Press release

The Second Edition of Canada China International Film Festival Academic Seminar — “Multi-perspective China Canada Cultural Exchange”

October 20, 2017

On September 26th 2017, Canada China International Film Festival (CCIFF) successfully held the Academic Seminar– “Multi-perspective China Canada Cultural Exchange” at EV2.184 , Concordia.

During today’s academic seminar, Mr. Sishe Hu, Vice President of Chinese People’s Association of CPAFFC, Mr. Junjie Teng, Chief Editor of Shanghai Media Group, Prof. Robert Reid, Concordia University, Prof. Bill Wang, East Asian Studies, McGill University, Canada, Canada,  Prof. David Rolston, University of Michigan, USA, Prof. Tao Tao, Prof. John Calvert, Chair of Department of History, Creighton University, USA, Nanxin Fu, Ph D Candidate in History, Quebec-China Studies Center, Laval University, Canada, Ms. Macy Zheng, East Asian Librarian, McGill University, Canada, Ms. Michelle Tisseyre, Canadian novelist and award-winning literary translator, Montreal, Canada, Prof. Shaohui Bai, University de Montreal, Canada, Mr. Yiwei Xue, famous Chinese Canadian novelist, Prof. Feixue Li, Communication University of China, Beijing, China were in attendance.

Prof. Robert Reid, Concordia University as the host for today’s academic seminar delivered a speech about the impressionism and realism of Beijing Opera and movies; besides, he also shows his passion in Beijing Opera. Therefore, Mr. Sishe Hu, Mr. Junjie Teng,  Prof. David Rolston, and Prof. Tao Tao also discussed about it in-depth.

Mr. Teng mentioned that Beijing Opera as an impressionism and movies as a realism could actually conncet to each other in an art context. His principle is “Creating films based on Beijing Opera”. In other words, the essence of the opera film is still Peking opera, but shown in terms of movies. At the same time, we should also make sure that Peking opera can be accepted by the aesthetics on the film stage.

Mr. Sishe Hu says that from a cultural perspective that since the expenses of film market has a conflict with the lack of content, we still need to put a lot of effort to it. For example, how could we keep the traditional value while meet the needs of the modern audience. Furthermore, how to make the mainstream western audience accept our traditional culture is also what we need to explore. He really hopes that each individual could become a bridge between China and foreign countries.

Therefore, how to be a bridge between Chinese cultrues and foreign cultrues, prof. Renzhong Wang pointed the symbolism and social interpretation of the real historical person Norman Bethune and the contemporary Chinese celebrity known as Dashan in China. He believes that when examining exchanges and relations between two countries and people, we shall not ignore the important roles and contributions that ordinary people – individuals have made, as this perspective not only complement what official history offers about    intercultural exchanges and relations, but also provide a more humane perspective to our understanding of intercultural relations.

Prof. Shaohui Bai gave a lecture entitled “The Chinese Feelings of a University of Montréal University,” which outlines the Sinology of Professor Charles Le Blanc, a Sinologist at Montana East Asia Research Center and talked about Bai Guanghua’s contributions to the communication of Sinology and the cultural exchange between China and Canada.

Mr. Yiwei Xue talked about the motivation and inspiration of his own work about Bethune from the perspective of human nature.

Michelle Tisseyre mentioned that Paul Lin as a teacher and progressive model, who helped shape the world he lived in and build a better future for all of us, by promoting understanding between Canadians and all a quintessential Canadian.

John Calvert from a macro point of view briefly reviewed the historical process of the Sino-Canadian exchanges, revealing the relationship between the two countries.


Macy Zheng told the story of Arthur Currie who is the fifth president of McGill University to let people see a visionary individual, an education leader who promoted a mutual understanding between China and Canada.

Nanxin Fu mentioned that when we talk about Sino-Canadian relations, the first person who comes to mind is Dr. Norman Bethune. But in fact before his arrival in China, there had already been a group of Canadians who had lived there longer than Bethune and who were recorded to be in greater numbers than the Canadian-American medical team during the Sino-Japanese war.

The Academic Seminar is an important event of  Canada China International Film Festival. Film Festival is not only limited to the film field, but also in a broader cultural areas to build a platform for communication so that more scholars and researchers have the opportunity to do a cross-border exploration. In today’s Academic Seminar, scholars  not only discussed about Beijing Opera and Films of impressionism and realism, also talked about the China Canada Exchange from a multi-perspective to promote cultural interaction between China and Canada.