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Ethnic Minority Literatures in China and My Own Writing

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Confucius Institute of UC Davis are pleased to announce a reading and lecture by the Tibetan writer Alai.

May 25, 2016
from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM

Memorial Union, MU II

An important contributor to contemporary Chinese and Tibetan literature, Alai is best known for his historical novel, Red Poppies (尘埃落定), which explores issues of Tibetan identity, language, and memory in the borderlands of the Himalayan plateau in the early 20th century. The novel won the Mao Dun Prize for Literature in 2000, making Alai the youngest writer and one of the few ethnic minority writers in China to have received the prestigious national award. His recent novel The Song of King Gesar (格萨尔王) is based on the traditional oral epic from the Tibetan region of Kham. Both novels have been translated by Howard Goldblatt and Sylvia Lin.

Sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Confucius Institute at UC Davis.

Special thanks to: East Asian Studies Program, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of History, Department of Native American Studies, Humanities Institute, and Institute for Social Sciences.

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