On 25 May 2023, Prof. Zhu Shoutong, Director of Centre for Chinese History and Culture of the University of Macau, Prof. Liu Jun of Nanjing University, Prof. Cheng Guojun of Shaanxi Normal University, Ms. Mona, President of the Association of European and Chinese New Literatures, Ms. Chen Ruilin, a writer and critic living in the United States, and Prof. Gao Yexing of Xi’an Technical University visited the International Institute of Asian Studies of Leiden University in Leiden, the Netherlands.
Martina van den Haak, Director of the Institute of International Asian Studies, warmly welcomed the visitors. She introduced the history of the Institute, its main functions and the academic journals, newspapers and books it publishes. She said that the International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS) is the leading institute for Asian studies in the Netherlands which aims to promote the research and teaching for Asia in the fields of humanities and social sciences. The Institute regularly organizes academic conferences and exchange activities across disciplines and regions to help people understand Asia more comprehensively and to re-examine ‘Asian Studies’ in the context of globalization. Prof. Zhu Shoutong of the University of Macau thanked Martina for her introduction and explained the purpose of the visit. The two sides then exchanged views and discussed the various subject areas of Asian Studies, especially the themes, perspectives and research approaches of Chinese literature research, as well as the possibilities of future research collaboration. Both sides have expressed their desire for further in-depth collaborative research.
After the conference, Ms. Martina took the visitors on a guided tour of the Institute’s branches and offices, introduced the research staff and presented them with The Newsletter, the main academic publication of IIAS. After a group photo, the visit was successfully concluded.