Plum Tree Project Recognizes Mason’s Ties to China

Posted: May 15, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

When the name George Mason University is translated into Chinese, one of the Chinese characters means “winter plum tree,” and another character means “forest.”

Taking Mason’s Chinese name as inspiration, a group of faculty, staff, and students on campus formed the Plum Tree Project Committee to beautify the campus and make Mason true to its Chinese name. Four plum trees, much-loved throughout Asia, were planted near Mason Pond in early May and a ceremony was held on Friday to celebrate the beginnings of a plum tree “forest” on the campus.

Mason students, faculty and community members raised funds to cover the purchase of the four trees. “The Plum Tree Project has raised additional funds that will be used to purchase more trees and perhaps a bench or gazebo in the future,” says Madelyn Ross, Mason’s director of China Initiatives.

J.E. Lin, associate professor, Mathematical Sciences, chairs the Plum Tree Project Committee. Other members are Ross; Cheryl Choy, associate director, Center for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation; Shaoxian Yu, assistant director for Asian Pacific American student affairs, Diversity Programs and Services; Karl Zhang, assistant professor, Modern and Classical Languages; Ruimin Zhang, assistant director for immigration, International Programs and Services; and students Jing Luo and Ying Lee Tseng.

For more information, contact Lin at 703-993-1459 or Donations to the Plum Tree Project may be sent to Karl Zhang, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, MS 3E5, Thompson Hall, Room 215A, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Plum Tree Project planting
Tian Jiang, president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, helped lay mulch on one of the newly planted plum trees.
Photo by Eric Goodman

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