PHOTOS: Saint Lucia’s footprint in China

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PHOTOS: Saint Lucia’s footprint in China


My name is Claudia Changoo, born in St. Lucia, left 30-plus years ago, but leaving one thing behind: my heart to my island.

Over five years ago, my family and I became expats in China. I wanted to bring light to my beautiful country and decided to represent St. Lucia on the other side of the world.

Every year for United Nation’s Day, we celebrate St. Lucia in China’s UN Day parade. It is truly a great privilege to carry my island flag along with my daughters.

There is also a charity organization called CAC, Caribbean Associate of China, of which I am on a board member, representing St. Lucia.

I wanted to shed light on how thankful I am for being a St. Lucian and where ever my travels have taken me, the love for my country is always with me.

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  1. Hi Claudia,
    Anonymous is me. I didn't realize I had not put in my name. Again, I think it is a wonderful thing to represent your island in such a positive light. Don't stop writing articles about Saint Lucia. There will always be someone that will choose to be negative. Be ye not weary in well doing.

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  2. Hi My Friend!
    I am so proud of you! Ms. Photojournalist! Lol That is a wonderful thing to do for your country. I like the article. What a great way for you to use your photographs!

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    • Hi there Anonymous, thank you for your support, it means a lot to me. Most people have no clue how difficult it was to make this happen.

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  3. All of you guys keep nitpicking at little things. Who cares what the colour of the flag is, and whether the spelling is St. Lucia or Saint Lucia, you understand the point that is being made across. Instead of all of you sitting around behind your computers and making a bunch of critiques, how about you stand up and go do something positive for your community. It's already hard enough that China is a communist country, and the fact that Ms Changoo is able to go out and play a role in helping the children at the migrant schools is an achievement in its own. The government is not so tolerant of outsiders interfering with their internal affairs. Keep waving your flag high, and be proud of where you come from Ms. Changoo. Haters gonna hate.

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    • Nela,
      One thing you have to understand is, when people live on an island and have never experienced living outside in other parts of the world, their comprehension of certain things are limited to them. Growing up I would "nitpick" at a lot of things until I had to live abroad and actually see different cultures and practices. This is when my eyes and mind were opened up to see the bigger picture. Remember a small mind can only see so far.

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    • Hi there Nela, The world needs more people with your passion; seeing beyond the horizon. At the end of the day, i am the one who is on the other side of the world waving my flag and proud to do just that. If anyone feel they can do better, please be my guest and come on over.

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  4. Thank you for representing us with pride. I too am a proud Saint Lucian. Too often we read the "breaking news" of people of Saint Lucian decent committing crimes overseas.

    So now we celebrate with you. I know it must be hard being away from your island but your efforts speak volumes - carry your flag with pride

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  5. WELL DONE!!!
    Waive that flag with pride!!!

    Now, for next year...

    Name of country
    SAINT Lucia not St Lucia.

    Colour of flag
    Cerulean Blue (code: pantone process cyan 100)

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    • Book-Worm. I guess your book-worm isn't doing you much good. Before you criticize someone, here's a few things to consider.

      1. "wave" not "waive" - use proper definition

      2. "St." is the abbreviation for "SAINT" - use of correct English grammar

      3. Color/colour of the flag can be shaded differently depending on the printer and setting. Not all flags are printed equally. Claudia's effort is well rewarded.

      What have you done for our country to make it known to the world?

      I suggest before your criticism exceeds your ego, practice humility and appreciation. That my friend, will make our country a better place.

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      • I agree with you on some of your points but in all this persons defence, the right spelling for us is indeed Saint Lucia and not St. Lucia, someone was explaining to me when I discovered on alot of maps they would have St. Vincent, St Kitts and when you looked at us it was printed as Saint Lucia, it has something to do with the "Saint" we were named after (Saint Lucy)or something I am not sure exactly but there is some truth to that I just wish I could remember exactly what the historian told me, if you want you can research it also. Thanks.

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      • first of all people generally type wrong and spell words wrong while typing because none of us are perfect, i am sure Book worm meant to say wave and not waive. second of all it is true that st. is the abbreviation or shorten form to say saint but that st. is not how we spell our country's name it is spelt Saint Lucia and third of all if the color of the flag is wrong it is wrong you can blame the printer you can blame the printer setting you can blame you mother or your father the point at the end is if the shade comes out wrong IT IS WRONG

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        • Thank you for the correction it is indeed wave.

          Dunstan St Omer as the designer for the flag set the colour code. Not I.

          I use SLU and St. all the time but once it is Official I use SAINT. Look at your passport. Look at the laws of the land. It says SAINT. I came and found it so. I shall die and leave it so.
          I know of SLU delegations that refuse to sit at meetings because the plaque says St.

          You don't know who I am, so don't question my patriotism.

          Now with your correction in mind I still say.... WAVE THAT FLAG!!!!

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          • Here's a solution for you Claudia. Since everyone has a problem with the spelling and color, I suggest you don't put SAINT Lucia in anymore United Nations' events. Problem solved!

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          • Hi there **Jordan**, i cannot allow a few negative comments deter or dishearten me from representing my country. My only wish, people would show more empathy when someone has the best of intentions.

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  6. Cheers!!! Keep up the good work. Let no fool put u down cuz they can't do better. Imma ship u sum real flags...wink wink...Leslie

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  7. Cuz, I am proud of you represent for all of us. Ignorance will always be with some people. What you are doing is making St. Lucian people proud.

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  8. Son of Helen,
    You are back again writing more crap. Anyone who has been paying attention, knows that China is communist in name only. There is much more capitalism taking place there than in the UK. Gasson, I suspect you are one of those Y2K people who fled to the hills on 31 Dec 1999. They thought all computers would crash and planes would fall from the sky on 1 Jan. 2000. Now you are back in general society. By the way, we all know how capitalism helped the slaves (wink, wink).

    Ms Changoo, keep at it. Your effort is really appreciated. Proud of you. Idiots can be anywhere...especially Online.

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    • thank you poule foo, it's amazing when someone is trying to leave things better than they found it, there are always sideline people who find faults, instead of giving a helping hand. thank you for your kind words, hopefully those "Idiots" will see that one person can make a difference in the world.

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  9. i dont mean to be a party pooper but is that the wrong shade of blue in the flag? if it is awa e you all over there with a fake flag

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    • lol, e.w sorry the color of the flag does not meet your standards. does it really matter the color of the flag or the story that's taking place at the moment? at the end of the day, all that truly matters is st lucia shining bright in a positive manner.

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      • well honey i don t make it a issue but right here in saint lucia it is an issue especially on independence day it was a VERY BIG ISSUE so certain st lucians would care less about the moment if they realize that the flag is fake.

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  10. What a shame, your great grandparents were slaves and they fought against slavery, but you embraced it. Communism = modern slavery.

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    • hi there, son of helen, i would hope my great grandparents would be proud of the women i have become. because of their sacrifices i am where i am today, even if it's china trying to make a difference in the world. being here, i visit migrant schools and i do tell them about how great my country is and i teach them the value of being able to have the freedom that i have. i should hope by telling them about my history, they will learn from it, and one day grow up with more of an open mind and try to make a difference as well.

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      • Keep on with the good work and ignore ppl like Son of Helen. By all means remember the past let guide but not dictate your future.

        Many of us (me included) have been far from home and understand exactly what you feel and what you are doing.

        Keep on keeping on.

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    • Claudia, don't listen to Son of Helen. His mentality is that we all should still be under the bananas.

      Son of Helen, I'm pretty sure when you're done cutting down bananas, you pull out your cellphone to use it ... which by the way is probably made in China.

      So before you point fingers at anyone, remember you have 3 pointing back at you (as my Uncle from Morne Seisou always say).

      Our enslaved great-grandparents would want us to do better, see the world, learn new cultures, provide better for our families.

      I applaud you Claudia for all the great work you are doing, both with your non-profit organization and with representing our country.

      Son of Helen, do you also work with non-profit organizations as well?

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