Confucius Institutes in Canada jointly hold the Itinerant Exhibition for the 70th Anniversary of World Anti-Fascist War’s Victory and in Memory of Dr. Norman Bethune

[Source] [Time]    2015-06-12 17:28:11 

In the activity

On May 30 local time, hundreds of precious books and photos about World War II and Doctor Bethune were exhibited at the University of Waterloo in Canada to demonstrate the heroic efforts in World Anti-Fascist War and Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and to commemorate Doctor Bethune.

The launch ceremony of the exhibition was held at Renison University College, University of Waterloo. Mr. Wu Shangzhi, Deputy Director of State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of The People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT), led a delegation to attend the activity. Mr. Peter Braid, Member of Canadian Parliament, delivered a speech on behalf of Canadian government. The ceremony attracted many distinguished guests from governments, academia and cultural circles of the two countries.

This exhibition is the starting point of the exhibition tour, which displays more than 200 books and 100 photos in English or Chinese about World Anti-Fascist War, Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and Doctor Bethune. The exhibition will also be held in Montreal and Edmonton.

The activity was sponsored by China Archives of Publications in partnership with the Confucius Institute at the University of Waterloo, the Confucius Institute in Quebec and the Confucius Institute in Edmonton. Through the exhibits that integrate both photos and texts, the sponsors intend to open a window for the spectators to learn about the heroic deeds in World Anti-Fascist War, Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the moving stories of Doctor Bethune, and to display the precious spiritual wealth and friendship between China and Canada in the protection of international peace.

A scene of the activity

In his speech, the Deputy Director of SAPPRFT Mr. Wu Shangzhi expressed his thanks to Canadian people for their valued political and moral support for Chinese people in World Anti-Fascist War 70 years ago. He also appreciated the efforts of Doctor Bethune who travelled all the way to the battlefield in China, saved the lives of hundreds of soldiers, cultivated many medical workers for China and even sacrificed his own life in China. Then on behalf of China, Mr. Wu Shangzhi donated books to the University of Waterloo.

The MP Peter Braid who attended the opening ceremony on behalf of Canadian government said it is of great significance to hold the exhibition tour as it will help people know about Chinese history. Braid recollected that there have been exchanges between China and Canada since the time of former Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau and that Canada used to export wheat to China, which shows the long lasting friendship between the two countries.

Peter Braid addressing the ceremony

As the major battlefield in the East in WWII 70 years ago, China contained and eliminated a vast number of Japanese invaders while she herself made tremendous sacrifice. When recollecting this period of history, Mr. Xue Bing, Chinese Consul General in Toronto, expressed his gratitude to Canadian people for their help to China at that time, and he mentioned in particular Canadian soldiers shed blood and even sacrificed their lives in the Defence of Hong Kong. Mr. Xue Bing spoke highly of the joint efforts that the peoples of the two countries made to fight against fascist aggression, and called on people, through viewing the exhibition, to honor the past, commemorate the martyrs, create the future and preserve the victory of WWII so that it will never happen again.

Ms. Anglela Vieth, Acting Mayor of Waterloo, Mr. Berry Vrbanovic, Mayor of Kitchener, Prof. J.J.Van Vlasselaer, Vice President of International Affairs of the University of Waterloo and Mr. Peter Ringrose, Chair of the Board of Directors, Renison University College, attended the launch ceremony and donation ceremony and delivered  speeches respectively.

During the activity, Waterloo Chinese Philharmonic Choir performed famous songs in the China’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression like On the Taihang Mountain and Song of the Guerrillas, which brought people back to those years of wars.

The exhibition is held during the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Canada and thus received wide attention from the government, academia and media of both countries. The launch ceremony was followed by “China and Canada Cultural Communication Forum”. Prof. Michael Copeland, President of Toronto China-Canada Friendship Association, Mr. Bill Cecil-Smith, descendent of Bethune’s comrade, Ms. Carolyn Wood, Executive Director of Association of Canadian Publishers, made speeches “WWI to China to Hollywood: Norman Bethune, Tillson Harrison & A.A. MacLeod”, “Bethune and My Parents” and “Translations between China and Canada and the exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and Canadian publishers” respectively, and exchanged ideas with the audience.


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