THE Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS) hosted “The 2015 International Conference on the Study and Dissemination of Malaysian Chinese Literature: With Special Focus on the Sirius Poetical Society and Modernism” recently.
Held at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman Perak, the conference was a joint collaboration with the Federation of Alumni Associations of Taiwan Universities, Malaysia (FAATUM) and the Alumni Association of the Department of Chinese Studies of Universiti Malaya (PEJATI).
The conference saw more than 50 local and foreign participants, with some from countries such as Singapore, China, Taiwan and Japan.
The delegates were FAATUM executive officer Lee Cheng Soon, PEJATI president Datuk Ng Tong Hai and Persatuan Bekas Penuntut-Penuntut Taiwan, Kampar representative Phan Yau Yin.
The conference began with organising chairman Dr Chou Wen Loong delivering his welcome remarks. He said this conference is different as they usually discussed big topics, whereas today they were specially focused on the “Sirius Poetical Society” to discuss and probe its status in Malaysian Chinese Literature.
ICS Dean Assoc Prof Dr Chong Siou Wei said the conference was a feast for Malaysian Chinese Literature circles and well attended by researchers. “Research in Malaysian Chinese Literature is increasing locally as well as overseas in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the United States and Australia.
“ICS fully supports research or activities on Malaysian Chinese Literature as it is one of our prominent courses,” he said.
The keynote speakers were Chair Professor and Senior Vice President of Southern University Prof Wong Yoon Wah and President of the Sirius Poetry Society Woon Swee Tin.
UTAR ICS speakers for the conference included Dr Lee Soo Chee and Dr Chou.
Pioneer members from the Sirius Poetry Society Lee Chong Shun, Teoh Chiaw Lin and Tan Chong Meng were also invited by the organisers to join the roundtable discussion session.
They shared their fond memories of the Sirius Poetry Society and how the society enlightened and motivated them in their poetry writing during their youth.
The conference came to an end with ICS lecturer Assoc Prof Dr Khor Boon Eng delivering the closing remarks.
Dr Khor said the proposals delivered by the speakers during the conference spurred the dissemination of Malaysian Chinese Literature and inspire the audience.
He also summarised all the 14 proposals delivered by the speakers and gave a general assessment of them.
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