Xi Jinping Tells Stories for Teenagers Debuts in Bologna Children’s Book Fair (BCBF)

[Source]????Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna, Italy?[Time]????2019-04-17 13:20:26?
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On April 2nd, local time, the Italian version of Xi Jinping Tells Stories for Teenagers was initially released at the 56th edition of Bologna Children’s Book Fair (BCBF), which started its first step towards the world. “When you are reading Xi Jinping Tells Stories for Teenagers, you would be impressed by the great and sincere expectations of a state leader and a senior to the teenagers.” Zhang Hong, Deputy Consul-General at the Chinese Consulate-General in Milano, said on the launching ceremony of the Italian version of Xi Jinping Tells Stories for Teenagers.


Zhang Hong giving a speech

In the afternoon, the Chinese booths on the 56th edition of Bologna Children’s Book Fair were fully-packed. Sponsored by China Children’s Press & Publication Group (CCPPG) and Bononia University Press and organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna, “Dialogue & Growth—Forum of Xi Jinping Tells Stories for Teenagers” was held.

The Italian version of Xi Jinping Tells Stories for Teenagers was released at Bologna Children’s Book Fair, which won the attention of the publishers from Italy and all around the world.

Antonio Fiori, President Delegate from University of Bologna, Italy, pointed out that we are now in an important era where there is a more frequent communication in politics, economy, and culture among various countries. After President Xi Jinping’s visit to Italy, the bilateral relationship between Italy and China has entered a new development stage. Fiori also hoped that Xi Jinping Tells Stories for Teenagers can help the Italian teenagers get a better understanding of China, so as to communicate and cooperate with China better in the future.


Antonio Fiori giving a speech

In the processes of translating and publishing the Italian version of Xi Jinping Tells Stories for Teenagers, the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna served as a bridge of communication. The Institute helped to contact the Bononia University Press and find excellent translators, which finally promoted the book to be released in Italy. During this period, the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna also directly applied the Chinese version of Xi Jinping Tells Stories for Teenagers into the Chinese teaching and promotion, which further expands the spreading and influence of the book in teenagers in Italy.

In the forum, students of the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna shared their experience of reading the Italian version of the book in brief by videos. They all think this book is very interesting, meaningful, and valuable. Among which, Chiara, a senior high school girl from Italy, said that, “The chapter that impresses me is the one describing the great love of the teachers in the world in the Xi Jinping Tells Stories for Teenagers because teachers play a decisive role in students’ personal development and they can convey information that is fundamental and vital.”


Students sharing their experience of reading the book

Xu Ying, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna, said that students think the stories in Xi Jinping Tells Stories for Teenagers are very down-to-earth and vivid. Meanwhile, in this book, students can not only learn China in the past, but also China at present.

At the end of the forum, China Children’s Press & Publication Group (CCPPG) and Bononia University Press gave the Chinese version and Italian version of Xi Jinping Tells Stories for Teenagers to the Bologna Kinder Haus and Kinder College. Federica Marianti, Principal of the Bologna Kinder Haus and Kinder College stated that, “This meaningful book is with sincere feelings. I would enthusiastically recommend this book to my students. I believe the book would enhance students’ understanding of different cultures and let them learn how to show respect to civilizations of other countries.”


Federica Marianti receiving the gifts

This is the second cooperation between the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna and the China Children’s Press & Publication Group (CCPPG) and Bononia University Press. During the 55th edition of Bologna Children’s Book Fair last year, with the contact and bridging of the Institute, the two publishers cooperated to publish the Italian version of Let’s Read about Karl Marx and Let’s Read about Mao Zedong.

“This kind of cooperation shows that the Confucius Institute can work as an international communication platform and we will further strengthen the Institute’s platform role so as to promote the communication and interconnection between the Chinese culture and the Italian culture,” Xu Ying said.

This is the fifth year of the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna participating the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. During the Fair, Chinese booths that are filled with Chinese elements have attracted various visitors and the highly-visualized children’s pictures books and the Chinese textbooks targeting children readers have attracted wide attention.


Local readers reading the books

As the most influential and authoritative children book fair in the world, the 56edition of Bologna Children’s Book Fair of 2019 has attracted 1442 exhibitors from over 80 countries. The Hans Christian Andersen Award, the most important prize in the children’s book industry, would also be presented during the Fair.

Story and photos by Lin Guangyao

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