Vietnamese talks 50 years living in China

Added On December 5, 2018

As China further opens up its doors to the world, more and more people from neighboring countries are traveling to the country to study, work, and even settle down.
Trieu. A Lien is from Vietnam and lives in south China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. In 2006 she became the first foreigner in the region to be granted a residency card. She sat down with CNC to talk about her experiences in China.
Trieu. A Lien came to Guangxi when she was five years old and has lived in China ever since.
She's now 56 years old and has her own family in Nanning, the capital of the autonomous region.
In 2006, Ms Trieu became the first foreigner in Guangxi to get the residency card, allowing her to stay in China for the rest of her life.
When talking to CNC about the changes Guangxi has seen over the years, she recalled her experiences as if they were just yesterday.
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): TRIEU. A LIEN, Vietnamese Immigrant
"When I was young I studied at Zhongshan Bei Road Primary school -- the school was small at that time. There was no Yongjiang Hotel at the time, and there were many small streets everywhere. Since the China-ASEAN Expo was held in Nanning, the city held the expo for fifteen years. Great changes have taken place in Guangxi."
Ms Trieu has now opened a dress shop in Nanning, selling traditional clothing from Vietnam.
As this year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, she expressed her gratitude to the region that took her in, saying she wants to be part of the cultural exchanges between China and Vietnam.
女SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): TRIEU. A LIEN, Vietnamese Immigrant
"We feel blessed that Guangxi has been established for 60 years, we are all very happy. As a citizen of Nanning, we are all happy to see so many changes in Nanning."
As China becomes more open and inclusive, tens of thousands of Vietnamese people have come to Guangxi to study and work.
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): JENNY, Vietnamese Student
"My name is Jenny, I came from Ho Chi Minh City. I studied at the middle school of College of Art of Guangxi from 2007 to 2013. Then I returned to Vietnam, and then I came to Nanning in 2018. I found that great changes had taken place in Nanning. I had never taken the subway, there are many subways in Nanning now, it’s very convenient. There are many high buildings in Nanning, it has developed rapidly."
As China's reform and opening-up continues, more and more foreigners are expected to come to Guangxi and live in the region.