We are delighted to bring back to Edinburgh, one of the upcoming new stars on Chna’s literary scene. In this special event titled Literary Beijing under Globalisation, Xu Zechen will talk about the representation of Beijing in literature from post-imperial to modern times, including the new Beijing that has emerged since China’s Opening Up as the city has undergone a process of modernisation and expansion.
Xu will also analyse current Chinese social classes and discuss the popular Beijing terms “marginal man”, “Beijing floater” and “ant tribe”.
Born in 1978 in Jiangsu Province, Xu Zechen obtained a master’s degree in Chinese literature from Peking University. Xu is the author of Jerusalem, Midnight’s Door, Night Train, Heaven on Earth and Running through Beijing. He has won several prizes within China for new and promising writers. In 2009 he was Writer in Residence at Creighton University in Nebraska, and he took part in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program in 2010. His work has been translated into German, Korean, English, Dutch, Japanese and Mongolian
This event is jointly hosted by the Confucius Institute for Scotland and Beijing Publishing Group.
It will take place in Lecture Theatre 3, University of Edinburgh Business School, 29-31 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh on Thursday 15 Sept from 2pm till 3pm. Please note the talk will be in Chinese with sequential translation.