Archive for the 'Events' Category

Art of Relaxation

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

This program was nearby. I skipped lunch and tried to attend, but was almost stopped by a reference request on the way out. I felt guilty saying “no”, but did and rushed out. Besides the methods of relaxation, learning to say “no” really struck me. Quite often, I skip lunch or spend too much time […]

Highlight of the Trip

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

This year’s CEAL conference focused on the TS restructure, and we at UBC have been there and have done it. Keynote speech by Prof. Dai Jinhua, Friendship with my fellow CEAL members and ROM visit are some highlights of the trip. Thanks to Stephen’s invitation and arrangement, I was able to skip the official visit […]

Midnight in Toronto

Monday, March 19th, 2012

The flight convinced me how large Canada is. It was late, but I am glad that the pilot didn’t take sick leave. Caught the airport express and arrived at Sheraton around midnight. Our room on the 17th floor faces the City Hall, the landmark building opened in 1965, and the only one I can recognize […]

International Students

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Just finished the conference paper, and found time to come back here. Several events related to international students in the past weeks. Minister Wong visited us last week and mentioned: “49 high schools in China using the Canadian high school curriculum, some of those graduates may come to UBC”. Winnie brought a group of 15 […]

A Hot Red Week

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Reference requests rushed in last week. Asian Studies’ new year party attracted many people. I could only stood at the back for a short time. A white student asked for some ghost stories from Ming so he could compare with Liao Zhai. I just assumed he wanted English translation, until he confirmed that he really […]

Shanxi Revisit 重游山西

Friday, December 9th, 2011

小时候去过很多次山西,只觉得大山里有洞可钻又有河的地方很好玩。那时不仅暑假在山里避暑,记得还被送到大寨参观。大学毕业前最后一次陪父母旅游又到了山西——太原、晋祠、五台山,至今印象深刻。记忆中的山西人纯朴、热情、友善。这次的交流项目将太原作为最后一站实在惬意。马跃、小宋、王馆带我们沿着宽阔笔直、布满霓虹灯的道路来到丹枫白鹭。 下榻的小酒店除了色彩亮丽的漆器家具,还有壁炉和书架。邱学长在等待安排房间的时候,已经便览《山西通志》啦。房间里温暖如春,似乎还有地热。看得出是省馆精心挑选了这个离会场有点距离的温馨之处。这对于离家月余、四出奔波的我尤其重要。 在山西,我找到了置身华夏山水之间的感觉,人们以自己的本土文化自豪, 告诉我们“五千年的文化要看山西”。莫非当年父母知道我一心想出国留学,带我走遍山西是有一番苦心的。 星期天,趁山西各地同行在太原集合报道的时候, 我们到了40公里以外的乔家大院。只在张艺谋的电影里见过,而这次亲临其境的感觉完全不同。从乾隆年间直到现在,那厚重的院墙,深不见底的院落和雕梁画栋的装饰让人流连。 那时的乔家就已经将金融生意遍布全球甚至走向世界了。家规、行规、大宅院的管理等等是有它一套的。 相比之下平遥古城展示的是State Power。我虽惊叹其保存完整,但衙门尤其是监狱的刑法展示让我觉得难以承受。风衣放在面包车里,车只能停在城外。到后来借得李博士的毛衣,又买了顶帽子,才坚持着走完平遥。满街的商业气息已经让我窒息,碍于导游小伙的劝导,也只好洒下些银子。但一定要不择手段,像大牌广告这样招揽生意吗?一个文化旅游胜地在国力许可的情况下,是否可以做出更有品位的商业呢?像当年平遥鼎盛的时候?

Wuhan, 10/29 to 11/3

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Glad to see Wuhan as one of the stops of the TGAG trip. On top of the work, it’s like a reunion event. Jingxia successfully worked out the program held in her City Library, just like she brought her library into IFLA. I felt pressure after I saw the program package already in my hotel […]

In Guiyang, 10/24-10/29

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Our TGAG team was finally formed in Beijing and I flew back down south to Guiyang to attend the Society’s annual meeting and to train the librarians in Guizhou Province. Although our trainees work in an underdeveloped province, they asked good questions and have strong desire to contribute to their communities. I was impressed by […]

Donation to the Orphanage, 10/11/2011

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

First thing we did in China was to visit this orphanage in Fangshan District of Beijing city. Respresenting the Society, along with our vendor, Ms. Zhang Ying’s company, we donated new books to the lovely children and their loving care givers.


Friday, November 4th, 2011

武汉市馆的开幕式上,陈传夫突然低声说, 黄老师走了。 培训的事就在眼前, 各位领导还在讲话, 我却忍不住走出了报告厅。徐鸿和我在厦门黄老生日那天想打电话祝寿,可是很晚都没人接电话。刚到武汉就听到噩耗,走廊里魏主任看出了我的异常,我说只是需要安静地怀念一下我的老师。 我高考那年是黄老师代表武大到北京招生的。受〈女大学生宿舍〉的影响一心想上武大,第一志愿新闻系,第二才是图书馆系。高考成绩比我想像的高出不少,满以为这辈子会当上记者,不料到了武汉, 出席的是图书馆的迎新会。 黄老师找到我, 说是他看到我的成绩,主动把我录取到图书馆专业。新闻系刚成立,无法与图书馆系相提并论。我当时实在不能理解这一生就如此注定了。现在想来,黄老师的决策和教诲至关重要。遗憾的是我不能参加他的葬礼,但是我回来了,是反馈培育过我的导师和我度过4年青春岁月的城市。 黄老师,您的话都应验了。 我以身为您的学生为荣,我知道您也为我骄傲!

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