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【南湾人物】情怀故里心系稚童——记美籍华人杨弘农女士

2017-4-1 23:14| 发布者: Dream| 查看: 1013| 评论: 0

摘要: 福星耀彼岸,远隔重洋怀故里; 遐龄近期颐,赤心不老系稚童。

     中国湘潭县网6月22日讯(通讯员 符双之,http://xtx.gov.cn/dynamic/90323.shtml在涓江之滨的湘潭县梅林桥镇郭家桥村,矗立着一所历史悠久,又颇具现代气息的学校——芝华学校。

    这所学校原名鹧鸪学校,已经立校七十多年,先是杨氏族校,就设立在杨氏宗祠的一个角落里。解放后,人民政府接管了这所学校,经过几次扩建和改建,学校的面貌有了很大的改变,学校的规模有了很大的扩大。

    但是,直到上世纪末,学校的办学设施仍不配套,办学条件仍较简陋,很难适应教育事业发展的需要,当地干部群众很是着急,限于当时的经济发展状况,很难筹集大笔资金来完善学校的办学条件。

    改革开放后,著名美籍华裔画家杨弘农女士通过县侨务部门的牵线搭桥,从二00三年起,以极大的热情,关注和支持着这所学校的发展。近几年来,为了这所学校的发展,杨弘农女士先后捐资数十万元,新建了综合楼,实施了田径场的一期工程,篮球场实现了硬化,添置了一批现代化的教学设备,使学校办学条件有了很大的改善,各项设施进一步规范、配套。杨弘农女士的这一善举得到了当地群众和孩子们的深深感激。

    远在大洋彼岸的杨弘农女士为何会对坐落郭家桥的这所山村小学如此关注呢?原来,杨女士祖籍就是梅林桥镇郭家桥村,其父亲杨芝华早年参加中国共产党,在当地从事党的地下活动,抗日战争期间,为革命英勇牺牲,是当地著名的革命烈士。杨弘农女士就出生在这块热土上。在她幼年和青年时代,她亲眼目睹了父亲为了新中国的解放事业而日夜奔波的情景,父亲热爱祖国、热爱人民、热爱家乡的高贵品质,深深地铭刻在她的心中。在父亲的支持下,杨弘农女士从小就受到良好的教育,后来出国留学,曾获得美国柯州大学教育学博士学位。多年颠沛流离后,杨弘农女士定居美国,已取得美国国籍,现年已是九十岁的高龄,在美国从事慈善事业。

    她是一位普通的美籍华人,并不富有,但质朴的爱国情操和强烈的故里情怀牵引着她,让她关注和支持这所学校不断发展。在得知芝华学校(原名鹧鸪学校)的情况后,她马上通过湘潭县政府侨务部门详细了解学校具体情况,并派在国内的亲属和自己的私人代表来到学校进行考察。在和当地政府及主管部门充分协商后,二00四年,杨弘农女士出资十多万元动工兴建综合楼,并于当年竣工投入使用。其实杨弘农女士在美国的生活很清贫,有的人对这种大手笔的支持家乡学校发展的行动颇有些迷惑不解,但杨弘农女士义无反顾,后续投入接连不断。杨弘农女士不但关注学校办学条件的改善,同时以极大的热情,关注儿童的健康成长。她扶贫济困,资助经济困难的失学儿童,设立专项奖学基金,奖励品学兼优的学生;她拿出专项资金资助学校开展庆祝国际六一儿童节等文体活动;她积极支持和协助学校创设芝华园,无偿地提供各种资料和物资;她出资支持和帮助学校设立颇具特色的“弘农班”。可以毫不夸张地说,杨弘农女士近几年来,时刻都在关注着芝华学校每一个进步,每一点变化,在关注、帮助着家乡少年儿童的成长,在关注、支持着家乡教育事业的发展。

    现在,芝华学校在党和政府领导下,在当地父老乡亲的热情期盼中,正脚踏实地向前迈进。经过县人民政府批准,当地父老乡亲把芝华学校的牌子挂出来了,这既是对杨芝华烈士的怀念,是对杨弘农女士关心教育、支持学校的无私举动的赞赏和肯定,也是学校充分利用杨芝华烈士的革命精神对学生进行爱国主义、革命传统教育的新的起点。几年来,无论是教育教学质量,还是学校内部管理水平都有显著提高,多次竞赛均名列镇、县前茅;学校办学资源得到了优化,办学条件得到改善,电脑、宽带、远程教育等现代化的教学手段和教学设备已经进入了学校,开始显露了现代化的气息;校园更加和谐,师生团结,文明礼貌之花开遍了校园的各个角落。

    面对芝华学校的蓬勃发展,学校的师生员工和当地的父老乡亲都由衷地感到,学校的发展和壮大,源于党和政府的正确领导,源于改革开放的好政策,更离不开远隔大洋的杨弘农女士的支持和关注。有乡人撰联写照杨弘农女士:

    福星耀彼岸,远隔重洋怀故里;

    遐龄近期颐,赤心不老系稚童。(完)


附杨弘农女士介绍(源自:http://www.chiamonline.com/People/GK/kiangsusan.htm

    

    Dr. Susan Kiang was born in China and graduated from the National Chengchi University. She came to the United States in 1956 and received a doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado with a major in Educational Psychology and Guidance in 1959. For more than thirty years, Dr. Kiang has been devoted to Chinese painting. She started to practice Chinese calligraphy at the age of six.


Susan Kiang











Dr. Kiang began to exhibit her paintings in China Night program and the China Day activities at St. Mary's College (1967 and 1969). A one person exhibit was her contribution to the grand opening of the New Moleau Gallery at St. Mary's College in 1972. Since then, she exhibited her paintings and calligraphy at many places, including the Gary Art Center, Gary, Indiana (1973), YWCA Gallery in South Bend, Indiana (1973), Sing Seng Art Gallery in Taipei, Taiwan (1984), South Bend Art Center, WAL Gallery (1986), the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan (1989), Chinese Women Artists, sponsored by the Chinese Culture Association in San Francisco (1990, 1992 and 1994), and Culver Military School Gallery (1995). She also joined Mr. Hsiao Chi Hui's calligraphy exhibit at South Bend in 1995 and other Chinese artists from the United States exhibit in Shanghai in 1999.


By Susan Kiang










She has taught and demonstrated Chinese painting and calligraphy in many occasions, such as workshop of Chinese calligraphy at the St. Joseph Valley Watercolor Society (1979), Chinese painting workshop at South Bend Art Center (1990), Chinese painting and calligraphy workshop at Fernwood Arts and Grafts Center in Miles, Michigan (1991), Madison Elementary School in South Bend (1990), Edison Middle School, South Bend (1992 and 1998), University of Notre Dame (1996 and 1997), and Stanley Clark School (2001).


Dr. Kiang taught briefly at St. Mary's College and the University of Notre Dame after she received her doctoral degree and Oriental Brush Painting at Indiana University, South Bend, from 1979-1989, where she received a recognition award in 1986. Since 1991, she has donated her paintings to South Bend Regional Museum of Art and South Bend Aids Ministries and Aids Assist of North America for their annual fund-raising programs.


Dr. Kiang published a Chinese painting book in 1986, four books about her life, and many articles about her Chinese painting activities. She is listed in a number of biographies, including Artists of Chinese Origin in North America, Directory Dictionary of the Achievements of World Chinese Artists, and World Famous Chinese Artists Almanac. Her husband, Dr. John Kiang, educator, inventor, and advocate of one world, passed away on June 7, 2003.





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