Music, poetry and paintings, Italians and Chinese inspire each other amid traumatic pandemic

While Italy is at its darkest moment in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, many warm-hearted stories often occur, cheering up people here who have been singing on balconies and painting rainbows to look for hope.

Elisa Lanari cried when she read an email sent to her workplace, the Ancona-based accordion manufacturer Scandalli on Tuesday.

It was sent from Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei Province, which was severely hit by the COVID-19. In the email, Bob Liu, a college student at Wuhan, told his story about how a vintage Scandalli accordion has accompanied him during the past weeks of the city’s lockdown.

Liu played the accordion almost every day during self-isolation. He said that Italy’s outbreak worries him a lot, so he wrote to share his experience in preventing the virus.

Lanari, who is now also working from home, was touched by the greeting. “Music never stops!” she wrote in her email replying to Liu.

Recently, the Sant’orsola Hospital of Bologna in northern Italy received a special donation from children in the city’s Chinese community.

56 children from Chinese families gave away some of their lucky money received from parents or grandparents during the Chinese New Year. The Chinese community gathered 21,731 Euros in two days and donated it to the hospital, a volunteer who was in charge of the donation, told the Global Times on Wednesday.

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