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Fan Hao is a visiting professor from China's Nanjing University this month as part of the Chinese Visiting Scholar Fellowship through the Bridging Cultures: U.S./China Program of Mount Saint Mary’s University.

Visiting Chinese Professor Shares Artistic Vision

Feb. 11, 2008 --This month the Mount welcomes Fan Hao, a professor of English and drama at China's Nanjing University, as the sixth recipient of the Chinese Visiting Scholar Fellowship through the Bridging Cultures: U.S./China Program of the Mount's Education Department.

The program, begun in 2000, is coordinated with the Asian and Pacific Studies Program at Loyola Marymount University. Mount Program Director Nancy Pine invites a Chinese woman to the Mount each year to share ideas and stories about life in China with Mount students in classes as varied as child development and world economics.

Hao's passion is playwriting and theater work. In 2007, she co-wrote and co-directed a high-profile theater project co-sponsored by Nanjing University and Japan's Tokyo International Christian University. The production brought together students from both universities for a dramatic telling of the 1937 tragedy known as the "Nanking Massacre" (the city now known as Nanjing). During the massacre, the Japanese imperial army stormed what was then China's capital and slayed hundreds of thousands of residents.

"The play looks at how can we get close with a past we had and still have," she says. "This play is about doubt and hope mingled together."

Beyond playwriting, Hao says she is especially excited about this year's Beijing Olympics kicking off in August. "The Chinese have the mentality that they want to show the world their strength and vitality," Hao says. "The Olympics provides a stage where China can invite all the other countries in and share everything it has to offer."

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