New book published for Professor Kimie Hara
Professor Kimie Hara's latest book, The China-Japan Border Dispute: Islands of Contention in Multidisciplinary Perspective (Ashgate, 2015, co-edited with Tim Liao and Krista Wiegand) has just been published. This is her second book (edited volume) published this year, following The San Francisco System and Its Legacies: Continuation, Transformation and Historical Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific that became available in January (Routledge, 2015). Professor Hara has been invited to give talks at various institutions on relevant topics in Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America this year.
Essay by Professor Yan Li featured in Chinese magazine
A 50,000 word essay by Yan Li was published as the feature story in the May 2015 issue of Writer Magazine in China. “Why Birds Sing?” is composed by letters Yan Li had written to a French Canadian writer who lives in Montreal, Quebec, and discusses issues regarding cultural differences, comparative literatures, gender roles, historical and political events, and academic exchanges between Canada and China.
Town & Gown Society donation supports student lounge
At the Spring meeting of the Renison Town & Gown Society, the membership unanimously agreed to name a student lounge in Renison’s newest building. One of three student lounges, this donation helps ensure students at Renison have a space in which they can relax between classes, enjoy meeting with friends, take a quick study break, or even just close their eyes for a brief moment in a busy or challenging day.
The Renison Town & Gown Society was established in 1994, and provides financial support to eligible students through the Renison Town & Gown Society Award. In 2014/15, The Town & Gown Society provided support to 7 students, registered in Social Development Studies and Social Work. In 2006, the Society named a student group study room, which is located in the Lusi Wong Library, and in 2008, joined Renison’s Circle of 50 which supports the long term sustainability of the College’s campus and buildings. We are extremely grateful for the support and commitment of the Renison Town & Gown Society!
Confucius Institute talk a success
Song Lam QSM, a Chinese New Zealand writer, delivered a talk at Renison last Wednesday evening. The lecture, "The Similarities between Maori and Chinese Cultures", explored a number of similarities between Maori and Chinese cultures, such as languages, legends as well as customs. Song spent more than two years researching Maori legends, customs and history when she was studying at the University of Auckland with a major in Education and minor in Maori culture and history. She has had the privilege of meeting many Maori people and staying on different Marae (a communal or sacred place that serves religious and social purposes in Polynesian societies) during her research.
Sakura open house brings new students to Renison
Earlier this month the Sakura Japanese Language School held its annual open house, bringing a good number of prospective families to the College. Sakura offers Japanese language and culture classes to students aged 4-10.
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