Confucius Institute at UNSW Holds “China Talks”

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of New South Wales [Time]    2010-12-23 09:51:18 

Dr. Qiu Xiaolong in conversation with Nicholas Jose

On 2 December 2010, Confucius Institute at University of New South Wales holds a “China Talk” lecture. Over eighty people attended the State Library of New South Wales, Metcalfe Auditorium, to hear the crime-fiction novelist and poet, Mr Qiu Xiaolong in conversation with Australian writer Nicholas Jose.

The evening talk was organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of New South Wales, together with UNSWriting, to promote contemporary Chinese culture and language through popular writing. Qiu Xiaolong has written six books in the crime-fiction genre, as well as several poetry books and a collection of short stories. His novels are set in Shanghai from the early 1990s and they help the reader understand more about Chinese culture, both modern and traditional, through the different characters of his novels. His main character, Chief Inspector Chen Cao ‘knocks on doors and asks questions’ as he negotiates the complexities of life in the fast changing Shanghai. Using his own poetry as well as drawing on many classical Tang Dynasty poems, Qiu brings to the reader a wonderful insight into China’s cultural traditions and their relevance to today’s society.

The audience interact with the speaker

CI Director and Chinese director together with the speakers and UNSW executives

The audience communicate warmly after the speech

His writing is highly respected among China enthusiasts and literary readers. Leading Australian academics, writers, literary critics and the media joined his many fans to make up an enthusiastic and high-profile audience. Among them were UNSW Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof. Richard Henry, and Pro Vice-Chancellor Ms Jennie Lang, the first Australian ambassador to China, influential corporate executives and prominent China scholars.

The audience responded well to the theme, format and content of the lecture. This event attracted interest from local media and newspapers including the mainstream Australian Broadcasting Corporation.