US Ambassador Mr Gary Locke Visited Beijing Little Bird Hotline
Time: October 25, 2011 March
Place: Wangfujing, Beijing
Written by Wei Wei
US Ambassador in Beijing NGO migrant workers
social justice economy and development
We spent a busy Monday with the training and meeting……
Tuesday continued to be busy with training conclusion and daily visits receiving……
Today we’d receive a VIP visitor——Mr Gary Locke, the
I took out my suit and tie which I do not get used to wearing except some special occasions as some international meetings and important receptions. Though living in Beijing for so many years, I am till a peasant inside. That is why I prefer to comfortable clothes as sports ones which could make me free.
Our colleagues began the conclusion work of yesterday’s training in Daxing District as soon as arriving at the office. Then I made some coordination work among our 4 offices and a further working plan.
After the lunch, we discussed about the procedure for receiving Mr Ambassador and the role of each one in this event. Volunteer lawyer Hou came to our office for hotline receiving work. Some migrant workers came for rights protection services. All members filled our office with lively atmosphere.
At 3 pm, one officer from the US Embassy arrived at our office for pre-coordination. The property manager of the office building of the hotel positively helped with security service and proper parking place. At 4 pm, the ambassador and other officers arrived on time while GW, LM, HL and I welcoming them at the gate of the hotel. Mr Ambassador kindly shook hands with us. We walked through the hotel lobby and took elevator directly to our office (the elevator was temporarily controlled and exclusively used only to make sure Mr Ambassador’s security).
meeting with Mr. Ambassador and his colleagues
The meeting is supposed to last only 30 minutes. I began with the introduction of Little Bird hotline’s establishment background, my reflection on my own social role, beginning of my awareness on NGO operating, work coverage and society support. Mr. Ambassador put some questions about the challenges facing Little Bird’s existence and thought highly of our work. We also invited two beneficial migrant workers who briefly introduced their work experience to Mr. Ambassador. It seemed that Mr. Ambassador had a well understanding about migrant workers’ situation in
presenting a gift to Mr. Ambassador
The planned 30 minutes’ meeting was prolonged to be 50 minutes. Then we took a group photo and shook hands for farewell in a pleasant atmosphere.