Icelandic literature is the main theme at a recent meeting with Peking University
On May 13 of this year, Ambassador Kristín A. Arnadottir met with representatives of Peking University at a meeting where Icelandic literature was the main theme. Icelandic historian and author Gudjon Fridriksson was a special guest at the meeting.
The purpose of the meeting was to present the participation of Iceland as the guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair this year, the 200 year Anniversary of the birth of Jon Sigurdsson, Iceland’s independence hero, and opportunities for cooperation in the context of both of these landmark events. Specifically, the setting up of an exhibition at the University was discussed.
Peking University has long been a centre for cultural cooperation between the two countries. Many Icelandic students have studied Chinese language at the school and it has also played host to meetings and forums on Icelandic literature. The University’s representatives discussed Icelandic history and with good knowledge and ideas on cooperation in special cultural events at the University were also broached.
From the Icelandic side, Minister Counsellor Ragnar Baldursson attended the meeting with Ambassador Arnadottir. Representatives of Peking University were Mr Wang Yong, Deputy Director of the Office of International Relation at Mr Wang Yong, Prof. Chen Yuehong, Deputy Director of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature; Prof. Zhang Hui in Comparative Literature; Prof. Qin Liyan in Comparative Literature; Prof. Jiang Hongsheng in Comparative Literature; Prof. Chen Lianshan in Folk Literature; Prof. Wang Juan in Folk Literature; Ms. Li Yun, Program Officer, Office of International Relations.