On the afternoon of October 13, headed by School of Foreign Languages Deputy Dean Pro. Li Chongyue and Zhenjiang Institute of Pearl S. Buck Studies Vice President & English Department Dean Professor Wu Qinghong, a group of faculty and student Party members of the School of Foreign Languages, JSU, paid a visit to Pearl S. Buck Memorial Hall, with a view to enhancing the party spirit and humanistic sensibilities of the visitors through visiting the former residences of celebrities.
Through listening to the detailed and lively presentation of the docent and viewing the colorful posters, the Party members took a closer look at and got a better understanding of the life and deeds of this great master of literature named Pearl S. Buck. Born in 1892, Pearl S. Buck arrived at and settled in Zhenjiang in the spring of 1896, where she spent her childhood and juvenile years. She came back to Zhenjiang in 1914 when she was graduated from an American university. Then she took the position of an English teacher successively in Runzhou School and Chong Shi Girls High School. Altogether she lived in Zhenjiang for 18 years. She called Chinese her “first language” and Zhenjiang her “Chinese hometown”. Her life experiences in Zhenjiang and other places in China provided plentiful materials for her literary composition. Buck was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1938, partially in recognition of The Great Earth, a novel of peasant farm life in China during the first quarter of the 20th century.
The visit to the Pearl S. Buck Memorial Hall deeply touched the faculty and students. To them, Pearl S. Buck is both an outstanding writer and the paragon of a woman, for the American expatriate in Zhenjiang loves China and her “Chinese hometown” so deeply. As Party members, they shall fortify their ideal and conviction, enhance their objective consciousness, and set stricter demands on themselves, take the initiative to assume their responsibility for the state and society, and forge ahead and make arduous efforts to realize the grand Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation!
(School of Foreign Languages)