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2011: Focus on China

2011: Focus on China

The 28th Miami Book Fair International focuses on China, hoping to build a bridge of understanding with a country and a culture which is as vibrant, complex, and sometimes contradictory as any other on the planet. For the next week, the Fair and our Chinese partners will present a wealth of activities, from demonstrations of Chinese culture and art, to discussions of social issues facing contemporary China. Join us in an examination of our two cultures’ commonalities and our differences, as we seek to learn from each other.

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With a recorded history of more than 5,000 years, it’s safe to say that if the story of China were a book, it would be a multi-volume epic. Sometimes regarded as a monolithic entity, China is actually comprised of 56 ethnic groups, of which 53 speak their own distinct language and 23 use their own writing scripts. Religions represented in China include Buddhism, Daoism, Islam and other forms of Christianity. While many people know of China’s famous Forbidden City and Great Wall, far fewer are aware that paper was invented in China, that China produced the largest and earliest encyclopedia on record (consisting of nearly 23,000 volumes!), the first musical instrument (the Xun), and that it has one of the world’s oldest literary traditions. That tradition, including a love of stories, continues today-the last of the Harry Potter series sold more than 16 million copies in China!

The economic changes brought about by China’s emerging market economy have also affected nearly every aspect of its culture and communications, including writing and publishing. These days, writers have become cultural entrepreneurs and state publishing houses are increasingly motivated by commercial success. Yet, China’s official and unofficial policies regarding freedom of expression often seem at odds with this new economic awakening.

In the spirit of mutual understanding, Miami Book Fair International is proud to partner with Hanban (Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language), a Chinese governmental organization charged with cultivating knowledge and interest in the Chinese language and culture, and its affiliate, the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College-part of a group of non-profit public institutions that aim to promote cultural exchange-to bring Book Fair participants a unique view of China and her culture.

Event Highlights

China PavilionChina Pavilion

Sunday, Nov. 13 - Sunday, Nov. 20

The 28th Miami Book Fair International focuses on China, hoping to build a bridge of understanding with a country and a culture which is as vibrant, complex, and sometimes contradictory as any other on the planet. For the next week, the Fair and our Chinese partners will present a wealth of activities, from demonstrations of Chinese culture and art, to discussions of social issues facing contemporary China. Join us in an examination of our two cultures’ commonalities and our differences, as we seek to learn from each other.

Chinese and Chinese-American Authors at the FairChinese and Chinese-American Authors at the Fair

The Miami Book Fair is pleased to welcome an impressive group of Chinese and Chinese-American literary figures, including Jiang Bing, the Secretary General of the China Novels Society; Yan Lianke, the author of eight novels, ten novellas, and five volumes of essays, some of which have been banned in China; Yi Jing, the principal of the Juaxia School of Traditional Culture; Zhu Wen, one of the most influential writers and film directors in contemporary China; Yu Hua, the first Chinese writer to win the James Joyce Foundation Award; novelist Hong Ying, published in 29 languages; Da Chen, a leading Chinese-American memoirist, literary novelist, and young-adult author; his wife, novelist Sunny Chen; Belle Yang, author/illustrator of two works of nonfiction and three picture books; Gene Luen Yang, whose graphic novel was the first to become a National Book Award finalist; award-winning poet Li-Young Lee; illustrator and children’s book author, Grace Lin; and food, fashion writer and now memoirist, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan.

International Symposium on Chinese Language, Culture and CommunicationInternational Symposium on Chinese Language, Culture and Communication

Friday, Nov. 18

International Symposium: Book Fairs and Chinese Language, Culture and Communication
Hosted by Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College / Co-hosts: Chinese Academy for Art Industries at Shanghai University and the Office of International Education at Miami Dade College

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