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Symposium explored Chinese culture and relevance
Photos and Story by James Hill
The Asian studies faculty at PCC concluded a symposium, “Looking over the Wall: Understanding the Old and New China,” from Oct. 18-20. It was co-hosted with the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii and held at the Sylvania Campus. The organizers of the symposium hosted four distinguished scholars, Peter Hershock of the East-West Center; Henry Rosemont, Jr., of Fudan University in Shanghi; Stanley Murashige of the Art Institute of Chicago and Emily Yeh of the University of Colorado.
Topics of discussion included: “Ethics and its Contemporary Relevance: Discourse on Human rights,” “Why Asian Studies and Why Now?” “Chinese Painting and Calligraphy: A Disciplined Spontaneity,” and “Green China: Teaching Challenges of China’s Environmental Degradation and Protection.” The Dragon Art Studio also entertained participants and gave special insight into Chinese folklore and culture. The program ended with a tour of the Portland Classical Chinese Garden.
Kudos go out to Sylvia Gray, Bryan Hull, Deborah Sipe, David Stout, Linda Blanchette, Jana Sanchez, the food service staff, and all volunteers that helped to make this event possible. And a big “thank you” to Sylvia Welch (affirmative action director) who provided a grant from PCC s Diversity Fund.