CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College and the University of Illinois have teamed up to organize a forum about diversity in contemporary China.
The forum, called, "What China isn't: a discussion of diversity in an outwardly-perceived homogenous country," will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday in Room D244 of Building D at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.
The forum is sponsored by Parkland and the UI's Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies. The event will begin with short presentations by Chinese faculty who are at the UI this year as part of the Freeman Fellows Program. The program, launched in 1996, hosts faculty from China at the UI. For their 10 months in Champaign-Urbana, the fellows conduct research in their respective fields and work on programs that aim to increase understanding between Chinese and Americans. The fellows will discuss topics ranging from the culture of Tujia, an ethnic minority group in China, to Chinese cuisine.
The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Lawson Lau, a Chinese studies professor at Parkland.
The event is free, but registration is required. To register, visit http://go.illinois.edu/registerforchina.