Capital of Overseas Chinese

Jiangmen is regarded the capital of overseas Chinese. Nearly 4 million Chineseliving overseas in 107 countries and regions—as well as Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan—have their roots in Jiangmen. Overseas Chinese have strong feelings of attachment and sentiment for their mother country and hometowns. They have made dedicated efforts to help their hometowns through donations to public causes and investment in commerce and industries. As of late 2018, such donations have reached HK $7.721 billion and investments have totaled US$28.217 billion. In recognition of the outstanding contributions made by overseas Chinese, foreigners, and Chinese nationals in promoting social civilization; the development of philanthropy; friendly exchanges with foreign countries; and economic, scientific, and technological development, Jiangmen has introduced the "honorary citizens" system. Since 1993, 9 batches totaling 727 personages from home and abroad have been granted honorary citizenship.

Jiangmen's unique emigration history has resulted in a brilliant culture featuring many overseas elements. Traces of foreign influence can be found everywhere, from architecture to food, clothing, customs, and manners. Jiangmen has established Friendship City relationship with the American cities of Riverside, Mesa, Millbrae and Auckland, as well as the Australian city of Ararat, and has developed friendly exchanges with a dozen other cities.

Jiangmen's specialty events include the National Capital of Overseas Chinese City (Jiangmen) Overseas Chinese Carnival and the World (Jiangmen) Youth Conference. The Overseas Chinese Carnival was started in 2004. So far, 7 sessions have been held. The festival is a showcase for displaying Jiangmen's new achievements in development, as well as its charms and splendors through a series of economic, trade, cultural, and tourism activities. It provides a platform for Chinese around the world to connect with each other. The World (Jiangmen) Youth Conference is a forum featuring elite youth of Jiangmen origin as the main body, with the goal of uniting overseas Chinese youths around the world, promoting mutual communication and beneficial cooperation. It is also held every two years.

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