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  • Sign Language Volunteers Help Hearing Impaired Patients in Treatment

    On the Tuesday afternoon of the second and fourth week of a month, a silent but warming scene is to be seen at the “Green Treatment Room” of Shanghai 8th People’s Hospital: sign language translators from Xuhui Disabled Persons’ Federation and Baiyan volunteers at the hospital help patients with their treatment, so that they can accurately express their condition. On the World Deaf Day, the Baiyan Deaf Patients Assistance Clinic of the Shanghai 8th People’s Hospital also celebrated its second year since foundation. In 2015, as the first hospital to launch a deaf patient assistance medical care unit in the Puxi area, it has opened 50 times in the past 2 years and provided outpatient medical services and hospital care services for more than 150 deaf patients. Shanghai 8th People’s Hospital releases 10 initiatives for the public every year, among which " improving the treatment experience for hearing impaired patients" is a major concern. In 2015, the hospital carried out sign language training for volunteers (desk staff), and established the Baiyan Deaf Patients Assistance Clinic. This team has grown from the original 29 members to the present 50, together with a 12-member volunteer team from Shanghai University of Political Science. In each special treatment session, in addition to the help of sign language translators from Xuhui Disabled Persons’ Federation, volunteers with sign language training also arranges senior doctors for the patients based on their actual conditions where they accompany patients the whole course for better communication. The hospital also provides a "nine priority" green service channel that covers priority visits, priority hospitalization and priority escort. At present, Shanghai’s hearing impaired people can simply provide their information to make an appointment, enjoying full accessibility services.(Source: Xinmin Evening News)

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  • A Florist Refreshes the Whole Building

    Each apartment is part of a community. Now more and more residents have made efforts to decorate the corridors as part of their interior decoration. Without piled-up trash and personal belonging, the corridors are now filled with plants and flower, so that residents feel right at home as soon as they enter the gate of the building. Ms. Ma Hongran, who lives in Building 2, Fuhua Garden, Xietu Community of Xuhui, is also a planting enthusiast who cares for all. Stepping into No. 2 building, one finds it lively and refreshing because of the plants placed on both sides of the porch and stairs. "This beautiful corridor would have never come true without Ms. Ma!" In the eyes of the residents, building administrator Ma Hongran is not enthusiastic, but also skillful for plants and flowers.After the Jingtai Residents Committee proposed to build "green corridors", Ma Hongran, a gardening lover, responded actively by moving green plant in her home to the corridor, and regularly gave watering and pruning. After careful efforts, the corridor has become a vibrant green corridor. Following her lead, other residents of the building have gradually developed a habit of decorating the corridor and joined the "green corridor"campaign. Ma Hongran’s hometown is in Tianjin, and she moved to Shanghai at an early age. Although the living habits have been fully adjusted to this southern city, but she never loses a big heart and the capability of speaking right out of her mind. In the interview, what she said most was: "Neighbors should always help each other." Residents have also given particular trust for this enthusiastic and attentive building administrator. When a neighbor leaves for travel, she/he will trust Ma Hongran to take care of the house; when the corridor is dirty because of the construction waste, Ma Hongran always cleans it immediately. When she saw some residents would drop their garbage beside the parterre, she immediately posted a notice to severely condemn behavior. Although she has done a great deal for the community, Ma still keeps a low-key. During the interview, she kept making arrangements with potted plants, and refused to show his face in front of the camera: "What I’m doing is help the neighborhood bond; as long as everyone’s happy, I’m fulfilled. "(Source: Shanghai Morning Post)

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  • "Dream Star" Grand Finale Launches

    The 5th "Dream Star" (project team) selection in Xuhui District has progressed to the grand finale. The "Dream Star" selection is targeted at start-up owners who are college students and graduates within five years, and this year’s event has attracted students from 10 colleges and universities. After various selection procedures, 10 project teams gathered at ECUST Park of Xuhui to compete in the grand finale. The 10 finalist projects also covered a great variety of areas: in addition to the heated topics in health, environmental protection and IT, they also covered the currently popular concept of shared economy. I t can be said that this year's project team finale will comprehensively showcase the outstanding achievements of business projects in different fields by college students in Xuhui District. These achievement, no doubt, is also a result of the development of the "Dream Star" competition: Since the 3rd event, "Dream Star" has been carrying out a “project team” section", where numerous outstanding projects have been discovered and demonstrated through the past 3 years. These projects may have not been fully designed or developed as in the “enterprise” section, but they have showed their potential in the industry through their unique understanding of the project areas, winning wide social recognition and praise. In the meantime, with the guidance and help of experts, project teams have gained better understanding and development of their projects. As the organizers have helped some of the start-up owners to be models to learn from, college students are now more enthusiastic about starting a business or strive for innovation, as the competition has provided a brilliant platform for promotion and demonstration to attract more potential business owners in college into the nationwide “entrepreneurship and innovation” campaign.(Source: eastday.com)

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  • Model Workers Participate in Creative Community Governance

    Mr. Chen, living in Tianlinxinyuan Residential Community, excels at backing up and parking his car. It was hard to find a parking space in busy hours in his community which is not update in its facility, and that was how Mr. Chen cultivated his skill to park wherever he could. Sometimes he even had to take a little space in the grass to leave room for other cars to pass by. Now he does not have to use his skill any more. More than thirty car owners from nearby Shanghuihaoting and Jinguyuan complex including him can park in the underground parking lot of IKEA in Xuhui Shopping Center. It was Wang Cheng, the manager of security department at IKEA Shanghai, who solved this problem for them. Wang Cheng is also a model worker and a National Labor Day Award holder. Drawing on his resources, Wang obtained support from Construction and Transportation Committee of Xuhui, Traffic Police 5th Branch and Tianlin sub-district to creatively solve this problem through much coordination. In recent years, the general labor union of Tianlin sub-district has been integrating the role of model worker and creative governance to realize the full potential of model workers and better serve the community, which is different from the hard and solitary work of past model workers. The practice also offers solution for issues related to the daily life of the residents. The baby boom and the new policy to have a second child drive the need of the working mothers for a clean, private and convenient space in their workplace. The Mom’s Room promoted by the municipal general labor union gives hope to female employees who are at their third stage or prepare to have children. However, the overall design, equipment and cost discourage businesses to take the initiative. The professionalism and design expertise of IKEA came to assistance. With the help of the sub-district committee, Wang Cheng and the labor union got in touch and worked together to hold a Mom’s Room promotion event at IKEA’s Xuhui location. At the event, IKEA presented three models and a list of furniture with a promise of minimum price and free installation. Now, there are more than 2,000 Mom’s Rooms in Shanghai and it has become an influential non-profit brand. Many businesses have chosen IKEA. Family Studio, an upgraded version of Mom’s Room, is also becoming an option for employees to take their children to work. Thanks to Wang Cheng’s coordination, IKEA not only measure and design for every Mom’s Room for free, but also implement and install on time. Similar Citizen’s Kitchen and Children’s Joy are taking shape at the Community Center in Tianlin sub-district. More important than model worker’s engagement in community governance is passing on their experience. Su Rong, municipal model worker and general secretary of Changchun Residential Community in Tianlin sub-district, has been working in the community for more than a decade. He has been appointed general secretary of five residential communities because he always asked to work in the most challenging one. He has solved hundreds of issues in these communities and helped build model residential communities that residents speak highly of. Su Rong alone is not enough to serve all the residential communities in the sub-district, so Tianlin sub-district started networking and found younger candidates who are willing to learn from a mentor. They have brought energy to pass on the “Five More” – Do more, Take on more, Think for others more, Tolerate more and Collaborate more – experience Su Rong has working at the grass-root level.(Source: Eastday.com)

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  • Tang-style Mid-autumn Events Present Rich Folk Culture

    Huajin Township will host a flower parade themed around “Hometown of Grandma Huangdao” as a feature of Shanghai local culture during the Shanghai Tourism Festival. At the same time, the Huajin Grandma Huangdao Tourism Festival will also be held, presenting live performance, exhibition and craft activities rooted in the intangible cultural heritage. The festival will also offer a half-day tour route in the hometown of Grandma Huangdao where the visitors can enjoy the folk culture and learn about the passing on of cultural practices. “Tang-style Mid-autumn Festival” will be held on October 3rd and 4th in Guilin Park as another featured cultural event. This year, the traditional moon worship ceremony will be performed with the traditional Han costume, utensils, music, rituals, and prayers so that the audience can have a full reunion experience under the moon. The “Poetry Gathering in the Moonlight” will invite artists and poets to read or recite selected poetry as representations of Chinese culture in pavilions with sweet olive fragrance for the citizens to have a good time appreciating the full moon. The online popular tea ceremony will present a themed tea time “Millennium-long Classic Instrument and Century-long Tea Ceremony”. The visitors will be exposed to the beautiful music and sweet olive fragrance, a taste-cultivating experience. A lantern puzzle master from the Chinese Lantern Puzzle Society will explain the secrets to solve the lantern puzzle for visitors among the corridor decorated by a great number of lanterns. The traditional plays developed around the Mid-autumn festival including Chang E Flying to the Moon and Meeting in Pavilion will be performed in the rockery in the garden where the guests are close to the actors. On the grass, the visitors can try traditional Chinese costume wore by characters in folklore about the Mid-autumn festival to go back in time and have fun in this party-like atmosphere.(Source: Eastday.com)

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