American David Tool, better known as
Du Dawei, is interviewed after receiving the honor of becoming one
of the "top ten volunteers of 2006," Wednesday, March 28,
A sixty something American living in Beijing was awarded the
title of "top ten volunteer of 2006" on Wednesday, becoming the
first foreigner to claim the honor.
David Tool, better known by his Chinese name Du Dawei, has been
voluntarily correcting misleading English signs throughout the
Chinese capital during his six-year life in the city.
Upon accepting the award, Du Dawei said he wanted to act as a
bridge between the Chinese and English culture and smoothen
communication difficulties brought by language barriers.
The "top ten Beijing volunteers" awards were initiated in 2004,
aiming to recognize outstanding social volunteers from all walks of
330,000 people have voted through the internet this year.
Other honored volunteers include Tsinghua University student
Liang Suhui, who is a long-time volunteer teacher for migrant
children, and ophthalmologist Han Song, who works to provide free
treatment to rural patients.
(CRI March 29, 2007)