This Russian-born Chinese woman personifies the SCO spirit
2018-06-04 14:47:00

“Are you more Russian or are you more Chinese?”

This is the kind of question Victoria Khu often gets asked due to her unique identity of being a Russian-born Chinese.

“When I am with Russians, they definitely consider me more as Russian. [But] When I am with Chinese friends, it's also very natural for them to treat me as Chinese. So when people ask me questions about my identity, I would say I'm Russian and Chinese as I share both the identities,” the 24-year-old co-founder and chief curator of SCO Countries Youth League told CGTN digital.

Victoria Khu was born in Irkutsk city of Russia's Siberia. She arrived in China at the age of 17 in September 2012. /Photo via Victoria Khu

Her dual identity is precisely what makes Khu, popularly known as Vika, a perfect young ambassador for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) – a multilateral grouping of Eurasian countries with both China and Russia among its founding members and Russian and Chinese being the official languages of the organization.

Born in Irkutsk city of Siberia, Vika ably represents both, her country of birth – Russia – and that of her ancestors – China.

After finishing her high school in Russia, Vika arrived in China at the age of 17 in September 2012. While her family remains in Russia, Vika has made China her home and has many relatives in the cities of Harbin, Chongqing and the southwestern Sichuan Province.

Source: CGTN Editor: Hiram