Springfield, Ohio - Wittenberg faculty continue to shine in the world spotlight as evidenced by Shelley W. Chan, professor of Chinese language and cultural studies and Howard Choy, associate professor of Chinese language and cultural studies, who were invited to participate in a recent dialogue with 2012 Nobel Prize winner for literature Professor Mo Yan as part of Hong Kong Baptist University’s 60th Anniversary Shun Hing Distinguished Lecture Series in Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, China.
Following Yan’s keynote speech, Choy introduced Chan and Yan and the two of them engaged in a conversation about Yan’s novels and stories revolving around the theme of “Hallucinatory Homeland Soils”.
“This dialogue will certainly help me in teaching about his novel The Red Sorghum Family in my Chinese 151 Film and Fiction in Modern China class every fall semester as well as my 300/400 level course - From May Fourth to June Fourth: Lu Xun and Mo Yan,” Chan said. “I can bring fresh information and new angles to students after my recent discussion with the author.”
In his address, Yan said every nation and every era needs its own writers to reflect the life and culture of that particular period of time and that Chinese writers should look to local tradition and history for resources and materials for writing, and write about their hometown and childhood.
The talk was one of the distinguished lectures in the series supported by Shun Hing Education and Charity Fund. For more on the story: http://hkbuenews.hkbu.edu.hk/?t=enews_details/1545