English teacher learns local dialect to promote area’s specialties on social media

As a member of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Organization, China Chapter, Akin E. Brown, affectionately known as Ankesu in the local dialect, has found a second home in the tranquil village of Zhongshan, nestled within Changxing county, Huzhou, Zhejiang province. What began as a pursuit of a career as an English teacher has blossomed into a deep connection with the local community and a mission to showcase the area’s specialties through social media.

After graduating from the International College of Huzhou Normal University in 2022, Brown made the heartfelt decision to remain in Changxing, captivated by its serene beauty and rich cultural heritage. However, his journey didn’t stop at the classroom door. Eager to immerse himself fully in the local culture, Brown embarked on a quest to explore the countryside and share its hidden treasures with the world.

Armed with nothing but a smartphone and a passion for storytelling, Brown took to Douyin, a popular social media platform, to shine a spotlight on Changxing’s unique charms. Through engaging livestreams and captivating content, he has captured the essence of village life, from its picturesque landscapes to its time-honored traditions.

But what truly sets Brown apart is his fluency in the local dialect. By mastering the language of the community, he has forged genuine connections and gained invaluable insights into Changxing’s customs and heritage. This linguistic prowess has enabled him to bridge cultural divides and foster a deeper appreciation for the area’s specialties among both locals and foreigners alike.

Brown’s dedication to promoting Changxing on social media serves as a shining example of the power of cross-cultural exchange and collaboration. Through his efforts, he not only celebrates the beauty of Zhejiang’s countryside but also showcases the vibrant tapestry of cultures that thrive within it.

As members of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Organization, China Chapter, let us join hands in applauding Akin E. Brown for his unwavering commitment to promoting cultural understanding and appreciation. Together, we can continue to foster connections and build bridges that transcend borders, enriching our lives and communities in the process.

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