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Roundup: Canada China Tibetan Culture Week’s lasting impact
    Date:11-13-2014 Source:China Tibet Online Author:Drolma Li    

Nov.13,2014--The Canadian people got the chance to take a closer look at Tibet's development and its traditional culture during the 2014 China Tibetan Culture Week in Canada, from Nov. 2 to 15.

The culture week, the second of its kind held in Canada, featured singing and dancing performances, thangka and photography exhibitions, movie screenings,and Tibet-themed book exhibitions. It attracted thousands of Canadians in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa. The event was also highlighted by a series of seminars and discussions between Chinese Tibetologists and their Canadian counterparts.

The head of the cultural delegation,Lu Guangjin and official from the State Council Information Office, said the activities showcased an open, harmonious, and progressive Tibet.

Dorje Tsedrub, vice chairman of the people's government of the Tibet Autonomous Region, said that this cultural event is constructive in enhancing Canadians' understanding of the distinctive Tibet. He also pointed out that the Cultural Week could strengthen the friendship between China and Canada by lasting initiatives to better understand each other.

"The show was so fantastic that I have just decided to make a trip to Tibet next year," said a female dancer in Vancouver, after a singing and dancing performance was staged at a local theater.

"I am very fascinated by the culture of Tibet and history and Thangka painting, the dance and I think what's very interesting is that the history of communications between nations when nations are first getting to know each other, the first communications are always being culture," said Global Business Network Consultant Michael Harding.

Seminars and discussions between Chinese Tibetologists and local academic elite were also fruitful, and the in-depth discussions touched upon an extensive range of topics. According to both sides of the discussions the academic exchange was helpful in fostering common subjects and promoting bilateral academic cooperation.

Faculty in the Toronto University said after a seminar between and Tibetologists, that they were given an in-depth view of the classics of Tibetan Buddhism and medicine, and the two sides discussed issues such as the digitalization of Tibetan books and academic exchanges.

The cultural exchanges also promoted the bilateral ties between China and Canada. Through the culture week, people from all walks of life in Canada were welcomed to come to Tibet and experience the wonder and beauty of Tibet.

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