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Feature: Chinese diplomats in U.S. show how they see America through cameras

09-14-2010 09:15 BJT

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese diplomats in Los Angeles exhibited their photos Monday to show how they see America through their cameras.

Entitled "America in the Eyes of Chinese Diplomats," the exhibit demonstrated 50 photos taken by diplomats from the Chinese General Consulate in Los Angeles.

This is the first time Chinese diplomats in Los Angeles showed their understanding of America through photo exhibit. According to Sun Weide, Deputy Consul General at the Chinese Consulate, it is the idea of Zhang Yun, Consul General, to hold the exhibit.

"The proposal got warm response. 19 diplomats submitted 168 photos for us to review. We invited experienced photographers from the local newspapers to make a selection. Finally 50 photos have been picked up for the show," Sun Weide told Xinhua at the exhibit.

The photo show was held at the 11th Asian Moon Family Festival and Chinese American Cultural and Arts Festival in West Covina, California.

Yue Liwen from the Chinese Consulate's political and press section contributed his photo entitled "Polling Day." The photo shows an American flag on the right hung from a big tree trunk, and signs of "Polling Place" on the left. What makes it unique is that it has Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Hispanics on the signs.

"The photo was taken on the election day in November, 2008. I spent the whole day visiting polling places in Los Angeles to see how Americans elect their president. The sign in Santa Monica obviously caught my attention because it has Chinese and other languages," Yue told Xinhua.

He said it was the first time he has ever watched the U.S. presidential election in person and the signs reminded him of the participation of Chinese Americans and other minority ethnic groups in American politics. The signs also showed the multi ethnic and multi cultural situation in Southern California.

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