Ahead of the 20th World Book and Copyright Day, also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Day, we took a look at the rise of digital publishing and reading, and how that’s impacting the industry. A recent survey indicates that Chinese people read about eight books per capita in the past year, trailing behind major developed countries. Have Chinese people turned away from intellectual pursuits? Is this a reflection of societal development? How can the Chinese government help promote reading and literacy? Join us for a panel discussion with Professor Teng Jimeng from the American Studies Center at Beijing Foreign Studies University; Li Hua, Associate Professor of Creative Writing from the English Department at Renmin University of China; and in Washington DC, Dr. Imani M. Cheers, Assistant Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.
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