Feng Tang, “sexuality is almost my trademark”.

 

Feng Tang 5Feng Tang is a writer famous in China but controversial as a result of certain publications considered by censorship as pornographic. It is not a camouflage; nothing political in his books, no direct social criticism. The behavior of his heroes, however, shows a failure to adapt and sometimes a reject of excessive consumption..

 

– Literature, “a very serious hobby”:

 

Feng Tang is a surprising cocktail: gynecologist, consultant, entrepreneur and investor; author of … Lire la suite

Yang Mu and Taiwan, a love story…

Yang MuYang Mu is undoubtedly one of the major writers among those who write in Chinese; he is best known as a poet particularly in Taiwan where he was born and the United States where he has spent most of his academic career.

He has won in 2013 the Newman Prize, awarded by the University of Oklahoma and an international jury to an author writing in Chinese (of any nationality). He is in good company with… Lire la suite

A seminar in Paris, the 15th of December on Mao and popular memory.

Mao ZedongThe policy of the Communist Party to impose its vision of history has contributed to a form of amnesia and multiple restrictions on the evocation of the Maoist period, but also gave rise to many reactions: the actors of this period getting older wanted to testify; economic liberalization and especially the development of the internet could allow this to happen.

Newspapers, photographs, documentaries, personal and family autobiographies, a significant amount of information was published. Major … Lire la suite

At the Guimet museum, the Han dynasty, the foundations of the Chinese civilization.

affiche Han GuimetWe did not mention many exhibitions in the Guimet museum in Paris concerning China, some of them were a bit disappointing, but it is without any reservation that we can recommend the exhibition ” Glory of the Han”, which celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France.

27 Chinese museums have lent more than 200 objects of importance and a remarkable work with the lay out and presentation was … Lire la suite

“De l’écrit à l’écran”, cycle de films à l’Institut Confucius de Paris Diderot (cinquième année).

Qju juOn a plusieurs fois mentionné ce cycle remarquable qui se tient à l’Institut Confucius de l’université Paris Diderot. Celle-ci est bien reliée au centre de Paris par de nombreuses lignes de bus et par la ligne 14 (Météor). Point d’excuse pour ne pas retrouver des amphis même si parfois le matériel de projection se fait un peu prier !

Environ soixante films ont été présentés ces dernières années et il faut remercier Marie Claire Quiquemelle et … Lire la suite

They talk to Xinran:”China Witness”, the confession of a generation.

Xinran, mémoire de Chine.They were twenty years old in 1949 with the victory of Mao Zedong, they get older, their numbers are decreasing …. Xinran , who has published an international success ” The good women of China “, has confessed this generation in her book “Memories of China ” (translated into English as “China Witness” (2)) and which has just been published in France as a paperback( 1)

I met Xinran twice for an interview and I

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Chen Kaige, a youth during the Cultural Revolution.

Chen KaigeThe cycle “Literature and Cinema ” which I mentioned a few weeks ago, led me to a wonderful film by Chen Kaige, “King of the children ” but also to read several short stories by A Cheng ( 1) and especially an outstanding book by Chen Kaige , “A Chinese Youth ” ( 2) which is, in my opinion, essential to “feel” what was the Cultural Revolution and the transfer of millions of young people

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Au musée Cernuschi à Paris, expo impériale pour les bronzes chinois.

oiseau_detailLe Musée Cernuschi à Paris présente actuellement une remarquable exposition de bronzes de la Chine impériale, des empereurs Song (960-1279) à la dernière dynastie des Qing.

Paradoxalement, ces pièces sont moins bien connues que les bronzes antiques car considérées comme tardives et imitant les modèles anciens ; le Musée Cernuschi avec plus de mille pièces en possède l’une des plus grandes collections au monde.

Ces objets sont certes moins spectaculaires que les bronzes de la dynastie Lire la suite

In the Guimet museum, “Scholar rocks”, at the hart of Chinese culture.

You can visit until June 25, at the Guimet Museum in Paris, a beautiful exhibition on Chinese scholars, “scholar rocks” and the objects which make up their “treasures”.

Unlike in the West, stones more than plants play a vital role in Chinese gardens. The rugged and monumental rocks, as from the seventh century, will begin to enter the studios of scholars in a reduced size and installed on pedestals of precious wood.

The vogue of … Lire la suite

The philosopher François Jullien: “China, the greatest world power”

A remarkable book allows the non-specialist to find a good summary of the work of the philosopher and sinologist François Jullien, but also to follow his thoughts on many current topics: the evolution of Chinese power, human rights, decline in Europe, the role of the media …

Nicolas Martin and Antoine Spire, former journalists at the radio “ France Culture”, are the authors of many books. Their “China, the dissidence of François Jullien,” includes an … Lire la suite

Cao Yu, a classic of the 20th century.

A few months ago was celebrated in China, the anniversary of the birth of the great playwrighter, Cao Yu (1910-1996) and last week in London, his stepdaughter, Dr Ruru Li (1) from Leeds University, organized for a few days an exhibition and lectures at SOAS ( London University). Finally, in Paris, on Friday February 25 will be presented by Luisa Prudentino “The Savage Land”, a film by Liang Zi based on the play by Cao … Lire la suite

Gao Xingjian, two meetings in Paris with a complete artist.

Gao Xingjian, Nobel prize winner in literature is best known for his books and especially for a masterpiece, “The Soul Mountain.” He is also known for his plays and his opera “Snow in August” and we admire his creations and his experiments with theatrical forms.

He is also famous as a painter and did not fail to recall that painting for a long time earned his living.

In Paris, Galerie Claude Bernard (1), … Lire la suite

“From a book to a screen”, Chinese films and literature in Paris.

Originally published on Rue89.com -12/16/2010 –

Thirteen films adapted from literary works will be shown during the next seven months at the Confucius Institute at the University of Paris Diderot, in the “Flour Hall” on the campus of Paris Rive Gauche.This Friday, “My Life” by Shi Hui, inspired by a story by Lao She .

Free sessions on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. which are presented by Luisa Prudentino, sinologist, professor at the INALCO, author of … Lire la suite