More than 400 children from all over China spent June 1, the International Children's Day, in Beijing, at the Sixth National Congress of the Chinese Young Pioneers (CYP). Among them were 13 children from 10 different ethnic groups from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
|The Xinjiang delegation attends the Sixth National Congress of the Chinese Young Pioneers (CYP).|
"Our teacher once told us that when she went to university, one of her classmates asked her if students in Xinjiang go to school by camel," said Guo Ge, a boy from the Russian ethnic group.
Nowadays, the rest of the country knows more about Xinjiang, and such questions wouldn't be asked any more. But Guo feels an urge to do something. "Xinjiang is changing everyday," he said. He's to set up a website with photos of Xinjiang taken 10 years ago and photos taken today, and let the facts speak for themselves.
"We are here as image ambassadors of Xinjiang," said Dedema, a 13-year-old Mongolian girl from Börtala Mongol Autonomous Prefecture. "We just let people see us as we are and hope they will get a better understanding of where we live from what they see in us."
|Thirteen young pioneer delegates from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region|