Guest of Honor: China style at the International Book Fair

CBI Compiled Author: 2016-01-18 08:52

It is just the beginning of 2016. In 3 days, i.e, on January 9th, the New Delhi World Book Fair will be opened and a splendid view of the international cultural exchanges will be presented in India, one of the ancient civilizations in the world. Themed with “renaissance of civilizations, understanding through exchanges”, more than 60 activities will be held by China as the guest of honor, with an exhibition of more than 10,000 books of 5,000 kinds.

Over the past ten years, with the growth of the economic strength of China, Chinese culture has also being sped up to go global than ever before.

In 2004, as the guest of honor in Salon du Livre Paris, the French version of 15,000 books by Chinese writers were sold out in 7 days. “The hustle and bustle is beyond our imagination,” said the writer Yuhua.

Then from 2007 to 2015, China has been made the Guest of Honor at the top-notch book fairs held in many major cities, including Moscow, Seoul, Frankfort, Salonika, Cairo, London, Istanbul, Colombo, Belgrade, Minsk, New York, etc., of many important countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. Dozens of or even hundreds of cultural exchange activities had been launched at these fairs, including trades in copyright, seminars on publishing, communications among writers and cultural exhibitions. During the Frankfurt Book Fair and London Book Fair, more than 300 activities were held in only several days which provided great opportunities for publishers, authors and scholars from China and those from other countries as well as the readers to have face-to-face communications.


(Two girls display their calligraphy at the 2016 Egyptian Exhibition on Chinese Books in Cairo. Jan 19,2016)
(A woman displays her calligraphy at the 2016 Egyptian Exhibition on Chinese Books in Cairo. Jan 19,2016)
As for the theme of the activities held by China as the Guest of Honor, it has changed  with the development of great country strategy of China to go to the world, from “Reading Chinese books, Understanding Chinese people” at Moscow International Book Fair to “new silk road, new chapter” at Istanbul International Book Fair, to “Culture on Silk Road, Fragrance of Book from China” at Colombo International Book Fair, to “Experience the Future through China” at Book Expo America and to “Renaissance of Civilizations, Understanding through Exchanges” at the coming New Delhi World Book Fair. This extension and integration makes the exhibitions more localized and better adapted to the situation of the host country and readers.
Because of the wonderful activities, China as the Guest of Honor has won praises from the host countries of the book fairs.
Now activities will be held by China as the Guest of Honor in India, and in a space of 1,200 square meters, people of China and India will talk about Hsüan-tsang and Tagore across time and space. The books will shorten the distance between the two countries and begin a new chapter in the cultural exchanges between the two great ancient civilizations.






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