Library hosts talk about Chinese humour
Professor Christopher Rea will give a talk on “The World of Play: Chinese Humour in the Early Twentieth Century” on March 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Learning Place at the Brighouse branch of Richmond Public Library.
“Professor Rea has done extensive research in Chinese humour. He found that the period around the Revolution of 1911 was a very playful time. Books and magazines were full of jokes and funny stories. Many people, including writers and comedians, focused their efforts on humor. However, the term “youmo” (humor) did not exist until 1924 when Lin Yutang first used it,” says Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese language services.
Rea is an assistant professor in the Asian Studies Department of UBC. His areas of specialization are modern Chinese literature and drama since the late 19th century; print culture in late Qing and the Republican era; theories and culture of comedy and laughter; cinema, cartoons, and visual culture; translation.
To register for this program (#206), call 604-231-6413, register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library. This program is in English.