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From Madagascar to Wuhan: 12 years of fun

By Liu Kun in Wuhan and Zhu Lixin | | Updated: 2022-12-09 15:52
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Mino Fifaliana Razanakoto (third left) poses for a group photo with members of the Association of Malagasy in Wuhan in September. [Photo provided to]

A doctoral candidate at Huazhong University of Science and Technology — Mino Fifaliana Razanakoto from Madagascar — said her life is busy and colorful.

Spending 12 years in Wuhan, Hubei province, where the university is located, she not only loves the local culture but also plays an important role in promoting the two countries' civil communications.

Razanakoto had been running an online shop for clothes until 2010, when she was recruited by Wuhan University for undergraduate studies.

"After my arrival, I found this city even more beautiful than what I learned online," said Razanakoto, adding that she especially loves the local food.

Her husband, who runs a Cantonese restaurant in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, is a Chinese who immigrated to the island country from China's Guangdong province.

"Chinese people's exquisite life is embodied by their food, which can bring people great happiness," Razanakoto said.

She also chairs the Association of Malagasy in Wuhan and has helped many of her compatriots — for example, by explaining to them how to acquire scholarship from the Chinese government.

Early in 2020, when Madagascar was hit by the COVID-19 epidemic, she organized donations of medical supplies from Wuhan for her country.

Knowing that Wuhan is a rapidly developing city with great strengths, especially in science and technology, she believes more foreigners would fall in love with the city as she did.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and she has grabbed every opportunity to promote it and the city of Wuhan.

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