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CI hosts international Symposium in Commemoration of the 1911 Chinese Revolution

Friday, September 23, 2011

Writers, critics, historians, publishers, editors, community leaders, scholars from Canada, United States, mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan will gather this week  to participate in a series of events hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Waterloo in Renison University College to commemorate the 100th anniversary of  the 1911 Chinese Revolution.

The 1911 Chinese Revolution, also known as the Xinhai Revolution, played a very important role in reshaping China, by overthrowing 4000 years of monarchism and establishing a republic. During the past 100 years, both domestic and overseas Chinese writers have recorded important historical events through their publications, which have vividly interpreted the rapid development of China as well as Chinese people’s pioneering work.

An international symposium, entitled “Literature in History - History in Literature”, will involve two days of presentations and discussions. The main focus will be to examine outstanding literary works by Chinese writers, both at home and abroad, for the past 100  years. Topics of discussion include: literature and history; Chinese immigration history, domestic and overseas, personal and historical; historical facts and literary imagination, as well as  narrative techniques. The goal is to facilitate understanding of the historical and social value of Chinese literature, as well as encourage communications between overseas  and Chinese domestic writers.

An 8-member delegation from the Chinese Writers’ Association will bring to Waterloo some famous writers and critics. Mr. Ligang Chen, the Chinese Consul General in Toronto, will also speak at the symposium.

The Confucius Institute will also host two free activities which are open to the public:

Friday, September 23 at 7pm: Music and Poems Night at the Theatre of the Arts, University of Waterloo. Poets will read their works to the audience, along with a musical   performance. An award winning  composer will present excerpts from the opera, Iron Road.

Saturday, September 24 at 7:30pm: Movie Night at Renison University College.  Autumn Gem, a film about a Chinese female who sacrificed her life for the republican revolution.

For further information, contact:

Yan Li, Director

Confucius Institute at the University of Waterloo

Renison University College

Waterloo, ON

Tel: 519-884-4404  Ext. 28648

Email: yanli@uwaterloo.ca

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