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Hanban’s Initiatives on Promoting Chinese Literature Overseas

At a recent forum at Beijing Normal University (BNU), Ma Jianfei, Deputy Director of the National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (Hanban), elaborated on China’s efforts to promote its literature around the world. Since 2006, BNU, jointly with the U.S. magazine World Literature Today and the Confucius Institute at the University of Oklahoma, has compiled a special issue of Chinese Literature Today, launched the Chinese version of World Literature Today, and held international forums on “World Literature Today and China.” In January 2010, the Center for Promoting Chinese Literature Overseas was newly established at the School of Chinese Language and Literature at BNU. 

Ma told the forum that the “Promoting Chinese Literature Overseas” project was fully funded by Hanban. It includes publishing an English magazine, Chinese Literature Today, in the U.S. (The first issue was published in 2010 with global distribution). Within three years it will translate and publish 10 books. The project also includes regular and intermittent forums on “Promoting Chinese Literature Overseas.”

Source: China Review News, April 29, 2011