Canadian Stud­ies in China get di­ver­si­fied

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG RU in Bei­jing wan­gru@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The 16th Bi­en­nial Con­fer­ence of the As­so­ci­a­tion for Canadian Stud­ies in China was held at Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies Uni­ver­sity.

About 98 schol­ars and ex­perts in Canadian stud­ies from 51 dif­fer­ent uni­ver­si­ties, col­leges, and re­search in­sti­tutes as well as some busi­ness sec­tors na­tion­wide at­tended the con­fer­ence.

The sub­mit­ted con­fer­ence pa­pers cov­ered the sub­jects as­so­ci­ated with Canada in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion, wel­fare, abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple, the Que­bec is­sue, English/French lit­er­a­ture, the Arc­tic is­sue, eco­log­i­cal pro­tec­tion, econ­omy and trade, ju­di­cial sys­tem, Canadian mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and bilin­gual­ism, Canadian early his­tory and ur­ban­iza­tion.

Con­fu­cius In­sti­tutes in Canada, China-Canada re­la­tions, Canada-US re­la­tions, Canadian for­eign aid and in­vest­ment. All th­ese sub­jects fall into four cat­e­gories and were dis­cussed dur­ing nine pan­els. Schol­ars and ex­perts ex­plored their re­search by ap­ply­ing so­cial science, nat­u­ral science, hu­man­ity as well as an­thro­pol­ogy ap­proaches.

“Be­sides the tra­di­tional fields such as cul­ture and his­tory, the Canadian stud­ies in China are in­creas­ingly look­ing to strate­gic re­la­tion­ships be­tween Canada and China, in­clud­ing anti-ter­ror­ism, ex­tra­di­tion of fugi­tives and the Arc­tic is­sues where the two coun­tries are work­ing closer,” said Qian Hao, direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Canadian Stud­ies at Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies Uni­ver­sity.

China has be­come Canada’s sec­ond largest trad­ing part­ner af­ter the US. There are 1.5 mil­lion Chi­nese im­mi­grants in Canada. The two coun­tries have granted each other 10-year visas.

Canada and China des­ig­nated 2015-2016 as the Year of Peo­ple-toPeo­ple and Cul­tural Ex­changes in Novem­ber 2014, dur­ing Canadian Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper’s for­mal visit to China.

Min­is­ter Sarah Tay­lor at Canadian Em­bassy in Bei­jing at­tended the con­fer­ence and praised of the as­so­ci­a­tion in its con­tri­bu­tion to the Canadian Stud­ies pro­grams in China.

Tay­lor gave her spe­cial thanks to the schol­ars and ex­perts for their ex­cel­lent job in pro­mot­ing the un­der­stand­ing be­tween Chi­nese and Canadian peo­ples.

The min­is­ter claimed that Canadian gov­ern­ment will al­ways be in sup­port of Canadian stud­ies in China and hopes to get more Canadian stu­dents to China to im­prove peo­ple to peo­ple diplo­macy.

Fif­teen young schol­ars have been be­stowed the ti­tle “Win­ner of Ex­cel­lent The­sis” in Canadian stud­ies field at both PhD and MA lev­els.

The con­fer­ence was first held at Sichuan In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies Uni­ver­sity in 1984.

WANG RU / CHINA DAILY

Min­is­ter Sarah Tay­lor at the Canadian Em­bassy met Canadian stud­ies ex­perts at the 16th Bi­en­nial Con­fer­ence of the As­so­ci­a­tion for Canadian Stud­ies held last Month in Shang­hai.

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