Mea­ger Pay­ments

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Be­fore the slight in­crease in the amount of au­thors' re­mu­ner­a­tion by literary mag­a­zines in 2010,

Chi­nese writ­ers and trans­la­tors have for dozens of years earned 60 to 80 yuan (US$8.7 to US$11.6) per thou­sand words. To date, some mag­a­zines of­fer a max­i­mum of 1,000 yuan (US$145) per thou­sand words but literary trans­la­tors are still paid 80 yuan per thou­sand words. Over the past 120 years, pay­ments for writ­ers and trans­la­tors have fallen. When the Peo­ple's Repub­lic of China was founded in 1949, the pay for writ­ing a book could buy a tra­di­tional court­yard dwelling in Bei­jing. But since the 1990s, writ­ers and trans­la­tors have been hardly able to make ends meet amid the ris­ing cost of liv­ing, and many tal­ented writ­ers have switched to other jobs. Nowa­days in China, most writ­ers and trans­la­tors de­vote them­selves to the pro­fes­sion out of en­thu­si­asm and pas­sion alone.

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