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(News) The Chinese Cultural view of the Early Portuguese

Publication date: 09-04-2019 11:52

On the afternoon of November 29th, the Confucius Institute of University of Coimbra held a special lecture named "The Chinese Cultural view of the Early Portuguese", which was given by Associate Professor Zhang Minfen of Shanghai International Studies University. Joaquim Ramos Carvalho, Vice-Rector of Foreign Affairs of University of Coimbra, attended the lecture. The lecture was hosted by Cristina ZHOU, the executive director of the Confucius Institute.

Lecture 1

Professor Zhang Minfen talked about the first contact between the Portuguese and the Chinese. In the order of time, she talked about the experiences of Portuguese businessmen, diplomatic ambassadors, missionaries, scholars and other groups in China, as well as their understanding and evaluation of China. Professor Zhang believes that although in the early contacts, the Portuguese had many misunderstandings and prejudices against China, they described China's geography, politics, economy, education, beliefs and other aspects from their perspectives, making the Portuguese had an understanding of China from all aspects at that time.

Lecture 2
2019 is the 40th anniversary of reform and opening up and the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Portugal. This lecture is one of the series of activities of the Confucius Institute around the “Belt and Road”. Looking back at history and studying the “Chinese image” and Sino-Portuguese relations in the eyes of the early Portuguese, it will help us to understand Portuguese and Europeans more fully. The Chinese cultural outlook also helps deepen and promote Sino-Portuguese cooperation. After the event, Professor Zhang Minfen also presented the new work "Portuguese English and Chinese Graphic Dictionary" to the Confucius Institute, wishing the Confucius Institute to do better and better. The participating students expressed their gratitude to Professor Zhang for her in-depth and simple lectures, and she hoped that the Confucius Institute would hold more lectures like this.