF’s scholars and members from different parts of the world also presented their views individually through a video on each of these five virtues : Ren (仁) – compassion; Yi (义) – righteousness in behaviour; Li (礼) – ritual; Zhi (智) – wisdom and Xin (信) – trustworthiness and how they can be applied by athletes participating in Olympic games. They also took this opportunity to offer best wishes of a successful XXIV Olympic Winter Games to be held in February, 2022 in Beijing.
With generous donation from Bilco Investments Ltd, SDCF was able to render support to this event for the first time since its establishment in 2013. We will continue to keep our eyes open on any future opportunities to further promote global understanding of Chinese Studies, especially among the young people of today, as they are confronted with constant change, heightened uncertainty and multiple conflicts.
Here is the link to the video of some highlights of the Thematic Forum II:
Here are some photos of SDCF’s presentation at the forum:
Promotional banner for this event: