International symposium on Canadian Chinese and American Chinese literature in English

Friday, October 15, 2010

Confucius Institute Symposium

Conference Program

Homeland, History, and Representation

Chinese Canadian and Chinese American Literature in English

International Symposium

Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at the University of Waterloo & Renison University College 

Friday, Oct. 15, 2010

Registration/ Conference Venue:

East Asian Studies Centre, Renison University College, University of Waterloo
240 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

N2L 3G4

Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, 12:00-2:00 pm Registration: EAS Center 2:00-2:30 pm Welcome: Chapel Lounge

Glen Cartwright : Principal, Renison University Collge Gail Brandt: Chair of Board, Confucius Institute, UW Darrol Bryant: Director, East Asian Studeis, Renison Yan Li: Director, Confucius Institute, UW

2:30-5:30 pm Session 1
Eleanor Ty, Moderator

Zhongming Chen, Inner Mongolia University

Soul-searing Search for the Spirit and Spirituality: A Cross-Cultural Study of Lee, Lai, and Li’s

Strategies of Reinvention/Resurrection /Renewal 

Eleanor Ty, Wilfrid Laurier University 

Old and New Diaspora Subjectivities in Judy Fong Bates’s Midnight at the Dragon Café

Monica Chiu, University of New Hampshire 

Spheres of Influence: Authority, Masculinity, and the Immigrant Dream in Jean Kwok’s Girl in Translation, Jean Kwok 

Tingfang Du, University of Western Ontario
Postcolonial Perspective of Visualized“I” in the Chinese Version of The Woman Warrior

Michelle Tisseyre, Confucius Institute at Quebec

"Writing in two languages: Challenges and Rewards of a Unique Creative Process" 

5:30 Dinner : Renison Great Hall Extension
7:00 Tea and Social Gathering: Chapel Lounge
7:30 Film: Iron Road, Chapel Lounge. (Open to public)

Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, 8:30 am depart B & B for Renison College

9:00 – 12:30 Session 2, Renison Chapel Lounge

Petra Fachinger, Queen’s University
Returnee Fiction: Shanghai Baby and Marrying Buddha, The People’s Republic of Desire, and Kitchen Chinese

Ai Jun Zhu,New College of Florida, "The Good, the Bad, and the Spiritual in Li Yan's Fiction" 

* Morning Tea break 30 min *

Donald Goellnicht, McMaster University
Fictive Explorations of “Chinese Canadian” and/or “Chinese in Diaspora” 

Farah Moosa, McMaster University
Myth, Memory and the Diasporic Subject in Chinese Canadian Literature 

PatriciaChu,George Washington University
The Theme of Return in Chinese American literature

12:30-2:00 Lunch
2:00-5:30 pm Author/ Artist Readings and Performance,

Chapel Lounge, Renison University College (Event open to the public)

15 minutes for each person, followed by questions/ discussion

Denise Chong, Economist and Writer
Works include: The Concubine’s Children (Penguin 1994), The Girl in the Picture: The Kim

Phuc Story (Viking, 1999), and Egg on Mao (Random House, 2009). Jim Wong-Chu, Poet & Editor

Works include: Chinatown Ghosts (Arsenal), and Many Mouthed Birds: Contemporary

Writing by Chinese Canadians (Douglas & McIntyre). 

Yan Li, Professor and Novelist

Works include: Lily in the Snow, (Women’s Press, Toronto, 2010),Daughters of the Red Land, (Sister Vision Press, Toronto, 1995) , The Lambs of Mapleton, (Shanghai People’s Publishing House, 2008), Married to the West Wind, (Mirror Books, Canada, 1999).

Ka Nin Chan, Professor and Composer, University of Toronto Works include: Iron Road (2001), Ice Time (2004) and The Weaving Maiden (2006) 

Xin Wang, Soprano 

Alice Ho, pianist 

Derwin Mak, Science Fiction Writer
Works include: The Moon Under Her Feet (Windstorm Creative, 2007) and The Shrine of the

Siren Stone (Orchard House Press, 2010).《Siren Stone》

Eric Choi, Engineer and Science Fiction Writer
Works include: The Dragon and the Stars, co-edited with Derwin Mak (DAW Books, 2010)

5:30 pm Walk to Lucinda House, Wilfrid Laurier University

6:00 pm Buffet Dinner at Lucinda House, 157 Albert St., Waterloo (heritage house built in 1846 by Joseph Good)

Sunday, Oct.17,2010
8:00 Check-out and depart B & B
8:30 -11:00 Am Session 3, Renison Chapel Lounge, Renison College

Jun Liu, Deputy Director of CI, moderator,

Xiangping Li

Professor, Literary Institute of Academy of Social Science in China

(Chinese Diaspora and the Rebirth of the Humanity: on the Aesthetics and the New Chinese Figures in

the Fiction of Paul Yee and Yan Li)
Shaojun He, Professor. Shenyang Normal University

Title of the paper: Culture Clash in Contemporary Chinese Literature‐‐Yan Geling and Li Yan

Huimin Cao, Professor,Suzhou University Writing cross‐border and cross‐cultural nostalgia—— Yan Geling,Li Yan and Min Anqi

Li Wei, University of Inner Mongolia)

The Confucian Sublime: Family and Family values in Wayson Choy’s Works

Discussion & Questions:
Laifong Leung, University of Alberta, Professor
Qianli Chen, Nankai University, Associate Professor
Xiaohong Guo, Book Review magazine, Publishing Bureau of China, Senior Editor Jian Zhuang, Guangming Daily, Senior Editor

11:30 Lunch at Chapel Lounge 1:00 Excursion
Program Organizing Committee

Yan Li, Confucius Institute, University of Waterloo

Eleanor Ty, English and Film Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

Jun Liu, Confucius Institute, University of Waterloo

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