China Through Saskatchewan Eyes: Evelyn Potter’s 1971 Journey

China Through Saskatchewan Eyes: Evelyn Potter’s 1971 Journey

March 15 to June 15, 2019 at Diefenbaker Canada Centre

The FROGBEAR project is pleased to support the travelling exhibition of China Through Saskatchewan Eyes: Evelyn Potter’s 1971 Journey. This special initiative is partially funded by FROGBEAR to provide an opportunity for Western Canadian communities to learn about materials relating to East Asian Religions in contemporary Chinese history.

On display at Diefenbaker Canada Centre until June 15, 2019, China Through Saskatchewan Eyes: Evelyn Potter’s 1971 Journey features a sampling of more than 1,150 photographs taken by Potter in 1971, when she travelled to China as a member of a historically significant Canadian delegation led by University of British Columbia faculty to promote cultural exchange and understanding. Co-curated by Evelyn Potter, Dr. Liang Zhao (Ph.D.), a professor from Sichuan University (China), and Dr. Keith Thor Carlson (Ph.D.), a University of Saskatchewan history professor, the exhibit presents evocative pictures of city, farm, school, family, religious, and factory life providing an intimate view of Chinese society at the mid-way point of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.

China Through Saskatchewan Eyes: Evelyn Potter’s 1971 Journey was funded by:

  • Keith Thor Carlson, Research Chair in Indigenous and Community Engaged History, University of Saskatchewan
  • The College of Arts & Science, University of Saskatchewan
  • The Confucius Institute at the University of Saskatchewan
  • “From the Ground Up”: Buddhism and East Asian Religions (FROGBEAR), Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia




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Panel Discussion: The Evolution of Saskatchewan’s Relationship with China
Tuesday, April 23, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Canada Room, Diefenbaker Building, 101 Diefenbaker Place

This panel discuss the genesis and development of the exhibit, China Through Saskatchewan Eyes, Evelyn Potter’s experiences as a delegate with the 1971 trade mission, the history of Saskatchewan’s relations with China, and current efforts in trade and cultural exchange between Saskatchewan and China.

Participants include:

  • Dr. Dongyan Blachford, Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Regina
  • Dr. Keith Thor Carlson, Department of History, University of Saskatchewan (co-curator)
  • Danielle Potter, granddaughter of Evelyn Potter
  • William Wang, Director, Greater China, Ministry of Trade and Export Development, Government of Saskatchewan
  • Dr. Liang Zhao, Sichuan University, China (co-curator)







This panel discussion is supported by SaskCulture, the City of Saskatoon, and the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan.

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