Lakehead Lecture Series Explores China’s Mighty ‘Red Dragon’

Former Orillians now living in China will be among the presenters of the Third Age Learning Lakehead series, which begins March 30


As the world watches recent geopolitical events unfold, many have their eyes on China and ask questions about the mighty “red dragon.”

And what better way is there to learn more about China and answer these questions than by listening directly to those with expertise, knowledge and real-world experience living in the country?

Starting March 30, Third Age Learning Lakehead, in conjunction with the Canadian Federation of University Women of Muskoka, will host China and the World, a five-part lecture series bringing together scholars, entrepreneurs, and Canadians living today. in the country to discuss China today. .

The series will open with Dr. Hongying Wang, a professor at the University of Waterloo, who will examine China’s recent economic transformation and offer insight into the internal and external stories of China’s economic rise.

On April 6, Jan Wong, the highly acclaimed Beijing correspondent of the Globe and Mail and best-selling author, will share his experiences living in China at the height of the Cultural Revolution, including as an eyewitness to the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

Sarah Kutulakos, Executive Director of the Canada China Business Council, will describe some of the myths and realities of China today and provide insight into Canada’s economic engagement with the Middle Kingdom on April 13.

The following week, Canadian hockey coach Mark Simon will present From the Great Wall to Ice Ball: Chinese Society and its World of Hockey during which he will describe the successes and challenges he faced working tirelessly during more than a decade of bringing Canadian hockey and team sports values ​​to Chinese youth.

The series will end on April 27 by bridging the gap between the “local” and the “global”. Former Orillia residents Derek and Susan Irwin, who both helped launch the Orillia campus of Lakehead in 2006, will discuss their experience of moving their family 11,458 kilometers to Ningbo, China, ago 12 years. They will be joined by their daughter, Georgia, who, after growing up in China and being fluent in Mandarin, chose to stay and pursue post-secondary education there.

Join Third Age Learning Lakehead on Wednesday mornings to listen, share and learn about China and its place in our world. More information, including how to register, can be found at


Angela C. Hale