Local time on July 30th, the 2012 Nobel Prize winner and famous writer Mo Yan was awarded the honorary doctorate at the Catholic University of Peru and visited the Confucius Institute at the University. Chinese and foreign directors of the Confucius Institute, Huang Hao and Ruben Tang, and José León Herrera, director of the Oriental Studies Center, and Ricardo Sumalavia Chávez, the deputy director accompanied the visit. All teachers of the Confucius Institute, secretarial executives, and representatives of Confucius students in love with Chinese literature participated in the exchange activities at the Institute.
At the awarding ceremony, Mo Yan delivered a warm speech. He said that although China and Peru are far away, literature helps to promote the understanding of the lifestyle, the thoughts and feelings of the Peruvian people, and the history and reality of this country. Like China, Peru has a profound historical tradition, rich cultural heritage, and colorful real life. Later, Professor Mo Yan and his entourage came to the Confucius Institute and visited the Confucius Institute classroom, the Confucius Library, and the Multimedia Voice Lab.
A large part of the collections of the Confucius Library is a gift from the “Window of Shanghai” of the Shanghai Library. These books have opened up a window for local teachers and students to understand China and Chinese literature and promoted the exchange of literature between China and Latin America. In the future, the “Window of Shanghai” will continue to porvide book services for the Confucius Institute at the Catholic University of Peru, in order to let more Confucius students and local people understand and love China and Chinese literature.