U.S. university holds international symposium on ties between China’s Silk Road and U.S. “Silk City” – Xinhua

Video: William Paterson University in New Jersey is hosting an international symposium on the links between China’s ancient Silk Road and a city known as “Silk City” in the United States. (Xinhua)

“Cross-cultural academic exchange is an integral part of the educational mission of a modern, diverse university, whether at home, abroad, or in…virtual education,” says Richard J. Helldobler .

WAYNE, United States, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) — Known as America’s “Silk City,” Paterson, New Jersey, in the northeastern United States, was considered the last leg of China’s historic Silk Road that connected civilizations from different parts of the ancient world.

It’s one of the themes of an international symposium that opened Wednesday morning online and in person at William Paterson University (WP) in Wayne, New Jersey.

The town of Paterson, about 6 miles from the WP campus, was a major hub for the production of silk fabrics and earned the nickname “Silk City” of the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. .

Organized by WP’s Chinese Art Center, “Across Time and Space: The Silk Road and the Silk City,” which runs through Thursday, brought together experts from the United States, Britain and China examining the role of the ancient trade route in the development of the United States and China in culture, art, industry, and commerce since the 18th century.

Keynote speakers included Feng Zhao, honorary director of the National Silk Museum of China; Ben Marsh, Professor at the School of History at the University of Kent, UK; and Stephen Hahn, Emeritus Professor of English at William Paterson University.

William Paterson University (WP) President Richard J. Helldobler speaks at an international symposium “Across Time and Space: The Silk Road and the Silk City” at WP in Wayne, New Jersey, USA United, October 26, 2022. (Photo by Winston Zhou/Xinhua)

“Cross-cultural academic exchange is an integral part of the educational mission of a modern and diverse university, whether at home, abroad or in … virtual education,” said the president of the WP, Richard J. Helldobler, in his opening address.

The symposium and associated exhibits at the university galleries together exemplify the spirit of the WP Chinese Art Center’s mission and the university, Helldobler said, adding that since its founding in 2009, the center has been a wonderful vector for these exchanges and for the enrichment of the students and professors of the WP, as well as the participating artists and academics.

“The Silk Road from China to America” ​​and “A Lasting Thread” exhibitions “capture the mutual global influences of China and the United States through one of the most historically valued materials and its impact tremendous impact on regional industry and commerce, labor, global trade, and of course, art,” Helldobler said.

Huang Ping, the Chinese consul general in New York, expressed his hope that “the legacy and spirit of the Silk Road – peace and cooperation, openness and inclusion, mutual learning and mutual benefit – will be carried on for the well-being of our two peoples and the common prosperity of the whole world.”

“I also hope that the spirit of the Silk Road, which once helped shape the world in the past, can continue to help shape the world in the future and bring peace and prosperity,” he said. Huang said, adding he was confident in China’s resilience. Relations with the United States, based on a long history of cooperation and a solid foundation of person-to-person and city-to-city exchanges.

Huang Ping (1st L), China’s consul general in New York, looks at the exhibits at an exhibition ‘Textile Arts from China’s Guizhou’, which is being shown at an international symposium ‘Through Time and L ‘Space: The Silk Road and the Silk City’, at William Paterson University (WP) in Wayne, New Jersey, USA on October 26, 2022. (Photo by Winston Zhou/Xinhua)

“The symposium has created a platform for professional communication, mutual understanding and cooperation between China and the United States,” Huang said, adding that the WP Chinese Art Center is “working hard to build a new cultural silk road”.

During the two-day event, two exhibits are featured at WP. An Enduring Thread: The Silk Road from China to America reinvents the Silk Road by connecting China to the “Silk City” of Paterson, bringing together a world of silk objects from Asia, d Europe and North America from the 17th to the 20th century.

Guizhou Textile Arts in China brings together a selection of traditional textiles and new works by artists renowned for their use of resist dyeing, also known as batik, as well as embroidery and metalwork to create a distinct visual language that continues to evolve through the hands. of contemporary designers.

Meanwhile, an online exhibition “Silk and the Silk Road”, organized by the National Silk Museum of China, the WP Chinese Art Center and the Paterson Museum, is carried out on the platform of “online preservation” of the Silk Road Online Museum, with 84 artifacts from 41 museums in 15 countries.

Co-hosted by William Paterson University Galleries and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the symposium is co-sponsored by the China International Cultural Association, Guizhou International Cultural Association, Paterson City, Nantong Municipal People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Association of Sino-American Arts Colleges, National Silk Museum of China, Paterson Museum, Nantong University, Yangzhou University, Guizhou Minzu University, University of Commerce and Qiandongnan Vocational and Technical College for Nationalities.

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