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Friday, May 27, 2011
Special Event: “Writing China in Silicon Valley, A Dialogue between Chen Qian (award-winning female writer based in Silicon Valley) and Wang Kan (visi
Special Event: “Writing China in Silicon Valley, A Dialogue between Chen Qian (award-winning female writer based in Silicon Valley) and Wang Kan (visiting scholar and professor of literature from Zhejiang), followed by discussion
Time: Saturday 2:30-4:00, May 28, 2011 Place: Nairobi Room, Graduate Community Center (2nd Floor), 750 Escondido Road, Stanford. Working Language: Chinese Soft Drinks and Light Refreshments will be served. Introduction: Qian Chen grew up in Nanning, China and came to the United States in 1989, where she received a MS degree in Computer Engineering at the University of Idaho, and worked as a logic design engineer until early 2008. During her engineering career, Chen’s stories and essays have been published in People’s Literature, Harvest and other publications in China and abroad. Her first novel, Xia Ju, was published in 2002. Her novella, Listen to the Caged Bird Sing, received the People’s Literature Award, one of the most prestigious literature awards in China, and her novella Teresa’s Rogue received the Yu Da Fu Fiction Prize, and was nominated for the Lu Xun Literature Award, and the National Literature Award of China. Wang Kan received his Ph.D. from Nanjing University, and is now Professor of contemporary Chinese Literature in Hangzhou Normal University. He specializes in modern Chinese literary thoughts. He is author of five books, including Narratives and Rhetoric (2010), History, Language and Desire (2008), and others. This dialogue and discussion will include, but not limited to, the following questions: How did Chen Qian manage to reinvent herself from a computer engineer into an award-winning novelist? What is the path that one can take to become a successful writer in China? How to write about China in the U.S.? How is overseas Chinese literature read in Mainland China? How do insiders of the Chinese literature circle understand the contemporary Chinese literary production and the future of Chinese literature?