West Meets East : ‘The Wealth of Nations’ Review by Professor Pei-Kai Cheng

東西薈萃 : 鄭培凱教授談《斯密亞丹—原富》(愛丁堡大學,主圖書館)

Research output: Creative and Literary Works in Non-textual Form (RGC: 42, 43, 44, 46, 47)43_Film, video

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Author(s)

  • Steve CHING (Producer)
  • Dan LAI (Photographer)
  • Pei-Kai Cheng (Presenter)

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherCity University of Hong Kong
Media of outputFilm
Size4:56 min.
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2019

Abstract

West Meets East: ‘The Wealth of Nations’ Review by Professor Pei-Kai Cheng
Date: 4 September 2019
Location: Adam Smith’s Library, University of Edinburgh
In July 2005, Run Run Shaw Library was grateful to receive a donation from Dr. T L Sun, Former Council Member of City University of Hong Kong. Among the 386 titles and over 1,600 volumes of classics, history, poetry and other literary works, Adam Smith’s ‘The Wealth of Nations’ book (1901) was one of the literatures given to City University of Hong Kong’s library. ‘The Wealth of Nations’ Chinese edition was translated by Mr. Yan Fu, a Chinese scholar and translator most famous for introducing western ideas such as Charles Darwin’s ‘natural selection’ theory.
Poet, calligrapher and scholar Professor Pei-Kai Cheng (Chairman, Hong Kong SAR Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee) visited the University of Edinburgh’s Main University Library to introduce Adam Smith’s ‘The Wealth of Nations’ book that had been translated into Chinese. Professor Cheng emphasises the significance of Adam Smith’s literature in today’s world and its influence into Asia. The translated classic is an example of how Western literature has integrated into Hong Kong’s academic sectors which will connect the economic understandings of the West to the East. Still preserved at City University of Hong Kong’s Run Run Shaw Library, students and staff are able to experience the original works of Adam Smith, setting an example of knowledge transfer from the 18th century.
During the visit to the University of Edinburgh, Professor Cheng (on behalf of Jigu Institute) hosted the ‘Calligraphy Workshop II’ with university’s School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC). Live calligraphy demonstrations from Professor Chung-in Lee (Seoul National University) introduced students and staff from the University of Edinburgh to Chinese calligraphy and also Ancient Classics of Asia which hold the philosophical, historical and cultural knowledge reflected upon today’s world. Professor Cheng gave a live demonstration himself on Kun Qu Opera, one of the oldest extant forms of Chinese opera dominating Chinese theatre from the 16th to the 18th centuries. This cross-cultural exchange of both Western literature and Eastern art was able to enhance mutual understanding between different civilizations of the 21st century.

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West Meets East : ‘The Wealth of Nations’ Review by Professor Pei-Kai Cheng. CHING, Steve (Producer); LAI, Dan (Photographer); Cheng, Pei-Kai (Presenter). 2019. Hong Kong : City University of Hong Kong.

Research output: Creative and Literary Works in Non-textual Form (RGC: 42, 43, 44, 46, 47)43_Film, video