Scenes from the Africa-China cultural exchange conference at Shantou University, China

As part of the “Cultural Exchange and Engagement in Africa-China Relationships: Defining Possibilities, Realizing Opportunities” conference at Shantou University, representatives from African Writers Trust met with members of the Shantou Writers Association, in Shantou, China, to hold a poetry workshop and discuss creative writing. This event was hosted by the Global Digital Humanities platform at Shantou University.

To our knowledge — that of Shantou University and of African Writers Trust — this is the first time that representatives from an African cultural group met in southern China with representatives from a Chinese cultural group.  (In fact, it could be the first time in all of mainland China!  The exchanges in Northern China are typically about economics, agriculture, security, and the like).

More pics to come.  (Images below courtesy of either TJH or Jackee B. Batanda).

"Vera," our J-school volunteer, and Goretti. Vera has just bought a signed copy of Goretti's new book.

Mengqing, our J-school volunteer, and Goretti. Mengqing has just bought a signed copy of Goretti’s new book.

Chopstick lessons for Jackee B Batanda by Prof. Steve Leahy, Center for Global Studies, STU.

Chopstick lessons for Jackee B Batanda by Prof. Steve Leahy, Center for Global Studies, STU.

Goretti and SWA novelist

A fellow writer from the Shantou Writers Association who already knows Goretti’s work and has read “Waiting: A Novel of Uganda’s Hidden War.”

Wuming Zhao, Director for the Center for Global Studies; Goretti; STU student translator; Mildred

Wuming Zhao, Director for the Center for Global Studies @ STU; Goretti; STU student translator; Mildred.

Joey and Jackee B Batanda.

Chopstick lessons successful! Joey and Jackee B Batanda.

Goretti, Lisa, and Mildred

Goretti, Lisa, and Mildred

The poetry workshop translation team -- what does that mean?

The poetry workshop translation team — hard at work!

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