Superb! I am deeply grateful for what the Summer Tour has provided for the girls. They will take away wonderful memories, a deeper pride in their heritage, and a greater sense of whom they are. We appreciate the financial help as well for we could never all done this on our own.
~ Nancy, mother of LiAnn
The Heritage Tour Program
The Families with Children from China Heritage Tours are a part of the China Overseas Exchange Association cultural exchange program that, since the early 1980s, has hosted thousands of students of Chinese heritage from Chinese schools around the world. Beginning in 2004, the Heritage program expanded to include not only Chinese school students, but also internationally adopted Chinese children, whether or not they are enrolled in a Chinese school.
This wonderful educational and cultural opportunity helps our adopted children develop friendships and enhance their understanding of their heritage. The goal is to give them an opportunity to appreciate and develop pride in their Chinese roots and to encourage a meaningful cultural exchange.
Why Travel with Us?
The Heritage Tours are a special experience for children adopted from China and family members. COEA has sponsored cultural and educational programs for Chinese students from around the world for many years but it wasn't until 2004 that adopted Chinese children were invited to become part of this wonderful exchange program.
Our tours are carefully planned by the COEA in Beijing, with the assistance of professional Chinese travel agencies, to reach a fine balance between active and leisure time, history, culture and entertainment. All tours are planned with the children as both the most important part of the program and as the very reason for it to exist at all.
The Heritage Tours provide significant cost savings over commercial tours and even over many other non-profit programs, as they are subsidized by the Chinese government.
But perhaps the most important benefit of the Heritage Tours is the priceless sense of value and pride that the children receive from being a part of this experience. Not only has the land of their birth not forgotten them, but it is actively working to bring them and their families back and enabling them to experience first-hand the incredible culture, history and beauty of their native country.
COEA and by extension China itself recognizes that these children are a bridge to understanding, cooperation and friendly relations between two great countries and cultures. Through their Heritage Tours, the sponsor, the China Overseas Exchange Association (COEA), and the organizer and facilitator, The Foundation for Chinese Cultural and Educational Exchanges in the USA (FCCEX), not only want to welcome adopted Chinese children and their families to China but to provide an opportunity for adopted Chinese children to feel special pride and happiness in where they are from and who they are.
The China Overseas Exchange Association (COEA), based in Beijing, is dedicated to the promotion of friendly cooperation and exchanges in the fields of economy and trade, science and technology, culture, education, news communication, sports, public health and social welfare.
The COEA's department of culture and education is the sponsor and host of the annual "summer camp" Heritage Tour in China for overseas Chinese students. This program, which began in the early 1980s from humble beginnings with a small number of participants, has grown steadily over the years, enabling thousands of students to develop an appreciation for their heritage.
In 2004, COEA was pleased to be able to expand the program to include internationally adopted Chinese children. A small group of children and family members were invited to become the first to experience this program.
The purpose of the Heritage Tour is to enhance families' understanding of Chinese culture, to increase their interest in learning the Chinese language, and to promote the development of international friendships. The COEA demonstrates its respect and appreciation for these families by providing help and support through the Heritage Tour. COEA is pleased to be able to increase the number of invitees over the past years and looks forward to providing the opportunity to many more internationally adopted Chinese children in the future.
The summer of 2009 marked the fifth annual "summer camp" Heritage Tour for internationally adopted Chinese children.
The Foundation for Chinese Cultural and Educational Exchanges in USA (FCCEX) is the organizer and facilitator of the Heritage Tour. A non-profit (501(c)(3) corporation, FCCEX was formed to promote mutual understanding between the People's Republic of China and the United States of America.
One of the primary services of the Foundation is the coordination of the "summer camp" or "Heritage" programs. Each year the PRC invites thousands of students from Chinese schools across the United States to tour China during the summer. 2006 was the 8th annual tour.
In addition, FCCEX provides educational Chinese materials and services for language and cultural development programs, supports the Chinese School Association through funding, and sponsors competitions to promote Chinese culture throughout the USA, such as a recent Chinese art contest in Michigan.
The Foundation is committed to providing opportunities to Chinese-American children to enhance their understanding of their heritage and to building bridges of friendship between the PRC and the USA. Board members currently reside in Columbus, Ohio, Houston, Texas, Detroit, Michigan and the PRC.
Superb! I am deeply grateful for what the Summer Tour has provided for the girls. They will take away wonderful memories, a deeper pride in their heritage, and a greater sense of whom they are. We appreciate the financial help as well for we could never all done
this on our own.
~ Nancy, mother of LiAnn