Influencial Cantonese who are leaders of major overseas organisations and leading figures of many walks of life from 40 countries and territories will convene in Hengqin New Area of Zhuhai on December 2-4, according to a spokesperson.
The 2,000 attendees will explore the feelings of provincialism, Reform & Opening Up and of innovation. Awards will be presented to the Top Ten Outstanding Cantonese Figures and Top Ten Outstanding Cantonese Youth. In addition, a hand-over ceremony for the flag of the conference and signing ceremony for agreements will be held. Moreover, heads of delegations and organisation leaders will examine the Declaration of the 2nd World Cantonese Origins Networking Conference, and discuss the next host city of the conference.
Participants also will survey Zhuhai's investment environment and social and economic achievements. A theme party along with exhibitions to feature outstanding figures, Cantonese culture and art, and economic achievements will also be organised.
Guandong's 70 million Cantonese account for nearly 60 percent of the population outnumbering the Chaoshan or Teoswa, and Hakka peoples. With almost one-third being descendants of migrants from Zhuji Lane, Cantonese-speaking Chinese are highly characterised in language, arts, folk customs, diet and architecture. They are distributed throughout Guangdong, Guangxi, Hong Kong, Macao and Southeast Asia, Europe, America, Australia and other locations.
Through thousands of years of hard work, Cantonese-origin people have made great achievements all over the world, and the Lingnan culture has been widely spread to become a major branch of traditional Chinese heritage.
Guangdong is a well-known hometown of overseas Chinese. There are Teochow International Conventions and World Hakka Conferences, but the first World Cantonese Origins Networking Conference hadn't been held until 2013. Themed Global Cantonese for China Dream, the conference aimed to unite Cantonese people worldwide to contribute to the revitalisation of their country.
Participating in the first World Cantonese Origins Networking Conference in November 2013 were 347 Cantonese organisation representatives from 39 countries and territories. The Top Ten Outstanding Cantonese Figures and Top Ten Outstanding Cantonese Youth from across the world were cited for setting examples in achievement and patriotism.
The biennial conference takes place worldwide in turn, and applicants for the second event included Macao, Zhuhai and Shaoguan, plus some from the US, Australia and China. In the end, the board selected Zhuhai.
Bordering Hong Kong through water and Macao on land, Zhuhai has been home to a number of historic personages. These include Chen Fang (Chun Afong), the first Chinese millionaire and the first Chinese consul in Hawaii; Rong Hong (Yung Wing), the first Chinese to graduate from an American university and prestigious educationist; Tang Shaoyi (Tong Shao Yi), the first prime minister of the Republic of China; and Yang Pao'an, the first Marxism disseminator in South China.
Approved by the State Council Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, the 2nd World Cantonese Origins Networking Conference is sponsored by the Global Cantonese Association, Zhuhai Overseas Chinese Affairs Office and Overseas Chinese Federation.