On the evening of February 17, 2011, Professor Yuan gave a presentation at Barnes & Noble as part of WKU Libraries’ “Far Away Places” international talk series. He talked about the changes taking place in China over the history, particularly after it opened it up and went through the economic reform in the late 1970′s. He looked at China through the window of Tianjin, a large city he knows best because he grew up there and has frequented it almost every year since 2000.
Library Public Services Professor Haiwang Yuan will speak on “China’s Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: A Look At A City Called Tianjin” in this week’s Far Away Places Series, this Thursday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Barnes & Noble. Yuan grew up in Tianjin and attended Nankai University there before emigrating to the United States in1988. He’s the author of The Magic Lotus Lantern and Tales From the Han Chinese published by Libraries Unlimited in 2006 and Princess Peacock: Tales From the Other Peoples of China published by Libraries Unlimited in 2008. In 2010 he edited This is China for Berkshire Press. He recently led a 2011 WKU winter term class on a tour of China from Hong Kong to Beijing.
Yuan, who has made annual trips to China over the past decade, will discuss the past, present, and future of Tianjin, a city of 10.43 million people, which is one of the leading economic centers of North China, boasts its largest man-made port, is a major cruise port terminal, and was a host city for the recent Olympics in China.