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[Expats] Children's future invested in SZ
Latest Updated by 2007-02-05 10:55:55
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When Guillermo G. Diaz-Ambrona left his homeland Spain to move to Shenzhen and start up his business two years ago, he worried not about his business, but the growth and education of his four children, two boys and two girls.

Now, after two years working and living in the city, experiencing culture shock, assimilation and finally mixing into society, Diaz-Ambrona's worries have vanished.

He has a harmonious family, healthy children, and a flourishing business.

At the 2007 Sinolink<2022>Mangrove West Coast Spring Festival Gala for Expats, Diaz-Ambrona and his wife Soledad Amian were the only couple who were allowed to take their children. And the children surprised the guests with an elegant chorus in Chinese, English and Spanish.

"In business, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but bringing children to China to learn Chinese and experience Chinese culture and society and is an investment you will never lose," said Diaz-Ambrona.

"It is unbelievable that the children have picked up the Chinese language in the six months since we moved here, and except for their foreign facial features, they are no different from Chinese students," he said.

Among the four children, the elder brother Gao Xihua, 8, and older sister Gao Xilai, 7, have a happy school life at Nanshan Middle School Attached to Beijing Normal University.

"They are among the top 25 percent in the class," said Diaz-Ambrona proudly.

His business in Shenzhen started flourishing and his love for the city is growing while enjoying a happy family life.

"There were only three partners when I started my company in Shenzhen, now it has expanded to 55 employees, half of whom possess master's degrees. Last year I started a windmill project in cooperation with Beihang University. The company mainly specializes exporting Spanish windmill technology and machinery to China.

"I think China is not just about low-cost products, it can also make high-end products in a more competitive way. Our focus is not on the present, but China in five years' time," he said.

To know more about Chinese society, Chinese language is a must. That is Amian's homework everyday. After driving the children to school, she starts her four-hour Chinese language Beginner's Class at Shenzhen University.

"I have been learning for two terms, and now I have no problems with daily conversations."

And she has found a new business opportunity in the city.

"Many Spanish people want to come to China but if they come to Shenzhen, they don't know how to bargain, where to eat good Chinese food or how to book cheap tickets. I want to open what we call a 'personal shopper' company to provide help," she said.

"The Chinese language is very hot in Spain, with many schools opening courses but teachers with both fluent Spanish and Chinese are hard to find."

Another factor that aroused Amian's enthusiasm for learning Chinese is Shenzhen's successful bid to host the 2011 Universiade. "I will study hard so by then I can be a good international volunteer."

Editor: Yan

By: Han Ximin Source: Szdaily web edition
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