First Chi­nese li­brary in Latin Amer­ica opens

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By MAY ZHOU in Lima, Peru mayzhou@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

The Li­brary Cen­ter of China, a joint project be­tween the China For­eign Lan­guage Pub­lish­ing Ad­min­is­tra­tion and the Na­tional Li­brary of Peru, opened its doors in Lima, Peru on Sun­day.

Call­ing it “a liv­ing room for the Chi­nese and Peru­vian cul­tural in­tel­li­gentsia”, Huang Kun­ming, ex­ec­u­tive deputy di­rec­tor of the Pub­lic­ity Depart­ment of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, said that the cen­ter will serve as a win­dow to show­case Chi­nese cul­ture to Peru­vians.

“The cen­ter will help Peru­vians to know China bet­ter, and will pro­vide a rich reser­voir of in­for­ma­tion for schol­ars of China stud­ies in Peru. In ad­di­tion, the Chi­nese books will serve as Chi­nese lan­guage learn­ing ma­te­ri­als,” said Huang.

Huang said the books cover top­ics on China in­clud­ing his­tory, cul­ture, lit­er­a­ture, tra­di­tional medicine, mar­tial arts and mod­ern China.

Ini­tially stocked with 1,000 gifted copies of books, the cen­ter will be grad­u­ally ex­panded with about 300 books added ev­ery year, ac­cord­ing to Hu Baomin, pres­i­dent of China To­day and one of the or­ga­niz­ers of the project. The ini­tial in­stall­ment of books con­sists of 60 per­cent books in Span­ish and 40 per­cent in Chi­nese. Sem­i­nars on Chi­nese cul­ture are also planned.

Gon­zalo Gu­tiér­rez Reinel, Peru’s am­bas­sador to the Euro­pean Union and for­mer am­bas­sador to China, said that cul­tural con­nec­tions are nec­es­sary in ad­di­tion to eco­nomic con­nec­tions. “There is still a long way to go to im­prove bi­lat­eral ex­changes,” he said. “I know that Peru has re­cently re­laxed visa re­quire­ments for Chi­nese. All this will en­hance the mu­tual ex­change and un­der­stand­ing.”

Del­fina Espinosa, di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Li­brary of Peru, and Ana Castillo, deputy min­is­ter of cul­ture of Peru, ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the gift from China and said that the China-Peru re­la­tion­ship had en­tered the best of times.

A small ex­hi­bi­tion about the his­tory of Chi­nese char­ac­ters, the in­ven­tion of pa­per and mov­able type print­ing and writ­ing tools was pre­sented to cel­e­brate the open­ing of the cen­ter. Li Meng, de­sign di­rec­tor at China For­eign Lan­guage Pub­lish­ing Ad­min­is­tra­tion, said the dis­played items are high-qual­ity re­pro­duc­tions from the col­lec­tion of China Print­ing Mu­seum.

A spe­cial edi­tion of China To­day was also re­leased to mark the 45th an­niver­sary of China-Peru diplo­matic ties.

MAY ZHOU / CHINA DAILY

Huang Kun­ming (fore­ground, left), ex­ec­u­tive deputy di­rec­tor of the Cen­tral Pub­lic­ity Depart­ment, shows a book from the Li­brary Cen­ter of China to Ana Castillo, Peru’s deputy min­is­ter of cul­ture, in Lima on Sun­day.

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