China Day 2016


Join us to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Dalhousie’s Chinese Studies Program, celebrate Chinese culture, discover opportunities and explore Dal’s key collaborations with Chinese institutions.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Council Chambers and lobby, 2nd floor of Student Union Building, Dalhousie University, 6136 University Ave.
Free. Limited Seating.

1:30pm: Funding Opportunities, Study/Research in China, Best Practices and more
Opening/Welcoming remarks: Dr. Fiona Black, Associate Vice-President Academic
Dr. Shao-Pin Luo, Coordinator, Chinese Studies Program, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Minister Yang, Minister Counselor of Education, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to Canada

Learn about funding opportunities for students and faculty to study or research in China. Explore best practices for student/faculty mobility and graduate education cooperation such as joint degree programs. The new initiative “Canada Learning Initiative in China”, a for-credit program of study in China, will be introduced.

2:30pm: Scholarships, China Study Program, Proficiency Tests and more
Maria Pan, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at Saint Mary’s University

Learn about programs and services offered by the Confucius Institute (CI@SMU) such as the Confucius Institute Scholarships, China Study Program, Chinese Summer Camps and Chinese Proficiency Tests (HSK, HSKK). The Confucius Institute runs a variety of Mandarin and Chinese cultural courses, hosts Chinese cultural events and offers resources and opportunities to university students who are keen to learn Mandarin or China-related subjects.

Western Conceptions of China, Book Launch
Dr. Simon Kow, Associate Professor of Humanities at University of King’s College

Dr. Kow discusses how his work at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii helped inform his new book, China in Early Enlightenment Political Thought (Routledge), as well as his teaching and research. The book is the first to provide in-depth comparative analyses of seminal European Enlightenment thinkers that specifically link their views on China to their political concerns.

4:30pm: Chinese Collaborations: Research and Academic Highlights
Panelists share their experiences collaborating on joint degree programs, joint research initiatives and more with Chinese Institutions. Reception to follow.

Opening remarks: Minister Yang, Minister Counselor of Education, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to Canada
Chair: Dr. Pat Rodee, Director of International Research and Development
- Dr. Barry Lesser, Director of China Programs in Economics and Science, Department of Economics, Faculty of Science
- Dr. Shannon Brownlee, Assistant Professor, Fountain School of Performing Arts, Film Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
- Dr. Yonggan Zhao, Canada Research Chair in Risk Management, Rowe School of Business, Faculty of Management
- Dr. Jinyu Sheng, Professor in Physical Oceanography, Department of Oceanography, Faculty of Science
- Dr. Nancy Pitts, Associate Professor, Analytical Food Chemistry, and former Associate Dean International, Faculty of Agriculture

6pm: : Reception; Calligraphy Demonstration and Live Traditional Chinese Music & Dance
6-6:30pm: Calligraphy demonstration by Dr. Lei Jiang
6:30-7:30pm:  Presentation of Scholarship Awards by the Chinese Education Promotion Association of Nova Scotia and Live traditional music and dance by Nova Scotia Chinese Culture and Art Club.

7:30pm: Short Animated Film Screening
Introductory remarks: Dr. Shannon Brownlee, Assistant Professor, Fountain School of Performing Arts, Film Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Join us for an evening of short animated films about Chinese culture and history featuring films from Canada’s National Film Board and from the stop-motion animation company, 杭州相人偶动漫有限公司, based in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. The films tell a variety of stories, from a lyrical evocation of the life of Song dynasty poet Li Qingzhao to contemporary recollections of gendered violence in World War II. Note: approximately PG rating; not for young children.

Thank you to our supporters:
Organized by the Office of International Relations in collaboration with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to Canada, the Provost and VP Academic, Chinese Studies Program, the International Research and Development unit of Research Services, the International Centre, the Alumni Association, the University of King’s College, Dalhousie Chinese Students and Scholars Association and the Nova Scotia Chinese Culture and Art Club.