Confucius Institute at Texas A&M University Co-sponsors the 2012 China-U.S. Children's Literature Sy

Date: 6/25/2012

The first China-U.S. Children’s Literature Symposium, co-sponsored and supported by Ocean University of China, Texas A&M University and the Confucius Institute at Texas A&M University, was held on June 2-3, 2012 at Ocean University of China in Qingdao, Texas A&M’s institutional partner for the Confucius Institute.

The symposium aimed to provide an academic platform for distinguished scholars of children’s literature of China and the United States and to promote in-depth dialogue and international exchange in the field of children’s literature. All of the symposium participants were distinguished scholars in their field. The US delegation included four elected presidents of the North American-based international Children's Literature Association, several winners of the Children’s Literature Association book prize, and an award-winning children's author.  The Chinese side included members of the National Children's Literature Council and four professor/authors of children's books.  This symposium was truly a capstone for academic exchange and vanguard discussion for China-U.S. children’s literature.
The theme of the symposium was “Views of Children’s Literature in China and the US”. The participants had in-depth discussion around five topics: Historical reviews of children’s literature, children’s literature and the nations, children’s literature and historical change, values and identities, and child readers and adult writers. The papers presented at the symposium are set to be published in the near future in both Chinese and English.
This symposium initiated high level academic exchange in children’s literature between the two countries and will have significant impact on future research and publications. It is reported that both China and the US have agreed to convene the second China-U.S. Children’s Literature Symposium in the US in 2014.
(Reported by Confucius Institute at Texas A&M University)


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