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True farce: President of CSSA-Cambridge reappoints herself next President

July 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Early last week, various news media reported the story of the turn-out of the 28th election of Chinese Students and Scholars Associations (CSSA) Cambridge. However a number of senior crews claimed that they were unaware of the election and it was Feifan Chang’s (27th President) own idea to reappointed herself the next President.

CSSA-Cambridge Words from Feifan Chang, the 27th President

CSSA-Cambridge Words from Feifan Chang, the 27th President

Reappointment Scandle

The report of the ’28th election’ turn-out appears on various media, saying that CSSA-Cambridge committee crews and a number of honoured scholars and guests, including Hong Li from the Education Section of the Chinese UK Embassy, attend the meeting.

The next few days, a claiming letter appears on the Internet and soon becomes a hot-topic among the Chinese Community in and around Cambridge.

The letters says that senior team of the CSSA-Cambridge, including Vice-Presidents and Chiefs of Divisions did not know the ’28th election’, not to mention Chang’s reappointment of herself as ’28th President’.

They claim that Chang has staged the ‘election’ and fooled all the members of CSSA and the Chinese UK Embassy and the media.

After the meeting, the common e-mail access of CSSA-Cambridge is controlled and the c0-account names are deliberately deleted.

In the letter they also urge people who attend the meeting stand out and say the truth bravely.

Shocked Committee

Tongyun Li, the Vice President of CSSA-Cambridge writes on the Internet that he is so disappointed in Chang’s dishonest behave and cheating. He says Chang’s deceive has caused damage to the CSSA-Cambridge and all the students who have trusted the association.

Feng Mao, also the Vice President of CSSA-Cambridge, says he is totally shocked when he is informed about the ‘election’ and the signature of CSSA-Cambridge Committee.

The Chief of Sports Divison, Tianxin Lv, says Chang’s ‘election’ is against the Constitution of CSSA-Cambridge, especially the clause regarding the election time (section 16, clause 2), and election process (section 16, clause 1), and the nominate (section 16, clause 4). He also asks people to stand out for justice.

‘Official’ reaction

An official letter from the association says the 28th committee is ready to help all the students. It also says that it is a pity that if any members of the 27th committee can not stay for the 28th term.

In the list of committee members, a larger number of 27th committee has disappeared.

It is said they among those who have been appointed in the 28th committee list, some are even unaware of  the nomination.

Editor’s words

This generation is different. Born in the wave of Open-up and  the invasion of technology and global communication, they have very unique characteristics compared to the overseas years ago.

They share the prosperity of the mother-land and are nourished by the western culture. With the giant flood of Mammonist and the affections in the power and politics, it is easy to follow the crowd and to repeat what others say.

However, the pursuit towards power and wealth has nor been changed. On the other hand, it becomes the most obvious and vital factor.

In this case, it is not hard to assume that being the President of the CSSA-Cambridge will undoubtedly bring certain advantages to the person. Namely get acquainted with Chinese UK Embassy, which will help the person gain numerous political leverage, and the chance to be endorsed by celebrities and A-Level businessmen. Maybe just like Wendi Deng to Rupert Murdoch.

It is just like shifting to the Micro-landscape function in a Canon EOS 60D camera. The ‘election’ and the intention, the story behind is just a micro-picture of the dark side of how the Chinese works. But, under this circumstance and at this stage?

It is Cambridge, a new place for everything. It can be seen that those vulgar and secular behaviour, which shall vanish in this new country as a start, have conversely rooted firmly and steadily, with no doubts.

It can be seen as a very convincing case of the success in the field of economy development and the aggressive purchasing power of the mother-land. Nevertheless, considering the whole picture and having a deep thought, is it really a success? 

notes: Feifan Chang is the MPhil in Politics, University of Cambridge.

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CSSA holds first Badminton Grand Prix

November 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) Sheffield branch is holding its first Badminton Grand Prix in this weekend from November 27th to 28th.

First game on Saturday, Goodwin Sports Center

First game on Saturday, Goodwin Sports Center

The Prix is held in Goodwin Sports Centre. According to CSSA Sheffield branch there are 32 badminton players competing in the game. All 32 players will draw lots to decide whom s/he confronts with.

“I really think it’s a good idea to hold such games. (It) not only gives us a chance to do some sports we love, but also offers opportunities to know new friends around. Especially in a foreign country you are all alone.” said Xu Han, a student majored in Applied Linguistics with TESOL in the University of Sheffield.

A potential champion gets his counterattack

A potential champion gets his counterattack

Heng Zhang, one of the organisers from the Sport Department of CSSA, said: “The game is open to all players. Students from University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University apply for the game most. We also have people who have graduated and found jobs here want to join the game.

“It’s our first badminton game. It’s cold in this season, but we will definitely hold more sports games in the future. Like table-tennis, basketball and football games.”

The Mixed-single Game

There are no limitations of age and sex in the Prix. The mixed-single game has its elimination system. Within only one match players need to beat their competitors and win for the tickets to the final-four. There will be four out of 32 players stand for the final matches which take place on the second day.

Each of the final matches consists of three games. In each game player who first scores 21 points wins. S/he who wins two games gets the prize.

The first three players will be awarded with trophies sponsored by Tai Sun Oriental Trading Ltd. Tai Sun was first established in 1978. It is now a well-known oriental food specialist in South Yorkshire.

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