San Francisco Public Library and National Center Library, Taiwan co-organized, Northern California National Taiwan University Alumni and Chinese-American Librarians Association Northern California Chapter co-sponsored the lecture and exhibit of Su Dongpo and his Ci at San Francisco Public Library on October 12, 2013.
Su Shi (1037 – 1101), styled Zizhan, self-styled Dongpo Jushi, was a Northern Song Dynasty writer, poet, painter, and calligrapher born in Meishan (now Meishan County in Si chuan Province).
National Center Library donated thousands of dollars Song Ban Shu of collection of Su’s Ci to San Francisco Public Library, and would be exhibited at Chinese Center. The event started with Special Collection librarian from the National Central Library introduces Su Dongpo, and Song Ban Shu of three Su’s (Su Dongpo, his father Su Xun, and his sibling Su Che).
After it, the lecture was held at Latino Community Room in the Main Library. The Program Manager of San Francisco Public Library: Ms. Yemila Alvarez, Director of National Central Library: Dr. Tseng Shu-Hsien, Director of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco: Bruce Fu, Director of NTU Alumni: Henry Wei, Chinese-American Librarians Association, Northern California Chapter President: Jessica Lu, and Chairman of Chinese Literature and Art Association in America: Jay Lu spoke to audience to welcome everyone.
From 1:45 PM, Professor Lau Siu-Hung from National Taiwan University presented the lecture of Su Dongpo.
Professor Lau introduced Ci as the poem in Chinese history representing the beauty of feminine, the sweet of love and disappointing, changes of year and life. Ci usually was known in between poem and tune. In addition, he explained the reason Su Dongpo started writing Ci, the changes in his life: death of his mother, losing of his first wife, and leaving his father and sibling away, etc.