Writ­ers gather to dis­cuss global ap­peal

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By MEI JIA mei­jia@chi­nadaily.com.cn

More on­line writ­ers join­ing the fore­front of the lit­er­ary main­stream and the in­creas­ing global ap­peal of Chi­nese writ­ers will be fea­tured top­ics dur­ing the up­com­ing ninth Na­tional Congress of the China Writ­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

Nearly 1,000 writ­ers, in­clud­ing over­seas Chi­nese writ­ers, will gather in Bei­jing for the four-day meet­ing begin­ning on Wed­nes­day. The congress meets every five years.

He Jian­ming, vice-pres­i­dent of the as­so­ci­a­tion, said on Mon­day that he feels the meet­ing will be a vig­or­ous re­flec­tion of the Chi­nese writ­ing scene. The el­dest par­tic­i­pant will be 101-yearold Ma Shitu, whose novel has been turned into the hit movie Let the Bul­lets Fly.

Tangjia San­shao, an on­line writer known for his per­sis­tent up­dates of 8,000 to 10,000 words daily for 12 years, was among the first on­line writ­ers given mem­ber­ship, join­ing in 2006.

100 ti­tles of con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese works are trans­lated for the global mar­ket each year.

“I have many ex­pec­ta­tions for the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of on­line lit­er­a­ture, as I’m hon­ored to be the first on­line writer elected as amem­berof the na­tional com­mit­tee of the ninth congress,” he said.

“Younger writ­ers bring fresh blood to the ur­ban lit­er­a­ture. We’ll see more sup­port for them,” he added.

Vice-Pres­i­dent He said that in the five years since the eighth na­tional congress, 2,253 writ­ers have joined the as­so­ci­a­tion, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber of mem­bers to more than 10,000.

Among the new mem­bers, 40 per­cent are un­der age 45, 27 per­cent are fe­male and 13 per­cent are on­line or free­lance writ­ers.

He added that the as­so­ci­a­tion is con­duct­ing re­search on newly aris­ing lit­er­ary forms, re­in­forc­ing its ba­sic func­tion of “be­ing an im­por­tant so­cial force that en­ables lit­er­a­ture to pros­per, and pro­mot­ing ef­forts to build a cul­tur­ally ad­vanced so­ci­ety”.

In re­cent years, the as­so­ci­a­tion brought 367 writ­ers to live among vil­lagers and to write about their grass­roots ex­pe­ri­ences, and it has sent 150 writ­ers to re-ex­pe­ri­ence the route of the Long March.

Each year, about 100 ti­tles of con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese works are trans­lated for the global mar­ket, and more Chi­nese writ­ers are win­ning in­ter­na­tional awards, in­clud­ing the Hans Chris­tian Andersen Award for chil­dren’s book au­thors and il­lus­tra­tors and the Hugo Award for sci­ence fic­tion or fan­tasy works, He said.

Writer and lit­er­ary critic Cao Wenx­uan said, “The China story is an end­less re­source to write about, but it should be told from the per­spec­tive of, and for the sake of, all hu­man be­ings.”

At the meet­ing, Cao will also join the other writ­ers in dis­cus­sion of Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s speeches on lit­er­a­ture and cul­ture.

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