Frankfurt Book Fair 2015: China-related Events (Oct 14-18)

Leuchtspur: German-language mook for Chinese Literature in Translation

Date/time: 13:00-14:00 on Friday Oct 16
Venue: 5.1 A128, Frankfurt Book Fair
Participants: Gong Yingxin, Martin Winter, Maja Linnemann, Martina Hasse

Leuchtspur, the youngest sibling of English language Pathlight magazine, is a literature-mook with the aim of presenting the best new Chinese literature and poetry in German translation. Gong Yingxin, director of the German Book Information Center Beijing, talks to translators and the chief editor about the translation process, objectives and potential readership.


The Chinese are coming: Exploring the longest border in the world (panel)

Date/time: 10.30 am–11.30 pm, Sunday Oct 18
Venue: Weltempfang – Stage 3.1 L25

On Russia’s far-eastern periphery the mood is downbeat. Many people feel neglected by Moscow and are leaving their homes. Meanwhile, ever more people are moving in from China. The “Border Crossers” programme of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin gave its support to authors who travelled this border region. Three of those border crossers now discuss this geographical area where the cards are being reshuffled.

Participants: Sören Urbansky, academic officer at the faculty for Russian and Asian studies at the Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich Olaf Kühl (Berlin), translator to German from Polish and Russian; advisor on Russian affairs to the mayor of Berlin; author; most recent work: “Der wahre Sohn” (Rowohlt 2013; “The True Son”, not available in English translation); Christine Hamel (Munich), author; journalist with special focus on Russia; and chaired by Jenny Friedrich-Freksa, editor-in-chief of the magazine “Kulturaustausch.”

Cambridge, MA Sep 25-26 Event: Shen Congwen and Modern China

International Symposium: Shen Congwen and Modern China

Date: Friday, September 25, 2015, 10:00am to Saturday, September 26, 2015, 10:00am
Location: Room S020 | CGIS South | 1730 Cambridge Street | Cambridge, MA


  • Shen Congwen and the May Fourth: Nativism, Regional Culture, and The Polemics of Realism
  • Shen Congwen during the Revolutionary Era: Art as a Form of Resistance; Revolutionism vs. Liberalism; The Poetics of Self-Negation
  • Shen Conwen after 1949: the Politics of Esoteric Writing; Shen Congwen as an Art Historian.
  • Shen Congwen and His Legacy: Critical Lyricism in Modern China

The author was born 1902 in Fenghuang Country, Hunan, of mixed Han, Miao and Tujia heritage but reportedly hid his non-Han origins nearly until his death in the 80s.

HK Literary Festival: China-related Events to Attend (Oct 31, Nov 3)

October 31

Xu Zechen: Running Through Beijing

  • Xu Zechen’s Running Through Beijing introduces us to Dunhuang, a lost soul who has recently been released from prison for selling fake IDs. Xu draws on his real-life experiences to guide us through an underworld of thievery, pornography, prison, bribery and police in this heart-breaking and thrilling journey. With interpreter and moderator Sebastian Veg.

Mike Meyer In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland

  • For three years, Mike Meyer rented a home in the rice-farming community of Wasteland, hometown to his wife’s family whose personal saga mirrors the tremendous change most of rural China is undergoing. In Manchuria is a scintillating combination of memoir, travelogue, contemporary reporting, and historical research, presenting a unique profile of China’s northeast territory.

November 3

David Bandurski: Dragons in Diamond Village

  • David Bandurski spent nearly ten years reporting and researching for his latest book Dragons in Diamond Village. Packed with intimate portraits and in-depth journalism, it is a stunning and detailed work of non-fiction, which tells one of the most important stories of our time: what is actually happening on the front lines of China’s unpredictable and unprecedented journey towards urbanization?

Aug 10-11 Hailar Event: 3rd Annual Tungusic Language and Culture Conference


Date: August 10-11, 2015

Venue: Hailar District, Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia

Organizer/Sponsors: CASS Institute of Ethnic Literature, Hulunbuir College, Hulunbuir Institute of History and Culture Research

Topics: History, culture, religious beliefs, literature, folk arts and socio-economic status of Tungusic peoples: within the PRC (Hezhen, Evenki, Oroqen, Manchu and Xibe); in Russia’s Far East and Siberia; in Mongolia (Tsaatan); in Japan (Ainu); and the interaction of Tungusic peoples with other peoples of northeast Asia, such as the Mongols, those of Turkic origins, Nordic Sami, Koreans and Japanese.  

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One of the key personalities on the organizing committee is Dr. Chao Ke (Dulor Osor Chog), a renowned Evenki scholar who has written widely on Tungusic culture and language. See here for details on his latest published works.

Hong Kong and Cambridge Events: Spotlight on the Tungus-speaking Orochen and Evenki

Event: The Orochen – China’s Last Nomadic Hunters, a Royal Geographical Society presentation by Sih Hing Chao (founder of the Orochen Foundation)

Venue: 1/F The Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central, Hong Kong

Time/date: June 16, Drinks Reception 6.30 pm; Lecture 7.30 pm

Reservations/info: (HK$150 for RGS members, HK$200 for non-members)

The Orochen [鄂伦春] first entered Chinese historic annals during Emperor Kangxi’s reign as reindeer herders, but gradually gave up the reindeer for the horse. Over time, they developed a nomadic horse-breeding hunter-gatherer culture highly specialised in the hunting of various deer species prevalent in the Khingan Mountains.

During the Qing dynasty, the Orochen played a significant role in the Manchu imperial military forces, as part of the “all-conquering” Solon Eight Banners [索伦八旗], which consisted of a number of horse-based ethnic groups. The Solon Banners fought in campaigns as far-flung across Asia as Nepal, Sichuan, Korea and Vietnam, providing the finest cavalry for the imperial troops. 


Event: River Stars Reindeer, exhibition of photos of the Evenki and Orochen communities in the early 20th century

Venue: Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Time/date: June 23 to September 27, 2015

Previously unseen photographs capturing life in a remote corner of the world a hundred years ago will be displayed for the first time as part of  “River Stars Reindeer” at the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

A shaman, a shamaness, and a Achinsk Lama with their helpers (photo by Sergei Shirokogoroff)

A shaman, a shamaness, and a Achinsk Lama with their helpers (photo by Sergei Shirokogoroff)


The photographs record the indigenous Evenki [鄂温克] and Orochen [鄂伦春] communities and were made by Russian ethnographer Sergei Shirokogoroff and his wife Elizabeth between 1912-1917, and by Cambridge graduate Ethel Lindgren and her husband, Oscar Mamen, between 1929-1932.