Chinese film director Zhang Yimou will be conferred an honorary doctorate degree by Boston University in recognition of his efforts to popularize the Chinese culture.
"The rise in status of the Chinese nation and its people has attracted the attention and concern of the international community concerning Chinese cultural figures," said movie director Zhang Yimou to reporters when he was invited to receive the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Boston University in the US.
Boston University President Robert Brown said in a letter to Zhang that the honorary doctorate was awarded to him because his films "have not only introduced and popularized the people and culture of China to worldwide audiences, but has also opened a window into universal aspects of human nature and yearning."
The Opening and Closing ceremonies of the 29th Olympic Games held in Beijing, where Zhang was the Director in Chief, "left the world in awe with their unparalleled beauty and magnificence-its glamour and meaning are unsurpassable."
Hugo Shong, a Boston University trustee and founding partner of American IDGVC venture fund who recommended Zhang for the honor and organized the event, said that when he watched the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, he, as a Chinese American, was very excited. He therefore strongly recommended Zhang as a candidate for the degree. Ultimately, the Academic Committee of Boston University passed the decision with a unanimous vote.
Beijing opera master Mei Lanfang was the only Chinese person in history to attain an honorary doctorate degree from US Pomona College back to 1930.
By People's Daily Online