China has 56 nationalities, of which, Han nationality accounts for more than 90% of population and the rest nationalities are known as ethnic minorities. Due to restricted geographic conditions, youths of ethnic minorities live in relative backward regions with poor economic conditions. Therefore, they have become the main targets of China’s poverty alleviation initiative. In 2019, Zhejiang Huadu Beauty and Hairdressing Training Center provided skill training based on interlocking development for minority youths from Southeast Guizhou.
Pan Ying was one of the 24 girls coming to the Hangzhou-based training center. She learned skills for three months and came out second in Zhejiang Province Beauty and Hairdressing Professional Skills Competition. After acquiring skills in Hangzhou, Pan Ying returned to her hometown, where she set up a hair salon and embarked her journey to prosperity.
The inspirational story of Pan Ying is only an epitome of east-west collaboration. In recent years, Hangzhou’s support by way of skill training has benefited a number of youths in West China. After acquiring practical skills in Hangzhou, they went back to their hometown and supported their families with the skills. Some have even become local industrial leaders and made contributions to the common prosperity of the local residents.