Contemporary Chinese Literature: Voices of Three Generations | Brookings Institution

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by Hannah James on May 29th, 2015   550 views

When and Where

  • 29/05/2015
    9:00 am - 11:00 am

  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Root Room
    1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
    Washington D.C.
    United States
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Contemporary Chinese Literature: Voices of Three Generations | Brookings Institution

Event Details

The John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution will host three accomplished contemporary Chinese writers: Zhao Lihong, a gifted Shanghainese poet, author and literary critic; Su Tong, the bestselling author of “Raise the Red Lantern”; and Feng Tang, China’s popular jack-of-all-trades writer. The discussion will center on the generational differences of writing in—and about—a rapidly changing China.

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Although Chinese literature has a history dating back two thousand years, its dynamism has never waned. By popularizing vernacular prose in the early decades of the last century, Lu Xun, Lao She, Ba Jin and others of the New Culture Movement revolutionized modern Chinese literature. Chinese writings today also reflect vibrant changes in modern society, offering us a distinct and creative insight into the political, social, economic, and demographic transformations that are taking place in present day China.

Questions will be taken from the audience following the discussion.


Cheng Li: Director, John L. Thornton China Center, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy


Zhao Lihong: Poet and Literary Critic View Bio

Su Tong: Novelist View Bio

Feng Tang: Novelist View Bio


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