China, We Stand with You—what media experts of 25 nations see in coronavirus fight, a multimedia book with both English and Chinese versions written by 35 foreign experts, has been released recently by New Star Press under China International Publishing Group (CIPG).
This book includes news reports, pictures, comments and videos published by 35 expats who decided to stay or come back to China after the outbreak of COVID-19. They come from 25 countries and work at CIPG.
The book consists of 40 articles and 300 photos in eight sections: “China is Taking Action against COVID-19”, “Staying up in China”, “Beijing During the Coronavirus Outbreak”, “How are foreigners reacting to the covid-19 outbreak? ”, “Challenges Test Love”, “Joint Efforts in Combatting Coronavirus”, “Lands Apart, Sky Shared”, and “Virus Secludes Us, Love Spreads”. Each section is presented with relevant videos’ QR codes, 12 in total. The videos, created by the authors of the book, are in English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Japanese, and Korean languages, available on different multilingual media platforms. These written and visual documents speak to the truth, recording how Chinese people worked tirelessly to bring relief to the tens of thousands of Chinese citizens infected by the coronavirus.
The 35 authors are experts working at CIPG and are concerned about China. As media professionals, they find it misleading and misconstruing in the way their western counterparts cover the outbreak. Such coverages expand fears. Under such a circumstance, the experts strive to display the real situation in China, “to tell people what’s really going on with China”. As foreigners, they chose to stay in China, and some others who had gone home for vacation even “travelled against the flow” to come back. Their decisions were not reckless, because “China is the place where great achievements and miracles are made”. Meanwhile, they show international friendship and support to China, believing “just as I can’t abandon my friends in need, I won’t leave China when she is in need”. No matter where they are from, they share a common faith that “the smiles behind masks will reveal themselves in this lovely country soon.” Their sincerity is formidable, and their stories are heartening. This is a book of remembrance, a remembrance of the responsibility of media and press professionals, the trust of foreigners towards China and Chinese people, and the love beyond boundaries. This explains what internationalism is — love and care for each other despite of nationalities when we confront crises.
CIPG, also known as China Foreign Languages Publishing Administration, is China's largest organization specializing in international publishing and communication. It operates multiple businesses, including news, publishing, translation, research, and international trade of cultural products.