Chinese Book and Photo Exhibition to Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of World War II 纪念世界反法西斯战争胜利70周年 暨纪念白求恩中文图书及图片巡展Export this event to calendar

Saturday, May 30, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM EDT

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The Confucius Institute at the University of Waterloo will host a book and photo exhibition from May 30 to June 2 at Renison University College. The Chinese Book and Photo Exhibition to Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of World War II will showcase around 200 books and 100 photos that illustrate the heroic efforts of those involved in WWII.

On Saturday, May 30, there will be an opening ceremony and a public cultural exchange forum with scholars from China and Canada (10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Renison University College).

The opening ceremony will bring a number of distinguished guests to campus, including Mr. Peter Braid, Member of Parliament, Ms. Angela Vieth, Acting Mayor of Waterloo, Mr. Berry Vrbanovic, Mayor of Kitchener, Mr. Bing Xue, Consul General, People’s Republic of China, and Mr. Shangzhi Wu, Deputy Director, State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China.

The exhibit, open to the public, aims to highlight the 70th anniversary of the world’s victory over fascism, the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Canada over the last 45 years, and recent cultural exchanges between the two countries. 

It will also focus on Dr. Henry Norman Bethune, a Canadian physician who is acclaimed for bringing modern medicine to rural China. Bethune worked as a frontline surgeon during the second Sino-Japanese War and was known for treating sick villagers as frequently as wounded soldiers. His commitment to the Chinese people made such an impression that generations of students were required to memorize Chairman Mao’s eulogy to him.

The opening ceremony will be followed by the China and Canada Cultural Exchange Forum with talks by scholars including Michael Copeland, President, Toronto China-Canada Friendship Association, Bill Cecil-Smith, London activist, and Carolyn Wood, Executive Director, Association of Canadian Publishers.

This exhibition aims to illustrate the spiritual wealth and friendship built between China and Canada in protection of international peace. It is hoped that this Canadian connection will help the audience appreciate the context of the exhibition and encourage exchanges between Chinese and Canadian people. The exhibition will also run at Confucius Institutes in Montreal (June 1-4) and Edmonton (June 5-8). 

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Itinerary for launch ceremony (Sat. May 30, Renison University College)

10:30-11:00 am: Opening Ceremony hosted by Caroline Tanswell, Director of the Office of Institutional Advancement, Renison University College

  • Men's choir: Waterloo Chinese Philharmonic Choir
  • Welcoming speech by Mr. Peter Ringrose, Chair of the Board of Governors, Renison University College
  • Mr. Shangzhi Wu, Deputy Director, State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China
  • Mr. Peter Braid, MP for Kitchener-Waterloo
  • Mr. Bing Xue, Consul General of Toronto, People’s Republic of China
  • Ms. Angela Vieth, Acting Mayor of Waterloo
  • Mr. Berry Vrbanovic, Mayor of Kitchener
  • Professor J.J. Van Vlasselaer, Senior Advisor to the President, Strategic initiatives, Office of the President, University of Waterloo

  • Donation made by Mr. Shangzhi Wu

  • ​Waterloo Chinese Philharmonic Choir

11:00-12:00 pm: China and Canada Cultural Exchange Forum, hosted by Yan Li with talks by Canadian scholars including:

  • Mr. Michael Copeland, President, Toronto China-Canada Friendship Association, "WWI to China to Hollywood: Norman Bethune, Tillson Harrison & A.A. MacLeod"
  • Mr. Bill Cecil-Smith, London Activist, "Bethune and My Parents"
  • Ms. Carolyn Wood, Executive Director, Association of Canadian Publishers, "Translations between China and Canada and the exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and Canadian publishers"

12:00-1:00 pm: Lunch for invitees and registered participants (RSVP required)

1:30-5:30 pm: Exhibition open to public, and open during select hours until June 2.

Renison University College, Confucius Institute, University of Waterloo

Cost 
Free
Location 
REN - Renison University College

240 Westmount Road North

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G4
Canada

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