From left, retired diplomat Errol Humphrey and his wife, Cabinet Secretary Cecile Humphrey, with principal of the University of the West Indies Cave Hill campus, Professor Eudine Barriteau, and Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy Kirk Humphrey. (Picture by Lennox Devonish.)
Chinese children sang in English and Barbadian children in Mandarin, with the band of the Barbados Defence Force backing the enthusiastic performances, at the recent reception marking the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.
It was the highlight of an evening where Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Chinese Ambassador Yan Xiusheng joined voices, lauding the 45-year relationship between two countries at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of size and economies.
The strains of some of China’s best loved music filled the room, at times drowned out by the young voices and the clear lyrics of I Am A Bajan coming from a new generation of Bajans of Chinese origin.
Governor General Dame Sandra Mason stood out in a blue Nefertari creation, making a fashion statement among Chinese guests wearing striking, colourful national dress for the occasion.
Parliamentarians, business people, diplomats and representatives of civil society, as well as members of Barbados’ growing Chinese population, were among the guests. (GC)