Inclusive reading salon strengthens cultural exchange
by Xu Wei
"Congyoubing Meets Crepes," an inclusive reading salon, was hosted at the Shanghai United Media Group on Tuesday, for 60 Chinese and foreign literature fans, some of whom are physically challenged.
The barrier-free reading project is guided by the Shanghai People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, the Shanghai United Media Group, and the Shanghai Writers' Association.
It's a joint effort by the Shanghai Disabled Person's Welfare Foundation, Shanghai Xinhua Media Chain Co Ltd and Shanghai Daily.
Xinhua Book Store NI GUANG 226 and City News Service also provided support for its operation.
Hearing impaired pastry chefs Yu Youbo and Wang Dongshuo, and chefs from Marriott International presented attendees congyoubing (scallion pancakes) and crepes, which are special delicacies in Shanghai and Paris.
Alfred Gao, chairman of the Marriott East China Business Council, said that they were delighted to join the Inclusive Reading Salon which embodies Marriott International's values of embracing differences and putting people first.
"Through this event, it's important to shine a light on how we support diversity, equality and inclusion, serve a diverse group of people, and support the development of the communities where we work and live," Gao added.
During the salon, scholars, writers, celebrated chefs and wine experts also shared their experiences and thoughts about literature, and the varied cultures, lifestyles and the vivid scenes of life related to literary work.