Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

2013 has been a challenging year for many people; the Filipino experienced the worst typhoon in the history of the world, and those of us in Jiangsu experienced the worst smoke for the first time. I could hardly breathe; and couldn’t walk out to the open without a mask!.

One of our student and family were in Hongkong for a short break; and she reported back hat  ”  the air is so bad.” Yes, what has come to be taken for granted has now become a very prized item for all of us; what is the point of wearing designer brands and dining in the best restaurants; or touching away on those wonderful mobile gadgets when we can’t be assured of the quality of the air we breathe in.

The economy is also restructuring with lots of creative destruction; many people are finding that their traditional mode of finding a living is now ending; and many at mid-life need to think about a new career to sustain their lifestyle.

Yes, the message from 2014 is we can’t take things for granted, and business will not be as usual. Against all these challenges, and the need for us all to cope and prepared well for the challenging days ahead, May we wish all and family, peace and joy in the Holiday season; Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

The Management, Staff and Teachers @ Global Hanyu & Culture College

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2013年对于很多人来说都是极具挑战性的一年。这一年,菲律宾经历了全球历史上最严重的台风灾难,而身居中国东部地区的人们也破天荒地经历了可怕的连续雾霾天气。口罩一时成了最畅销的商品,因为没有口罩很多人不敢走出家门!那些天,大家都感受到了无法正常呼吸的痛苦……

最近我们有一个学生和家人去香港本想好好休息几天,可是后来她却失望地告诉大家,“那里的空气质量太差了”。是啊,我们一直视为理所当然的东西现在竟变得如此奢侈!试问:当我们连生存所必需的空气都无法得到保证时,穿上名牌去米其林餐厅享受美食,或是把玩高科技的前沿电子产品又有何意义?

还有一些应该引起大家注意的事实:大量的创造性破坏正使经济结构经历着重组——越来越多的人发现自己传统的谋生方式很快将不复存在;与此同时,为了维系已有生存方式,很多人到中年的人也不得不考虑开始新的事业……在这样一些大背景下,学习新技能,走向新新世界无疑是大势所趋!

2013年就要过去,这一年留给我们的信息是再没有什么是理所应当的,而现今的商业也经历着日星月异的变化。面对所有这些挑战,让我们一起为创造美好未来做足准备;让我们努力拥有健康的体魄,积极的心态以及良好的精神面貌!

 

祝愿全天下所有人都与家人共度和睦、美好的假期!

祝大家圣诞快乐,新年幸福!

全球汉语文化中心全体教职员工

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