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Bangladeshi construction worker publishes poetry book in Chinese
Classic China novel now in Bahasa Malaysia - Nation
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Yeoman’s Oracle
2018-01-06 00:45:23 This work is a collection of pieces written by the author in various online platforms and as part of other edited volumes. The reader does not have the benefit of an introduction that ties in all the chapters together but the fact that the book was released right after the conclusion of 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Beijing in October certainly helps provide context   Read More ...
Tibet tops publication sales growth in China
2017-12-20 04:31:38 The sales of publications in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region surged by over 84 percent in 2016, according to a report made public on Tuesday. The report, published by the Books and Periodicals Distribution Association of China, said although Tibet topped the country in terms of sales growth, publication sales in the country's 12 western provincial-level regions accounted for only 15   Read More ...
Library eyes to make reading cool
2017-12-17 20:02:26 AS electronic reading devices have gained popularity in recent years, the library, the traditional place for reading, has been gradually fading out of people’s lives. However, a recently-opened library in Tianjin has received a lot of attention from the public. “China’s most beautiful library,” “The Binhai Eye,” and “The Road to the Mountain of Books,” are just some of the nicknames the library has received on social media platforms   Read More ...
Donation of Naxi works raises hopes of saving endangered languages in China
2017-12-13 10:34:17 China's National Museum received a donation of 150 rolls of Dongba manuscript from the Naxi ethnic groups living in Lijiang, Southwest China's Yunnan Province on Thursday. Dongba characters are the world's only living pictographic glyphs, according to The Beijing Times. In August 2013, ancient Dongba literature was submitted by China and listed in the Memory of the World Register, a program endorsed by the Director-General of UNESCO, after it was deemed to meet the criteria of having world significance and outstanding universal value   Read More ...
Primary school pupils to learn programming language Python in E China
2017-12-12 10:01:08 Educational authorities have added advanced programming language Python to the latest textbooks for sixth grade pupils in Shandong Province, reports thepaper.cn. Ranked as the most popular programming language for artificial intelligence (AI) in 2017 on rank.com, Python is now being used for general-purpose programming by an increasing number of programmers worldwide. Chinese educators have begun to teach their students Python from a younger age   Read More ...
Writing a New Chapter of International Human Rights Exchanges and Cooperation
2017-12-08 10:03:08 Editor's note: With the convening of the South-South Human Rights Forum in Beijing on Thursday, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Li Baodong expounds on China's international exchanges and cooperation on human rights. Facing profound transformation in the international environment, the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core has made insightful observations of the trends of the times and drawn up and implemented comprehensive, strategic and forward-looking plans, and as a result, great progress and development have been achieved in China's diplomacy   Read More ...
Writing a New Chapter of International Human Rights Exchanges and Cooperation
2017-12-08 03:01:37 Saad Alfarargi, special rapporteur on the Right to Development of the United Nations Human Rights Council, delivers a speech at the South-South Human Rights Forum in Beijing on Thursday.Zou Hong / China Daily. Editor's note: With the convening of the South-South Human Rights Forum in Beijing on Thursday, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Li Baodong expounds on China's international exchanges and cooperation on human rights   Read More ...
Bangladeshi construction worker publishes poetry book in Chinese
2017-11-30 09:45:23 SINGAPORE - Bangladeshi construction worker Md Mukul Hossine's new poetry book Braving Life, which was written in Bengali, has been translated not just into English but also Chinese. The book, which contains the English and Chinese translations, was launched at Nanyang Girls' High School on Thursday (Nov 30). The Chinese translation was done by a group of 10 Secondary Three students from Nanyang Girls' High School, many of whom had not interacted closely with a migrant worker before   Read More ...
This majestic eye-shaped library in China is heaven for every book lover; see pics
2017-11-17 22:12:11 In a dream come true for bookworms, the Tianjin Binhai Library shaped like a giant eye is now a reality in China. The public library has been built in the new cultural district by a Dutch firm MVRDV. A huge collection of books and novels has been placed in huge floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in a five-storey high space building. The library is built in such a way that the different levels of the building look like an eye socket   Read More ...
A Chinese Novelist Is Found in Translation
2017-11-17 04:39:09 Photo MONTREAL — Xue Yiwei, who has been hailed as China’s “most charismatic literary stylist,” is virtually unknown among English-language readers. With the recent English translation in Canada of his 2010 novel “Dr. Bethune’s Children,” which is written in the form of letters to Norman Bethune, a Canadian doctor who died on the front lines of the Communist resistance to the Japanese occupation in 1939, that is about to change   Read More ...
Tencent partners with UNESCO to preserve endangered languages
2017-11-10 02:01:09 Tencent Cloud, the cloud computing arm of tech giant Tencent Holdings, is partnering with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to preserve endangered languages through digital means, the company said on Wednesday. The tech giant will team up with Talkmate, a language learning app, under the organization's initiative dubbed "World Atlas of Languages", through which the parties pledged to uphold multilingualism using artificial intelligence and cloud computing technologies   Read More ...
Tencent partners with UNESCO to preserve endangered languages
2017-11-09 16:03:39 Tencent Cloud, the cloud computing arm of tech giant Tencent Holdings, is partnering with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to preserve endangered languages through digital means, the company said on Wednesday. The tech giant will team up with Talkmate, a language learning app, under the organization's initiative dubbed "World Atlas of Languages", through which the parties pledged to uphold multilingualism using artificial intelligence and cloud computing technologies   Read More ...
Publishing partnerships open new chapter in international cooperation
2017-10-25 02:02:30 Just as a larger number of foreign publishers have been eyeing China-themed books, Chinese publishers have been looking to raise the number of books they sell overseas. Last year, more than 9,800 publication copyrights were sold to foreign buyers, according to a report published by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television in July. In 2012, the figure was about 7,800   Read More ...
Science fiction becomes reality at Beijing show
2017-10-24 20:04:17 In US sci-fi movie “After Earth,” Kitai Raige, played by Will Smith’s son Jaden, wears a magical suit. Normally brown and scaly, it turns beige when Kitai is freezing. When he is bitten by a poisonous insect, it instantly turns white. Now this fictional concept has become reality. At the third International Conference on Nanoenergy and Nanosystems in Beijing, Wang Zhonglin, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, introduced one of its many inventions, the intellectual suit, which has functions similar to Kitai’s   Read More ...
Biggest Serbian book feast opens with focus on German language literature
2017-10-23 04:03:34 Danish author Jusi Adle Olsen (1st R) introduces his book at the 62nd International Book Fair in Belgrade, Serbia, on Oct 22, 2017. Four German language countries are in focus of the 62nd International Belgrade Book Fair in Serbia which started on Sunday with the slogan "Books hold the key". [Photo/Xinhua] BELGRADE - Four German language countries are in focus of the 62nd International Belgrade Book Fair in Serbia which started on Sunday with the slogan "Books hold the key"   Read More ...
Chinese publishers bring titles to Frankfurt
2017-10-13 02:02:10 Up to 70 Chinese publishing houses have brought more than 2,000 titles to the five-day Frankfurt book fair, which was kicked off by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday night. The books exhibited by Chinese publishers have focused mainly on those introductory publications on the Communist Party of China, which will hold its 19th Congress on Oct 18, and on China's latest social and economic developments   Read More ...
Original literature leads children's book market
2017-10-08 12:01:11 Original literature has led the children's book market as children's books have become the fast-growing and most vibrant segment of China's book market. The sales volume of original literature for children accounts for 82.52 percent of the total book market for children, Li said. The pursuit of both fun and philosophy has been a highlight in children's literature, said Feng Zhen, editor-in-chief of "Er Tong Wen Xue," or "Children's Literature   Read More ...
Young girls get their own textbook
2017-09-29 04:03:04 Following the publication of a gender-based textbook for primary school boys last year, Shanghai has introduced an version for girls. Like its predecessor, Little Boys, the new book, Pretty Girls, was published by Shanghai Educational Publishing House. As the first textbook designed for primary school girls in grades 4 and 5 in China, it aims to inform children about gender identity and self-protection, according to Zhang Zhijun, the editor at the publishing house who has seen the two books through to completion   Read More ...
Young girls get their own textbook
2017-09-29 04:01:02 Following the publication of a gender-based textbook for primary school boys last year, Shanghai has introduced an version for girls. Like its predecessor, Little Boys, the new book, Pretty Girls, was published by Shanghai Educational Publishing House. As the first textbook designed for primary school girls in grades 4 and 5 in China, it aims to inform children about gender identity and self-protection, according to Zhang Zhijun, the editor at the publishing house who has seen the two books through to completion   Read More ...
Classic China novel now in Bahasa Malaysia - Nation
2017-09-29 02:02:51 KUALA LUMPUR: The Dream of the Red Chamber, one of the four great classical novels of Chinese literature, is now available in Bahasa Malaysia. Known as Mimpi Di Mahligai Merah, the six-volume hardbound set was revealed to guests at a launch in Dewan Bahasa and Pustaka yesterday. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, in a speech read out by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, said it was part of efforts to strengthen the long-standing literary and cultural relations between the Malay and Chinese civilisations   Read More ...
Shanghai primary schools get textbook just for girls
2017-09-28 06:04:53 Primary schools in Shanghai have started using a text book specifically targeted at girls, Xinmin Evening News reports. The publishers say the book is designed to guide from the girl's point of view and in the past many textbooks had a "preaching" tone towards young female readers. With a total of six chapters, the textbook covers a wide range of basic knowledge with chapter headings such as "I'm a girl"," The pursuit of beauty", "Protect yourself", " Interpersonal wealth" as well as "Angel of love and Embrace the future"   Read More ...
Shanghai primary schools get textbook just for girls
2017-09-28 04:01:01 Primary schools in Shanghai have started using a text book specifically targeted at girls, Xinmin Evening News reports. "Little Girl", published by the Shanghai Educational Publishing House, is aimed at girls aged around ten years old. The publishers say the book is designed to guide from the girl's point of view. In the past it was felt many textbooks had a "preaching" tone towards young female readers   Read More ...
Science fiction becomes fact as autonomous cars hit the roads
2017-09-25 05:30:33 A road test conducted by Ford to find out what signals work best between autonomous cars and pedestrians. (Photo provided to China Daily) Autonomous cars are gradually driving out of science-fiction books into reality-as auto part suppliers, automakers and dotcom companies come up with continuously updated solutions. Continental AG is working on a highly automated driving function called Cruising Chauffeur. Ready for production in 2020, the function gives vehicles the ability to take over the driving task on highways in accordance with traffic regulations, and the system will alert the driver to take over driving again at the end of the stretch of highway   Read More ...
Reading books is just one small part of what this library will offer
2017-09-25 03:30:10 What will libraries of the future be like? People-oriented, environmentally friendly, interconnected, inclusive, intelligent and innovative ― and the east branch of Shanghai Library aims to show how. Construction of the east branch is scheduled to start on Wednesday in the Pudong New Area, marking a milestone in the city's efforts in building itself into an international cultural metropolis. Shanghai Library's east branch will sit between Shanghai Science and Technology Museum and Century Park   Read More ...
Sharing economy inspires libraries and readers in south China
2017-09-18 05:00:47 Avid readers in south China's Hainan Province have found a new way to read more books without any extra expenditure, thanks to the booming sharing economy. Inspired by the sharing model, several libraries have launched "sharing bookcases", encouraging readers to exchange their books with others. There are now nine such bookcases near Hainan Library, which are open to the public 24 hours a day   Read More ...
More book exports sought, translators needed
2017-09-14 04:04:59 China will export more publications to other countries, both in print and digital formats, to further expand its visibility, officials said on Wednesday. And it could do with more translators. According to figures released at the 13th Chinese Books Overseas Promotion Project conference in Shanghai, China sold more than 50,000 publication copyrights from 2012 to 2016. Wu Shangzhi, deputy head of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and TV, said at Wednesday's meeting that China's copyright exports for books grew by 30 percent over that same period   Read More ...
More book exports sought, translators needed
2017-09-14 04:03:19 China will export more publications to other countries, both in print and digital formats, to further expand its visibility, officials said on Wednesday. And it could do with more translators. According to figures released at the 13th Chinese Books Overseas Promotion Project conference in Shanghai, China sold more than 50,000 publication copyrights from 2012 to 2016. Wu Shangzhi, deputy head of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and TV, said at Wednesday's meeting that China's copyright exports for books grew by 30 percent over that same period   Read More ...
First International Language & Culture Expo opens in Beijing
2017-09-12 10:03:37 The first China Beijing International Language and Culture Expo opened at the China International Expo Center in Beijing on Monday. The event aims to further meet the demand for Chinese language learning and teaching in Chinese-speaking countries and regions in the world and promote Chinese culture and its exchanges with others. Exhibitions, creative activities, forum discussions, and product promotions all can be seen at the first Beijing Expo   Read More ...
John Woo's action thriller comes to Venice film festival
2017-09-08 04:31:02 Manhunt, Hong Kong filmmaker John Woo's latest action thriller, is heading for the 74th Venice International Film Festival for its worldwide premier. Adapted from Japanese novel Kimi yo Funnu no Kawa o Watare (also known as Manhunt or Dangerous Chase) by Juko Nishimura, Manhunt recounts the story of a lawyer who goes on the run after he becomes the main suspect in a series of murders   Read More ...
French magazine fined for publishing Kate Middleton's topless photos
2017-09-06 04:31:07 A French court on Tuesday ordered a magazine to pay 100,000 euros (119,370 U.S. dollars) in damages to Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William of Britain, for publishing photos showing her bare breasts in 2012. In addition, the editorial director and an editor of the celebrity gossip magazine Closer were each handed down a maximum fine of 45,000 euros (53,716.5 U   Read More ...
Study: Home literacy activities build more than reading, writing abilities
2017-09-05 05:30:36 A new study shows that home literacy activities help children build long-term study and executive function skills, thus providing them with tools for lifetime success. To collect a range of ages and school experiences, the study followed two groups of students in public elementary schools near the University of Washington (UW) campus: one cohort from first to fifth grade, the other from third to seventh grade   Read More ...
Sharing economy offers new chapter for bookstores
2017-09-01 04:00:48 On a sizzling hot summer morning, a story in China Daily caught my eye. It said that Hefei, capital of Anhui province, now has the world's first shared bookstore, which allows readers to borrow new books if they pay a 99 yuan ($14.99) deposit. I admit before I read the news, I was a bit fed up with the concept of shared things   Read More ...
Old-fashioned bookstore attracts readers with new design
2017-08-30 16:07:50 Xinhua Bookstore in Baoding of North China's Hebei province, a State-owned brand for selling books, has attracted more readers since it was given a new look with interior design and decorations last year. The bookstore, now known as "Fresh Air Books Bar", changed its conservative image which only had bookshelves into one that boasts various elements, including cozy and quiet areas for reading, coffee and tea, as well as green plants   Read More ...
Indian publisher wants to build better neighborhood ties through books
2017-08-30 06:02:53 A Chinese tea leaf travels past the border to India to serve as a bind between tea lovers and peoples of Asia's two largest neighbors. The Land of Tea, or Rui Cao Zhi Guo, by Chinese writer Wang Xuefeng saw its Bengali version launched by Seamark Publishing House of India during the Beijing International Book Fair on Thursday and the Hindi translation is nearing completion   Read More ...
China to adopt new textbooks emphasizing sovereignty education
2017-08-30 05:02:07 A new series of textbooks will be adopted in China's elementary and middle schools in September, with an emphasis on fostering children's awareness of national sovereignty. The textbooks, which have been compiled and supervised by over 900 experts since 2012, cover three subjects, including Chinese language, history, and moral and legal education. The books focus on educating children about sovereignty and maritime issues, and will be adopted by schools nationwide starting from Sept   Read More ...
Chinese publications attract overseas publishers
2017-08-27 06:01:08 Chinese publications have drawn much attention from overseas publishers during the ongoing Beijing International Book Fair, with many rights deals already being signed. The Beijing International Book Fair is now in its 24th year. More than 2,500 exhibitors from 89 countries and regions are taking part in the fair, with overseas exhibitors accounting for 58 percent. Around 40,000 books from over 300 major Chinese publishers are on display for overseas publishers and libraries   Read More ...
Chinese publications attract overseas publishers
2017-08-27 03:30:21 Chinese publications have drawn much attention from overseas publishers during the ongoing Beijing International Book Fair, with many rights deals already being signed. The Beijing International Book Fair is now in its 24th year. More than 2,500 exhibitors from 89 countries and regions are taking part in the fair, with overseas exhibitors accounting for 58 percent. Around 40,000 books from over 300 major Chinese publishers are on display for overseas publishers and libraries   Read More ...
English edition of Chinese writer Jia Pingwa's 'Happy Dreams' unveiled at BIBF
2017-08-25 04:30:43 U.S. e-commerce giant Amazon announced Wednesday at the on-going Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) that it will begin selling the English edition of renowned Chinese writer Jia Pingwa's Happy Dreams on its 14 platforms around the globe starting on October 1. A member of the Chinese Culture Translation and Studies Support Network (CCTSS), Amazon said at the ceremony that the book's print and digital versions would be made available for pre-order later that day to readers in 183 countries and regions around the world   Read More ...
Senior leader calls for Chinese publications to have greater int'l influence
2017-08-25 04:00:37 Liu Yunshan, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, visits the 24th Beijing International Book Fair, in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 24, 2017. (Xinhua/Ding Lin) Senior Chinese official Liu Yunshan Thursday asked publishers to have confidence in Chinese culture and promote the country to become a strong power in publication industry   Read More ...
Think tank explains China through publishing cooperation
2017-08-24 05:30:23 China should strengthen cooperation with other countries in the fields of philosophy and social sciences, Cai Fang, vice president of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) said Wednesday. Cai made the remark at a book launch during the 24th Beijing International Book Fair, which is scheduled for Aug. 23 to 27. Attended by officials and academics from China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television and the CASS, the event exhibited some of the books published by China Social Sciences Press (CSSP) in cooperation with overseas publishing houses   Read More ...