Famous Chinese contemporary children’s literature author and winner of the 2016 Hans Christian Andersen award, Wenxuan Cao, visited Confucius Institute in August.
The children’s writer was in Auckland for the 35th International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) International Congress, where he spoke amongst other well known authors, such as Joy Cowley and Witi Ihimaera. The event was held between August 18 and 20.
On August 19, Wenxuan Cao, along with Zhang Xiaonan, chief editor of China Children’s Press and Publication Group, and Zhang Mingzhou, director of International Cooperation Department and acting head of the Committee of IBBY were welcomed into Confucius Institute by University of Auckland Deputy Vice-Chancellor Jenny Dixon, Confucius Institute Director Nora Yao and Deputy Director Peter Sun.
Wenxuan Cao’s speech for the congress was titlted “Aesthetics as a Literary Dimension”. He discussed his view on aesthetics, literacy, sentiment and emphasized that “Aesthetics is one of the basic functions of literacy”.