2012-12-13 Chinese Literature Overseas
    2012-12-12 17:32:45     CRIENGLISH.com         Web Editor: luyuan


 

China may be a robust exporter of manufactured goods, but its ability to export cultural products, such as literature works, is not nearly as vibrant. For years, Chinese literature has struggled to expand its overseas access, particularly when compared to other foreign language literary works, such as those from Europe or Latin America. It's true that not every part of the Western world finds it palatable to read Chinese literature works due to drastic cultural differences.

But now there is growing interest in the West in learning more about China, a prosperous nation with a rich history. Chinese works are now gaining broader popularity. This popularity may get a further boost as Mo Yan, a prominent Chinese writer, has won the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature. Mo Yan is not the only prolific writer in China. China has been a fertile breeding ground for talented writers. More work needs to be done to usher them onto the global stage.

So, how are Chinese literature works perceived overseas? And what efforts can be made to further promote Chinese literature abroad?

Ni hao, you're listening to   People In the Know, bringing you insights into the headline news in China and around the world, I'm Zheng Chenguang in Beijing.

We speak to Dr. Robert Con Davis-Undiano, Executive Director of Chinese Literature Today and World Literature Today, Neustadt Professor of Comparative Literature, and Presidential Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma and Prof. Tang Xiaobing, Professor of Comparative Literature and Helmut F. Stern Professor of Modern Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan, U.S.A.

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