Archive for the 'Libraries in China' Category

International Activities

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Never looked back until the LDO pushed me a few times. Vivienne followed up over the phone and asked for some rough numbers and dates. Then I am suprised by how many friends I have made globally and how much I have learnt from those activities. If the Collaborative Virtual Reference is considered as the […]

Know before You Go

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Noa just came back from Israel and preparing for her trip to Beijing. Prof. Swatek is also thinking to get connected in person with some Kunju performers. A few more folks are planning and want to meet before they book the flight. Although I am well connected, I have some disappointment on every trip. Shocking […]

Director Zhu’s Visit

Monday, April 16th, 2012

My regular Thursday TS work was interrupted, and I had to return to Asian. Peking U. Library Director, Dr. Zhu Qiang, just arrived in town for Ingrid’s Presidential program. Shakeela came to Asian Library first to arrange for another group of VIP visitors. I picked enough rare objects from the vault right before Dr. Zhu […]

Emigration Statistics

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Unlike the common question on Chinese immigrants, I was helping a Ph.D candidate to track down emigration statistics from the People’s Republic of China from 1949 to 1989 and to date. A new government sponsored research report Conducted by Xiamen U happens to be released, but only on 1970 to 2008: “从上世纪70年代到2007-2008年间,从中国前往世界各地的移民超过1000万人。其中,来自港澳台地区的约160-170万,来自中国大陆约800多万。前往发达国家的中国新移民近700万,前往发展中国家的有300多万。 “Another study estimates […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rare Book in CASS, 10/12/2011

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

A’Huang has already connected me to the History Institute. She was busy training that day, so Lao Liu took me to Mr. Yuan, who generously showed me the unique item, a hand-written copy from early Qing. CASS has my Childhood friends and Wuhan U buddies. The hyper-exciting chat can never end, all my needs in […]

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.

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