Mexican Non-fiction Seminar Held in Beijing
On April 20 2017, the Embassy of the United States of Mexico in China held a seminar about Mexican historian Miguel León-portilla's Visión de los vencidos: Relaciones indígenas de la conquista ( The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico) with the Commercial Press, the Publishing House of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the university's Research Centre on Mexico at the embassy. Professor Sun Jiakun, the book's Chinese translator and Professor Suo Sa, an expert of the Institute of Latin American Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences gave speeches at the seminar.
Miguel León-portilla is a famous Mexican writer and Nahuatl researcher. Most of his works are popular in the world and showcase Mexico's history during the colonial war based on perspectives of original inhabitants. The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico describes a history about the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs, Mayans and Incans. The writer selected many contents from Native American Indian's historical records including the copies of their hieroglyphs and typical cases of their oral history to complete the book. The book has been translated into more than 20 languages and published 29 versions.
The seminar coincided with the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Mexico. The embassy hoped friendly ties between the two countries advanced by promoting Mexico's literary works on World Book and Copyright Day.