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Asian Festival of Children’s Content
23–26 May 2024


Global changes in the last two decades mean that the effects of globalisation, and changes in the values and envisioning of the world by a new-generation of parents have drawn more attention to the cultural aspects of children picture books. The two approaches of injecting cultural symbols superficially to cater to the hunger for novelty of some readers, and deliberately eliminating local characteristics for internationalisation are both overkills. This talk will discuss children's publishing, and the creative process by which authors strive to connect good stories with readers' experience and curiosity to open a window to the world for them.  

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Chun-Liang Yeh

叶俊良 (Chun-Liang Yeh) (Taiwan/France)

Chun-Liang Yeh grew up in Taiwan and founded the publishing house HongFei Cultures with Loïc Jacob in France in 2007. HongFei publishes about 10 new titles per year, most of which are picture books for children on three major themes : travelling, curiosity and relationships. “La Ballade de Mulan” with its outstanding illustration won the Chen Bochui Award in Shanghai in 2015. Chun-Liang Yeh, having been working with European partners for many years, is at ease in guiding creators so as to deliver picture books, including those with Asian cultural contents, that can be understood and appreciated by French readers.

叶俊良来自台湾,2007 年与黎雅格 Loïc Jacob 在法国创办鸿飞文化出版社。鸿飞每年出版约 10 种新书,大部分是以旅行、对未知的好奇和人我关系为主轴的儿童图画故事书,其中《花木兰》以其出色的插图获得2015 年上海陈伯吹国际儿童文学奖。叶俊良长期与欧洲伙伴合作,善于和创作者展开对话,提供法国读者能够理解和欣赏的图画书,包括具有亚洲文化内容的作品。

Denon Lim Denan

林得楠 (Denon Lim Denan) (Singapore)


Denon Lim Denan  has been deeply involved with Chinese literature, publishing, and writing since his youth. In 1994, he and his wife started their own publishing business. He is currently the President and Chief Editor at Lingzi Media. Over the past 30 years, Lim has witnessed and contributed to the evolution of Chinese publishing in Singapore, involving thousands of projects with authors such as Hu Wei, Ace Khong, Patrick Yee, and Lin Wenpei. Recently, he has been active in bringing Singaporean children's books into the digital and online reading arena, including developing the platform Lim is also an award-winning poet with several publications and participates in children's literature as a writer of multiple children's picture books.

Dai Yun

Moderator 戴芸 (Dai Yun) (China / Singapore)

儿童绘本作者,代表作品包括《你看见喜鹊了吗?》、《苏丹的犀角》、《北极熊搬家》、《溜达鸡》、《梧桐》、《臭袜子不见了》、《一到冬天就下雪》等。作品曾获“信谊图画书奖”文字组佳作奖,2018国家图书馆“小金狮杯”原创图画书年度排行榜Top 5, 2019和2022年《父母必读》原创绘本推荐,2019年深圳读书月“年度十大童书”,2019年大鹏自然童书奖,第七届“中国童书榜”最佳童书,第十五届国家文津图书奖推荐图书,2022新京报年度阅读推荐以及第七届“丰子恺儿童图画书奖”首奖等重要奖项。

Dai Yun is an author of children’s picture books.  Yun’s stories vary widely in theme and style, and some of her most acclaimed books include The Wandering ChickenSudan’s HornWhere Can We Go and Have You Seen the Magpie. Her books have won some of the most important awards in China, including being listed among the Recommended Books by the National Library of China’s Wenjin Book Award. She is also the First Prize winner of the prestigious Feng Zikai Chinese Children’s Book Award in 2021. Her works have been published in other languages such as English, French, Danish and Arabic.

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