Monthly Archives: February 2008

Lantern Festival Launches CNIS

First Minister opens 2008 programme.

Strengthening our links with China in education, commerce, culture and science will help create the Celtic Lion economy we aspire to, First Minister Alex Salmond said today.

The First Minister was speaking at the launch of China Now In Scotland (CNIS), the largest festival ever in Scotland to be devoted to China.

The First Minister was joined at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) by a number of dignitaries from both countries to open Spirit, the Chinese Spring Lantern Festival – the first of more than 100 events being co-ordinated by the Confucius Institute for Scotland as part of China Now in Scotland.

Mr Salmond said:

“Tonight`s event marks not just the end of the Chinese New Year but the start of a year long programme of events celebrating Scotland`s links with China”.

“My government places real value on our growing partnership with China. Building trade links internationally is vital to our future economic success, and China is clearly a key market for Scotland. We are fortunate to already have strong links with China. You only have to look at the number of Scottish businesses, universities, and school children working together and learning to see the mutual benefits of this partnership”.

“China Now In Scotland provides a real opportunity to celebrate our friendship and economic opportunities with China. The Botanics` Lantern Festival is a spectacular start to what I am in no doubt will be a year-long success of events, promoting this bond, across Scotland.”

Special Guest Lecture – February 2008

Prof Lauren Pfister, Hong Kong Baptist University 18 February.

The Confucius Institute will play host to a special lecture from Professor Lauren Pfister, Professor of Religion and Philosophy/Humanities at the Hong Kong Baptist University.

On Monday 18 Feb at 6.30pm he will deliver a lecture “How Two 19th Century Scottish Sinological Stars Used Scottish Realism and Evangelical Theology to Undergird their Study of China: A Hidden Philosophical and Religious Legacy in the Works of James Legge(1815-1897) and John Chalmers (1825-1899)”.

Professor Pfister specializes in the philosophical and religious study of Ruism (“Confucianism”) and Daoism in Chinese settings. His work focuses particularly on Ruist-Christian dialogue in European and Chinese languages. Previously published works include studies on Daoist-Christian interactions and dialogue; the special role of missionary-scholars in Chinese, European, and North American contexts especially among Protestant communities from 1850 to the post-World War II period.

The public in invited to the Confucius Institute for Scotland at 6.00pm for 6.30pm when the lecture will begin.