Our Quilts: One World Same Dream
Glenn Cartwright (standing), principal and vice-chancellor of Renison University College at the University of Waterloo, extends greetings to the 2014 Literary Forum: Chinese Ethnic Minority Writers and North American Counterparts held on April 24 in Waterloo. This forum is co-hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Waterloo and the China Writers Association with the theme of Our Quilts: One World Same Dream. Eighteen Chinese ethnic minority writers and their North American counterparts joined together to discuss topics such as multinational writing in Chinese literature and first nations literature. Photos by Li Na / China Daily
THEME & VARIATIONS
Yan Li (center), director and professor of the Confucius Institute at the University of Waterloo, illustrates the forum theme of Our Quilts: One World Same Dream as symbols of multiculturalism in Canada and China. "No matter what ethnicity we are", she said. "We share the same feelings and emotions, and literature transcends languages, ethnicities and races."
Armand Garnet Ruffo (left), a professor at Carleton University who draws on his Ojibway heritage for his writing, shows his Aboriginal ID card, and expresses his concern that the aboriginal culture has been eliminated in the process of integration into the mainstream in Canada.
PRESERVE AND PROTECT
Hanyin Yin (right), an ethnic Manchu writer who served as editor of Chinese National Literature Magazine and is current vice-president of the Chinese Minority Writer's Society, explains how the government protects and promotes minority native languages through the minority literature development project in China.
Darrol Bryant (left), a professor at Renison University College at University of Waterloo and director of the Centre for Dialogue and Spirituality in the World's Religions, meets with Ursula (right), who is dressed in traditional clothing at Old Order Mennonites country near St Jacobs town in south Ontario. The Mennonites have successfully perpetuated traditional rural modes of life, unchanging clothing styles, and religious characteristics.
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
Guo Ding (center), a TV and radio commentator on current affairs and co-author of History of Chinese Migration to Canada (1858-1966), talks about how the Chinese have become the largest minority group in Canada and the Chinese-Canadian culture is a third culture - not completely Westernized nor completely traditional Chinese.
SPEED THE PLOW
Moses (wearing hat), owner of a traditional Mennonite farm, introduces the farm operation to Chinese and Canadian writers. Although they rejected the use of modern technology and media, they have succeeded in continuing a traditional style of farming.
Zhuo Mei (standing), a Chinese Tibetan ethnic writer, sings a folk song to thank Mennonite farmers Moses and Ursula for their hospitality. To Zhou's left is Chinese Hazakh ethnic writer Yeerkexi Kuerbanbaike.