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Thursday, March 21, 2002 - 19:30

Modern Chinese Literature

Mr. Shu Yi, Executive Director, National Museum of Modern Chinese Literature

Embassy of Sri Lanka

With the overthrow of the Qing dynasty and the establishment of the Chinese republic, efforts were made to adapt the time-honored Chinese civilization to the modern world. One of the efforts was the adoption of the modern vernacular (bai-hua) as the sole medium for creative literature as well as the official language for school textbooks. This period (1911-1949) is said to have produced some of the most outstanding Chinese novelists whose work were often characterized by social consciousness, faithful realism and acute sensitivity, depicting social agony and upheaval.

With 400 thousand collected items from the glorious achievements of Chinese New Literature of the past 100 years, the National Museum of Modern Chinese Literature is now the most established literary archive and literary museum. Mr. Shu Yi, the executive director of the museum, will talk to BIS members on the works and lives of some of the most prominent writers including his father Lao She (author of ‘Tea House’, 'Rickshaw Boy'), Lu Xun, Ba Jin, Bing Xin.