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China is My Second Hometown

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Name: Harish Chandra Shah

Overseas Studying Period: October 1977 - August 1984

Graduated Major: Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

Achieved Position: Current Dean of Nepal Capital National Hospital / Chairman of Sino-Nepal Culture Education Association

Nationality: Nepal

Alma Mater: Beijing Language and Culture University / Beijing University of Chinese Medicine

Graduated As: Master / Doctor

My name is Harish (Harish Chandra Shah). I'm a Nepalese. And I’m a doctor. Currently I am the Dean of Nepal Capital National Hospital and Chairman of Sino-Nepal Culture Education Association.
My father, who had been to China, told me that China is our friendly neighbor, Chinese people are very friendly and kind, China is a friend of Nepal and shall always be, and China has been helping Nepal even during its hard times. These words had a deep influence on me, and heightened all my expectations toward China.
My father hoped that I would come to China to study. So I took the examinations at the Nepal Ministry of Education, won the Chinese Government Scholarship, and made my way to Beijing on October 9th, 1977.


I entered Beijing Language Institute (present Beijing Language and Culture University) to learn Chinese. Chinese was very difficult for me because at the beginning I could not even say "hello". One day, my Nepalese classmates and I planned to visit the zoo, but we didn’t know how to say it in Chinese, so we came up with an idea to ask a friend to draw a picture of horse and other animals. Then I showed it to a passerby and hoped he could understand. He pointed us to a direction, in which we happily went, only to find later we had arrived at a barn. At that time, my classmates and I almost laughed our heads off.
Thanks to my Chinese teachers’ patient tutoring, my Chinese gradually improved. And I also began to gradually blend into Chinese life. I was young back then, and often homesick, so my teachers comforted me and took care of me like my parents. They would take us to restaurants and the cinema. Because of our poor Chinese, we all didn’t quite understand the movie.

I remembered at that time I couldn’t say hero or heroine in Chinese, nor could I tell the good from the evil characters, so my teacher would point to the screen to tell me: "this is a good guy, and that is the evil one". On May 1st, 1978, hundreds of overseas students including myself from Beijing Language Institute set off from Wudaokou and walked along Beitaipingzhuang, Xinjiekou, Pinganli and Xidan, and finally arrived at Tiananmen. On that day we ceremoniously celebrated International Workers' Day together with all the Chinese people.

I took five years of undergraduate courses at Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and finished my Master's degree in acupuncture. But I found it really hard to find a job in Nepal when I went back, because back then Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture were both very new disciplines in Nepal. So I had to bring back the syllabus from Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and had my diploma reviewed and checked by the National Ministry of Education, National University and other relevant departments in detail. Luckily, it was recognized, so that I was finally able to work in a Nepalese government hospital.
I wrote 72 articles devoted to traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture while I worked there. Previously, Nepal didn’t recognize Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, so Nepalese people didn’t know much about it. But now the Nepal government has accepted traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

I spent seven years learning and living in China, and hold deep affections for her. In order to repay China, I set up the Sino-Nepal Culture Education Association after I came back to Nepal. The association contains a hundred members, made up of doctors, engineers and language experts, most of whom are secondary and higher education institution graduates.
Our association held a Chinese Film Week and photo exhibitions on every National Day from 1984 to 1989. Starting in 1986, China started to hold Spring Festival Gala every year, because Spring Festival is the biggest traditional holiday in China. Many Chinese people in Nepal couldn’t return to China, so our association started to organize activities to celebrate this traditional Chinese festival annually

My family all have great affection for China. They all love China and Chinese people. I sent my two children to study in China. My daughter earned her Master's degree in clinical medicine, and my son communications engineering. I always have thought that China is my second hometown. Nepal and China have been closely related. I always say, may the friendship between Nepal and China last forever.

Source: CSC

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