To celebrate the first anniversary of the opening of the Confucius Institute for Scotland in its Abden House HQ, a celebration took place at which the latest edition of the Edinburgh Review, focused on China, was launched.
Director of the Institute, Professor Natascha Gentz, welcomed everyone with a brief speech and overview of the year passed. The assembled guests then enjoyed short extracts from the Edinburgh Review with the highlight being reading of `The Song of Yuyang` by Wen Yiduo translated by Tommy McClellan. The reading was given in English and Chinese by the translator and his colleague Chen Jie reading in Chinese.
Encouraged by the quote in the Director`s speech from the poem `Bringing the wine’ by Li Bai, arguably the most famous poet in China from the Tang Dynasty,
- `Sober men of olden days and sages are forgotten,
And only the great drinkers are famous for all time”
the assembled guests then enjoyed a meet and mingle session over a supper reception..
Copies of this edition of the Edinburgh Review can be purchased from the Institute at a special offer price of only £5.00. Normal price £5.95