Confucius Institute at Ateneo de Manila University and Peking University Jointly Hold Belt and Road Academic Seminar

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippines [Time]    2018-10-06 14:58:36 
 

From September 27th to 28th, on its Loyola campus, the Confucius Institute at Ateneo de Manila University held an international seminar of oriental literature and historical culture of regions along the “Belt and Road”. The seminar was jointly organized by the Confucius Institute at Ateneo de Manila University and the Oriental Literature Research Center of Peking University. Nearly 30 experts from Ateneo University, Peking University and all sectors of the Philippines gave talks at the conference. Joey M.Cruz, Vice President of Ateneo University, Ning Qi, Dean of the School of Foreign Studies at Peking University, Wang Bangwei, Director of Research Center of Eastern Literature at Peking University, Huang Shuxiu, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute at Ateneo de Manila University, and Liang Guanghan, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at Ateneo de Manila University, and nearly 200 students and faculty members from Ateneo University, Chiang Kai Shek College, Caloocan University and the Confucius Institute at Ateneo de Manila University attended the seminar.


Chinese and foreign directors, stuff of the Confucius Institute at Ateneo University and experts and scholars from Peking University

Cruz delivered a welcome speech in which he said that the Silk Road was a passage that connected China and western countries in history, and the Belt and Road Initiative linked more countries together, covering about two thirds of the world’s population. The cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative included not only the cooperation in economy and commerce, but also in the communication between peoples. The significance of the seminar lies in the discussion on infinite possibilities of cultural exchanges and integration under the framework. The Philippines, as an important partner in the Belt and Road Initiative, has kept close contact with China in economy, culture and personnel exchanges for a long term.


Cruz delivering a welcome speech

In her speech, Ning Qi said that only by reviewing history could we anticipate the future. “The Silk Road” was not merely a trade route, but also a road of culture exchanges. In terms of culture and education, the friendship between Peking University and Ateneo University was an example. Since Peking University established a major of the Philippine language in 1985, it had had seven batches of graduates. In the process of educating students, the two universities had kept a good relationship in communication and cooperation. The seminar held in the Philippines demonstrates the lasting and profound friendship between the two nations, which, in the meantime, was a new pilot cooperation.


Ning Qi giving a speech

At the seminar, experts and scholars from Peking University, Ateneo University and many other fields and institutions discussed such issues as historical culture, literary studies, journalism, language policy and cross-culture communication under the background of the Belt and Road Initiative.


Wang Bangwei making a speech on “Chinese People in the ‘South Sea Road’ from the First to the Eighth Century”

Scholars from China and the Philippines introduced the “South Sea Road”, the predecessor of the Maritime Silk Road, trade along the ancient Silk Road, and cultural exchanges and social changes. They believed that the “South Sea Road” and the ancient Silk Road are important routes for the Chinese people to communicate with people from other countries in the South Sea region and significant areas for trade and cultural exchanges. They foresaw the highly-integrated globalization in modern international society.


Professor Aurora Roxas Lim from the School of Chinese Studies in Ateneo University giving a speech: “Cultural Exchanges along the Ancient Silk Road”.


Czarina Saloma, Associate Professor from the Department of Social Anthropology in Ateneo University giving a speech: “The Belt and Road Initiative and Rejuvenation of Ancient Cities: Connecting Manila China Town and Spanish Intramuros in the Philippines”

Many Philippine scholars advocated that the Belt and Road Initiative and Philippine’s “Build Build Build” Initiative were a “perfect match”. They were significant to the two nations’ politics, culture, history and technology. However, at present, given many people in the Philippines know little about the Belt and Road Initiative, scholars from both countries proposed to highly focus on media strategies, learn more about the cultural features and community needs in the regions along the “Belt and Road”, and provide project cooperation and service that meet the social needs and local culture.


Wu Weijie, Deputy Dean from the School of Foreign Studies at Peking University, giving a speech: “Studies on Strategies of Promoting Chinese Films in Southeast Asia-Focus on Audiences’ Preference and Cultural Influence”

In addition, scholars also introduced their research outcomes in image of China in literary works and media along the “Belt and Road” countries, the development of traditional Chinese medicine, cultural heritage protection and other fields.


Huang Shuxiu making a closing address

Since the Belt and Road Initiative has been put forward, as a bridge between China and other countries in foreign language learning and cultural exchanges, the Confucius Institute at Ateneo University has been striving to become a pioneer in practicing the Silk Road spirit and integrating its own development with the Belt and Road Initiative. The seminar explored the oriental literature, history and culture from the perspective of the “Belt and Road” and carried out a profound and comprehensive communication and interaction centering on literature, history and culture of the countries along the “Belt and Road”. The seminar saw in-depth collaboration between the two universities following the visit to Peking University by the “2017 professor delegation from the Confucius Institute at Ateneo University”. It also provided a chance for the Chinese and Philippine cultures to interact and integrate. Through this event, scholars of the two nations would consider the “East” as a whole, and achieve a more thorough understanding of the oriental civilization so as to promote multicultural exchanges.

Chinese News TV, CRI and other media outlets covered the event.