Students participate in a singing performance to celebrate the historic cultural connections.
A long time ago – dating back to about the second century – a major trade route was established that connected the East and West. People stopped along this route, later dubbed the "Silk Road," to exchange materials; share art, music and food; and build friendships.
The road covered a major portion of the globe, coursing through Eurasia, China and the Middle East regions. It connected people like never before, becoming a symbol of knowledge, opportunity and goodwill.
Honoring historic connections
Aramco helped celebrate this symbol of goodwill through the presentation of a "Silk Road Festival" May 7 held on the grounds of the Arabic Immersion Magnet School (AIMS). The school is part of the Houston Independent School District (HISD), and provides a place where young students of all nationalities can strengthen their multi-lingual skills in both Arabic and English.
AIMS joined with another HISD language immersion school – the Mandarin Immersion Magnet School (MIMS) – to plan and implement the festival.
'Confirmation of our friendship'
Aramco representatives were on site including Jamal Al-Khudair, director of ASC Public Affairs, who provided welcoming remarks. About 200 participated in the event.
Principals Kate D. Adams, AIMS, and Chaolin Chang, MIMS, expressed their appreciation to Aramco for supporting the festival and, furthermore, the work that the schools are doing to promote multi-lingual education.
Volunteers demonstrate a traditional Chinese dragon dance.