The First Seminar on the History and Culture of the Dai Nationality in Western Yunnan kicked off in Dehong Teachers’ College on April 10.
More than 150 experts and scholars home and abroad and representatives of 23 academic institutions exchanged ideas on the research, protection, inheritance, and development of Dai culture.
Among the leaders who attended the opening ceremony of the seminar were Dao Aimin, Chairman of the Association of Dai Studies of Yunnan Province, Wei Gang, Deputy Secretary of CPC Dehong Prefetural Committee also Governor of Dehong Prefecture, Huang Liyun, Chairwoman of Dehong CPPCC, E Tun, Deputy Director of Dehong SCNPC, Guan Guozhao, Deputy Chairman of Dehong CPPCC, Kong Legan, Secretary of CPC Dehong Teachers’ College Committee, and Qiu Yong, President of Dehong Teachers’ College.
Wei Gang delivering a speech
On behalf of CPC Dehong Committee, Dehong government and people of different nationalities in Dehong, Wei Gang expressed warm welcome to leaders, experts, scholars and guests from home and abroad. He maintained, “To inherit and promote outstanding ethnic culture, expand internal and external exchanges and cooperation, and raise Dehong's popularity and reputation, CPC Dehong Committee and Dehong government have decided to hold 2019 Water-splashing Carnival in Mangshi from April 11 to April 13. The First Seminar on the History and Culture of the Dai Nationality in Western Yunnan is a major cultural event during the carnival. CPC Dehong Committee and Dehong government have spared no effort in holding a high-level international academic seminar. ”
The topics of this seminar covered ancient and modern history of China and other countries, including the origin, migration, settlement and distribution of the Dai nationality, the Dai culture, the rise and change of the Dai Kingdom, the origin and evolution of Dai Opera. The seminar is sponsored by Dehong Government and academically guided by Yunnan Academy of Social Science and Association of Dai Studies of Yunnan Province. The seminar targets to promote the outstanding Dai culture, enhance the cultural self-confidence of the ethnic minorities in the border areas, and explore the future of the various ethnic groups in western Yunnan. It serves as an innovative platform for Southeast Asian scholars to make transnational studies on the history and culture of the Dai, to promote cooperation and communication of scholars in and out of China, and to provide theoretical support to “Belt and Road” construction and harmonious development in the frontier.
The major events of the three-day seminar included keynote report, special academic symposium, exhibition of research achievement in Dai studies and visit to Jiang Yingliang Dai Museum. As an important cultural event for Water Splashing Festival, the seminar is to be held every two years in the future.