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April 3, 2006

Modernization, Preservation Of Chinese Heritage Explored At April 10 Lecture

Li Xing, assistant to the editor-in-chief and features editor of China Daily, the only national English language newspaper in China, will discuss the conflict between modernization and preservation of cultural heritage at the next International Mondays lecture from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, April 10 in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. The lecture is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

"The question is imperative: is there a conflict between modernization and preservation of cultural heritage? What are we going to do about it?" said Li. 

During the lecture, Li will explore the schism in China between embracing modernity and preserving its unique multi-ethnic cultural heritage. She will give examples of the modern developments that are transforming rural areas and city skylines, as old houses are bulldozed to make room for shining, glass apartment complexes. Li will take an in-depth look at the enormous changes that China has experienced over the last two decades.

Working at China Daily for many years, Li has coordinated in-depth reports on national issues ranging from politics and society to culture and the lives of people. She has also traveled extensively throughout China and as the feature editor of China Daily, has written on a range of topics including culture, society, including issues on gender and equality, science and medicine, environment and wildlife.

Li is visiting the UI campus thanks to an innovative collaboration between China Daily, the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication and UI International Programs. As part of the partnership, an editor will come to the UI to teach a one-semester hour international studies module for four weeks, and a UI international studies and journalism major will have an opportunity to work at the China Daily.

For more information on the lecture, the International Mondays series or special accommodations to attend the lecture, contact Amy Green at 319-335-1433 or

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs, the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and the Iowa City Public Library and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually held from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday throughout the academic year, with the exception of holidays and breaks.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Amy Green, 319-335-1433,